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URC Tent people Chris AndrewsThe United Reformed Church (URC) at Greenbelt team is seeking 10 additional people to help run a variety of URC activities.

Greenbelt is a festival of arts, faith and activism and takes place at Boughton House, Kettering, from 28-31 August across 24 stages, galleries, installations and outdoor performances.

The URC, which has been an associate partner of Greenbelt since 2016, will give a free weekend ticket to those selected to volunteer.

Read more: Volunteer with the URC at Greenbelt

Bomb damage to Presbyterian Church House 2The morning of 9 February 1945 started off much like any other at Presbyterian Church House, Tavistock Place, London.

Staff arrived at their desks for a busy day of work and by the afternoon, colleagues, delegates, ministers and lay people from across the country gathered for a conference with the newly formed British Council of Churches’ Department of International Friendship.

When the conference had finished, the Revd William Thorburn Elmslie, General Secretary of the Presbyterian Church of England, made his way to another appointment – a church extension committee meeting which was also being held in the building, now the central office for the United Reformed Church (URC).

He never made it.

Read more: Church marks 75th anniversary of WWII bombing

Derek Estill and protesters bannerThe Moderator of the United Reformed Church (URC) General Assembly has welcomed news that the government is maintaining its ban on fracking in the UK.

As reported in the Blackpool Gazette on 21 January, when asked during business questions in Parliament if the moratorium on fracking would be made permanent, Kwasi Kwarteng, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Minister, is reported to have said: "We're stopping it. The only way it can be resumed is by compelling evidence which so far is not forthcoming, So, the moratorium stays and fracking, for the time being, is over." 

Read more: Government’s continued ban on fracking welcomed