Good News Stories

This page is for all the good news stories out there worth sharing. Please do send us stories and photos of the things that you are doing (big or small) in your local church or synod, and let’s celebrate together how God is at work within our children and young people throughout the United Reformed Church.

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It was good to hear from the Revd Paul Robinson about the Rhyl District Girlguide Thinking Day celebrations and commemorations on Saturday which was hosted by his church.

There were about 120 children and young people and around 20 members of the trefoil and leaders who gathered at The United Church in Rhyl for the Rhyl District Girl Guide Thinking Day event. The children and young people spent time learning about different cultures and countries from around the world, with each pack organising activities about each country. Filling in a passport the children ‘visited’ each country. There were the obligatory sticky bun refreshments, and then the day concluded with a short service that was hosted by the Trefoil, and which I helped to lead. During that service everyone renewed their girl guiding promises, prayers were offered for the countries they had ‘visited’, and I led them in a reflection about the importance of keeping promises using a mouldy sticky bun and black banana. An offering was made by each pack for WAGGS. It was a busy, chaotic, but wonderful afternoon together!

 

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Reuben Watt, Youth Assembly Moderator Elect, shared with us some good news from the Christmas season 2019.

"Last November and December, over 800 year 2 students from 13 different schools visited Redhill Methodist Church and Reigate Park URC. They all came to attend the Christmas Journey.

"The Christmas Journey is an interactive retelling of the Christmas story exploring why Christmas is important to Christians.. The children had the opportunity to make bread with Mary, help the shepherds look after the sheep on the hill side, visit the stable and hear the story from the perspective of the animals, and meet a very special angel. The children also explored where the Christmas story fits in the wider bible story, using Godly Play, and found out more about the Wise men and their gifts.

 "It was such a special experience for all as well as the 60 plus volunteers from the local churches!"

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Do you know a child or young person who is playing their part in the Mission of God? 

We at Children’s and Youth Work are delighted to announce the launch of the Lundie Memorial Award.

A trust fund, established in 1895 in memory of the Revd Robert Henry Lundie, has recently been re-purposed to enable us to spotlight some of the amazing work done by children and young people across the synods.

This award is designed to spotlight and celebrate individuals using their God-given skills, time and talents to good effect within their church, their community, their synod or even nationally.

Each month for 100 months we will make an award to one such person—they will be presented with a certificate, a very special medal, and £100 to be spent on something of their choice that benefits children and young people in their church or synod. Nomination forms should be filled in and sent to your Children’s and Youth Development Officer (CYDO) or equivalent for your synod.

Suggested nominations: a young carer, young person running a holiday club, child volunteering at a dementia café, young person fund raising for a messy church outing, a young person providing live music for services, a child raising money for an overseas development project, a young person training older people in the use of technology, etc.

The awards will be made by region: Yorkshire, East Midlands, Eastern in January; Scotland, Northern and North Western in February; Wessex, Thames North and Southern in March; and Mersey, West Midlands, Wales and South Western in April in the first instance. Nominations will need to be submitted by the 6th of the preceding month (the end of November for January) 

So start nominating those amazing children and young people and let’s celebrate the things they are doing to put their faith into action.

Nomination form [word]

How to nominate someone (PDF leaflet) 

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An intergenerational group from the United Reformed Church went to the Holy Land to visit the Biblical sites there but also to learn more about the Israel/Palestine issue. Three young adults were in the group and one of these, Diana Paulding, has written a very powerful report about the impact the visit had upon her. Read her report here.

 

Children's and Youth Work periodically offer opportunities such as this for travel within the UK and overseas, whether specifically for young people or to participate in an intergenerational opportunity, usually at minimal cost. Finances should never be a problem when taking up these opportunites as your synod or our small grants fund are usually willing to help out. Keep an eye on our events and opportunities page.  

‘Walking on Sunshine’

 

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On the 6th of August eleven young people along with four leaders set off for the beautiful island of Tiree. The young people came together from Nairn URC, Greenock East URC, and Rutherglen URC and spent the next five days on a pilgrimage – a time of journeying, reflecting, worshipping and sharing together as they learnt about and encountered ancient signs of Christian faith and witness on the island as well as learning something of the pre-history of the island. The times spent in worship around the crosses at Kirkapol, Soroby (pictured) and at St Patrick’s Temple were special moments during a trip which also included opportunities to care for and appreciate the environment – with a nature walk and beach clean (pictured) under the leadership of Stephanie Cope, the island’s ranger. Other activities included evening reflections, surfing, swimming, arts and crafts, several visits to the Co-op and an evening around a camp fire which included that evening’s time of reflection (pictured).

A great time was had by all the participants with friendships being made and strengthened and many insights were gained  into the faith, courage and witness of those Christians who inhabited the island centuries ago. Thanks go to the Synod of Scotland along with a number of individuals for their financial support and thanks also go to all who helped and encouraged us in the planning and delivery of this wonderful and inspiring event.