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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.

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

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.

door of europe News images 554x415Jake Convery, United Reformed Church Youth Assembly representative to the URC's General Assembly and Mission Council, recently returned from a Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) fact-finding trip to visit refugee projects in Italy.

The professional organist and music teacher was one of seven young men from churches across Britain and Ireland to hear first-hand testimony from refugees and support workers on the islands of Sicily and Lampedusa, the ‘door of Europe’.

Jake, organist at Congleton URC and director of music at Saint Andrew's URC, Hampstead, said: ‘The trip to Italy was eye opening and educational as well as being incredibly heartbreaking.’

Read more: Important Insights from Lampedusa

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