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An exciting new opportunity has arisen for to enable young people and young adults (and even the more confident writers from URC Children) to make a visible contribution to the church and make their voices heard. Reform magazine have invited us to form a panel of writers to produce a new youth column for their monthly magazine. Here is the remit from Editor Steve Tomkins. You can contact him or the Programme Officer Lorraine Webb if you would like to learn more. 

Reform, the United Reformed Church’s national magazine, is planning a new column, written by younger members of the Church. The provisional title is ‘Here & now’. We would love to hear from people who are interested in writing for it.


The scope of the column is broad: we want to hear what you have to say. We want to hear the stories you have to tell and the points you have to make. What is it like being a Christian in today’s world? How are you living out your faith? What do you have to say to the Church? How do you want to change the world? How do you want to change the Church?

Contributors will be about the age of URC Youth, or possibly URC Children – but there is no strict cut-off point at either end.

The column will appear in every issue of Reform, so there will be ten instalments a year. The same contributor might write for it repeatedly, but there will not be a strict rota, and we hope to hear from a good number of different voices.

Provisionally, the length of the column is between 650 and 750 words.

Submission dates will be arranged with contributors. Text should submitted by email to Lorraine Webb at

 Steve Tomkins, Editor

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The Big Speak Out is our weekend residential for 11 to 18 year olds which, this year, is being held at Woodhouse Grove School, Apperley Bridge near Bradford.

The event starts at 6pm on Friday 24 July and runs through until 2pm on Sunday 26 July 2020. 

It will be a weekend of fun and friendship, during which we will explore our faith and be equipped with the skills and ideas that can help us make a difference in the church and the world,  finding those things we feel strongly about and championing our cause. There will be fun activities, good food, workshops, speakers, worship, games, movies, prayers, and free time to spend getting to know each other and building friendships. The setting is a boarding school set in its own grounds (complete with its own church building and its own theatre/cinema!) and a short walk from Apperley Bridge station on the line between Bradford and Leeds. 

As in previous years, there will be a Leaders' Gathering running parallel to this event, providing training and networking opportunities to any leaders (volunteer or paid) of youth groups, children's groups, Pilots companies, Junior Church etc. 

Both events cost £69 full board if booked before 5pm on 30 March 2020. Bookings after 5pm on 30 March 2020 will be at the full price of £85. If financial help is needed, talk to your local church or synod as many of these are providing financial support for the event. Alternatively email us at You can also use this address or phone us on 020 7916 8637 if you want to know more. 

Bookings are now open on  Book before 12 noon on 25 May 2020 to secure a place. 

Youth Eco Day

Do you care about the environment? Want to know how you can make a difference? Well this is the day for you!
There will Speakers, workshops, and activities to explore how you can tread more lightly on the earth.
When: 21st Feb, starting at 10:00 am
Where: Elswick URC, 4 Linden Fold, Preston PR4 3YF
Find out more and register

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Joint Public Issues Team Conference 

Concerned about the climate crisis? Keen to be part of the change needed to protect our planet? JPIT’s conference is aimed at inspiring innovative responses to this crisis, imagining how things could work for the good of all creation. #JPIT2020

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Crossfire Camp is an exciting event for young people aged 12+ organised by GEAR (Group for Evangelism and Renewal within the United Reformed Church). The camp takes place each May to explore more about faith in Jesus Christ through small groups, teaching, worship and a whole range of fun activities. Why not join them in 2020 for a great weekend of fun, meeting new people and exploring the gospel. 

Crossfire takes place across the second May bank holiday in Leicestershire and is only £30 when booked before 30th March (£40 after) with tent hire available from £5. For more information visit the Crossfire website

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