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Applications are now invited for the 2021 Community Project Awards - an initiative run by the United Reformed Church (URC) in collaboration with Congregational, one of the UK's leading church insurance providers. The awards recognise innovative community projects that have a positive affect on local communities.

To be eligible, the project must be run in the UK by a URC congregation or by a local ecumenical project involving the URC. The winning project could receive up to £2,000. 

Read more: Community Project Awards: enter now!

The Children's and Youth Work theme for 2021 is Heroes and Villains.

The majority of our resources to support the theme is in our resource booklet, but here you can find supplementary resources. If you have resources you have created that would support this theme, please do email them to use so that we may add them here.

 

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Additional drama sketch - Revd. Roger Jones has contibuted an additional drama sketch entitled "My Hero". You can download the script here (PDF).

 

 

 

 

heroes

 

Heroes Creative Prayer - A creative prayer involving chocolate? Perfect. Thank you to Rachel Boxer for giving us permission to use this in our Heroes and Villains resource. Find the template for dice and a guide to the prayer ideas here (PDF). 

 

 

 

Pilots  

The Pilots 30-day Walking the Way Challenge is part of the Pilots Worship Materials in the centre pages of the booklet. It is suitable for anyone to use whether they are involved in Pilots or not. Find it here (PDF). 

 

 

 

 

 

road signs

 

One of the suggestions in the Toddler Praise section is to retell the story of Moses using road signs. This is an activity which may be suitable for a range of ages and could be developed in many different ways. Here is the document as PDF

 

 

 

   Trail signs 

 Outdoor Worship Trail Signs were contributed for the outdoor worship / Forest Church section of the resource by Jo Hopkins and Nathan Webb. You can download the PDF of the trail signs here

 

 

 

Superhero trail

This superhero trail is suitable for children/young people with additional needs but could easily be modified for other groups. Each page should be folded in half and laminated, then fastened or hung up along the trail with the superhero image visible. Some of the stations along the trail will need resources positioned there. 

Download the PDF trail here 

 

 

 

 

 

 Going Deeper 1     

Going Deeper 1 is the first section of the URC Young Adults Plus activity which encourages users to think about, pray about and take action about themselves, other people and church and society. This section is about The Hero Inside. Here it is as a one-page PDF 

 

 

 

 

 

Going Deeper 2Going Deeper 2 is the second section of the URC Young Adults Plus activity which encourages users to think about, pray about and take action about themselves, other people and church and society. This section is about The Villain Inside. Here it is as a two page or double sided PDF

The officers of the General Assembly convened Mission Council, the executive body of the URC, for business on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 November. This meeting was open to Synod representatives and their Moderators to attend online.

You can read updates from the event on the Mission Council meeting page.

Mission Council papers

We make these papers available to the wider URC membership asking that people be aware that they are discussion documents and that many changes may be made as a result of Mission Council decisions. 

Mission Council papers will be added below throughout this week.

 

 

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