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Boris Johnson and John webb credit Denise Bradley Archant 2021The congregation of Stowmarket United Reformed Church (URC) in Suffolk were joined by more than 30 quirky figures last weekend.

Organised by John Webb, an Elder of the church, Covid-19 keyworker heroes were thanked for all their working during the pandmic at a festival at the church through a series of scarecrows dressed up as NHS and postal staff, farmers, and HGV drivers to name a few.

Read more: Stowmarket URC thanks keyworker Covid-19 heroes at quirky festival

Guides and Scouts GroupSpecial honours were bestowed on Gillian Phillips and the Revd David Marshall-Jones on 18 September when the United Reformed Church Guide and Scout Fellowship (URCGSF) made them life Presidents.

The service, held at Caterham URC, also marked David’s retirement as National Scout Chaplain – a position he has served for the past 20 years – and Chair of URCGSF and volunteer Manager of the URCGSF National Scout Active Support Unit.

David has served the United Reformed Church (URC) in variety of roles: from serving in local churches, Synod, to supporting denomination-wide children’s and youth work. 

Read more: URC Guide and Scout leaders honoured

Lundie roundupThe achievements, generosity and selflessness of children and young people from around the United Reformed Church (URC) are being recognised and celebrated.

Since its launch in January 2020, Lundie Memorial Awards have been bestowed upon children and young monthly to celebrate how they are using their God-given skills, time and talents to good effect.

So far, 20 awards have been distributed with each receiving a prize of £100 to be spent on the benefit of children and/or young people in their church, synod or local community.

Read more:  Lundie Memorial Award: March-August winners

Climate protest credit Callum Shaw UnsplashFaith leaders have joined together to demand climate action ahead of the COP26 meeting in Glasgow.

The Glasgow Multi-Faith Declaration, signed by representatives of religious communities across the United Kingdom, calls for people to be “advocates for justice” ahead of the COP summit.

The Revd Clare Downing and Mr Peter Pay, Moderators of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church (URC) made the declaration alongside leaders of every major Christian denomination and representatives from Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, and Sikh communities.

Read more: Faiths leaders demand climate action at COP26 in Glasgow

Black man picture hands credit Mikaala Shackelford/UnsplashThe United Reformed Church (URC’s) Black History Monthly continues on 20 September, from 7.30-8.30pm on Zoom, with this month's theme ‘Media and Imagery: The Impact of Representation’.

Drawing on a short video talk by Aisha Thomas, Assistant Principal at City Academy in Bristol, and one of only 26 Black secondary school teachers of 1,346 in the city, the session will explore why representation really matters, and what this means for us as the URC. 

Read more: Black History Monthly explores impact of representation in media and imagery

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