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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Osborne School

United Church, Winchester have a thriving cafe with some very special customers. Every week a Year 7 class from Osborne School, a local school for young people with additional needs, come in. The welcoming volunteer staff at the cafe give these them all the time they need to choose their food and drinks, place their orders and pay, working out their money for themselves. It is a ministry of enabling these young people to enjoy everyday experiences and develop their life skills in the most welcoming of places.

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Taize Trip Transformed Faith

As young person I was dragged along on a URC Mersey Synod trip to Taize organised by the then CYDO Malcolm.  I was a reluctant participant, only in at all church because my family were.  But one evening in the worship I felt God tap me on the shoulder and ask me what I was doing with my life.  Since then my faith has been real. I have been back to Taize a few times, Greenbelt, and travelled to New Zealand, experiencing different traditions of worship. I am now back in Mersey Synod, an Elder/Deacon at Ainsdale Village Church (joint URC and Baptist) and lead the youth work there. My prayer is that the next generation of children and young people in the URC will have opportunities to encounter God for themselves.     Lucinda

There is an opportunity to join a URC group going to Taize this summer. See here for further details.

And we are still looking for a couple of URC Youth Ambassadors to join us at Greenbelt, Click here to register your interest.

2018APR GNS12018APR GNS22018APR GNS3Wessex Synod have been on a journey for a few years now moving towards their synod meetings being fully inclusive. Bringing together people of all ages and abilities from the local churches to listen, talk and engage together in the ‘business’ of synod meetings.

11 years ago saw the first Youth meeting alongside synod exploring similar themes to the adult meeting. From this came the Synod Youth Executive who now are regulars in synod ensuring the voice of Young People is present. This left the synod with the opportunity to run a children’s day alongside synod exploring similar themes to the adult meeting and often feeding into the meeting directly on key themes. This became known as the Children’s Forum (Children Speaking Aloud). The times spent together with the adult meeting were often extremely well received and productive occasions and both the adults and children were asking for more similar opportunities to be together, learning from each other and sharing. This reflected the commitment of the synod staff to see an inclusive synod. 

Read more: Wessex Synod's journey

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Kidfit – St Andrew’s Roundhay URC is responding to the needs of the children in their local community by offering a fitness club in the church! The weekly exercise class for age 7 upwards has grown out of the holiday clubs and other projects. Beverley Gilbert, the children’s and youth worker, says ‘we want to see children flourish in every aspect of their lives – physical, emotional and spiritual: we also offer a fresh fruit platter to encourage healthy eating’. This is just part of the wide-ranging programme the church offers, including a thriving Messy Church, Eco club and Sunday night Youth club.

St Andrew's also has a 9 day holiday club in August which is "Around the world in 9 days" each day we will be exploring a new country, looking at it's culture, craft, music, sport, religion as well as preparing, cooking and eating traditional food of the country.  

St John’s Tenby is a small church with big ambitions. They are starting a creative music project with the children of the local community, where they hope to compose, produce and preform their own music and drama performances.

They are starting with the theme of the four seasons and with the help of local artists and musicians, they will achieve some amazing unique piece of work. We will keep you posted about how this exciting project goes when it starts in October.