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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.

Sedlescombe chapel

At General Assembly Marie Jackson felt a direct challenge “from the Lord to INVEST equally with young people in our community as we do others. I felt this challenge needs to be in time...resources...and finances. These things will be a test of faith... especially in finance as the church has limited funds.”

Sedlescombe Chapel is being revitalised by Marie and Peter Jackson, who were appointed as lay leaders by Southern Synod last August.  The Church Building had been neglected and a storm had put a tree through the church roof, whilst the Manse had been empty for 17 years. They had a Grant from synod to renovate both church and manse and they are creating a garden with a view to sharing this with others.

They currently have no children as regular members of the church, but a few visiting grandchildren, and are building links with the wider community.  

Watch this space to see how the seeds sown at General Assembly take root in the life of this little URC Chapel!

Bekki Radcliffe, URC Youth and North Western Synod Rep, has just finished her year's internship in the Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church through the OneIntern scheme and it sounds as though she has really set the standards high for the next applicants for the role. 

david palmer“I must pay tribute to Rebekah," said David Palmer, Chief Executive Officer, Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church. She has handled everything that we have thrown at her. From anti-money laundering compliance, to GDPR to business development. Most recently she has been working with our investment team. We have an 8:45AM morning meeting and I have been quietly proud to watch Rebekah as she gets herself in at 8:00AM to prepare, checking the overnight market and company news, and then contributing proactively to that meeting. She puts many of our “long-in-the tooth” managers to shame with her commitment and diligence.”  


Bekki RadcliffeBekki told us, “I have loved every moment. It has given me a great opportunity to expand myself and my faith. It will help me so much in my future not only for applying for jobs once I graduate, but by actually having the confidence in myself to go out and do what I want to do. Through the year I have worked at the Central Finance Board firstly in business development, then operations and compliance and finally investment. This helped me gain a full understanding of the business and what area I might be more suited to. To me this placement has been invaluable. I have gained knowledge, skill and confidence since the first day with the CFB and the ONE Intern program. I am extremely grateful for the support that I have received from them both.” 

The Methodist Church are now advertising two internships within the Central Finance Board.  Apply by 28 August for a one year paid Internship combining work experience and faith with Methodist One Intern Programme.

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At the Warwick Castle Big Day Out 2017 some Voyager/Navigator Pilots (those aged 11 to 18) from 2 companies met up and on their return contacted their Regional Pilots Officer to ask could they organise a Big Day Out for NW Pilots. The response of course was YES! With minimal support, these young people arranged a fantastic day for about 50 Pilots and Officers from 4 Companies meet to celebrate Christmas a little early. 

Read more: URC Big Day Out inspires North West Pilots to hold Early Christmas Day Out

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Is it really only three weeks since The Big Speak Out? This, our residential event for young people aged 11-18, was held in Nottingham from 6-8 July 2018, alongside General Assembly. It was a resounding success, catering for 44 young people from across the country and was accompanied by an equally successful gathering for 15 leaders from Pilots companies, Junior Churches and the like. Read more about it and see the pictures here. Meanwhile, make a pencil note in your diary to keep an eye out for the date. We are hoping to run another residential event early next July, and it won't be the same without you (as long as you're between 11 and 18, of course). 

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Steeple Bumpstead Pilots have been busy fundraising for the House of Joshua Children’s Home in Cagayan De Oro City once again, putting on entertainment and making gifts to sell, including colourful calendars and delicious fridge cake. The Pilots went through a significant amount of water, washing-up liquid, bubble wrap and chocolate in course of their efforts. Messy, but great fun!

"The Pilots Open Evening provided a great opportunity for Pilots to sell their wares. It was great to see so many Pilots, families and friends, enjoying refreshments and buying the gifts made by the Pilots and others. The Puppet Theatre and Pilots Band provided the entertainment. A fantastic £290 was raised for the HofJ from the evening, together with house collection boxes. Grateful thanks to all who supported Pilots in their endeavours.” Sheila Burr, Pilots Captain.

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