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Rainbow service on Zoom news bannerAt first, the news that churches would need to cancel services due to Covid-19 was met with dismay.

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In March, the government had written to vulnerable people, including people aged over 70, pregnant women, and those with specific underlying health conditions advising that they should self-isolate for 12 weeks to protect themselves from the coronavirus pandemic.

At a time when people would most want to seek comfort from their church, friends and loved ones, they were being forced to isolate themselves from those support networks, albeit for their own good.

But United Reformed Churches (URC), like Christ Church in Petts Wood, in the URC’s Southern Synod, rose to the challenge to keep people connected.

Read more: Busy church beats lockdown blues

Katie Henderson in overall news bannerThe dedication and commitment of frontline NHS workers helping to battle Covid-19 and save lives across the UK has received much deserved recognition and praise.

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Many have spent long hours away from their loved-ones to look after the family members of others. In doing so, more than 100 have sadly lost their lives.

Katie Henderson, Immediate-past United Reformed Church (URC) Youth Assembly co-Moderator, is a much-valued nurse who gives an insight into what life is like on a hospital ward in this reflection.

Read more: Former URC Youth Moderator helps battle Covid-19 on NHS frontline

Bernard Thorogood in 2017 CWM credit

Details for the funeral of the Revd Dr Bernard Thorogood, who sadly died on 30 April in a Sydney hospital aged 92, have been released.

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The funeral will take place at Pymble Uniting Church, Sydney, on 7 May at 4pm Sydney time (7am BST). People can view the service live via this link. A password is not required. The service will be recorded an may remain online for a short while for those who are not able to are not able to watch it live.

Bernard was General Secretary of the URC from 1980 to 1992, and, prior to that, served as General Secretary of Council World Mission (CWM) from 1970 to 1980 (bringing CWM into being in its current form), and through most of the 1950s and 1960s was a missionary in the Pacific islands – mainly in the Cook Islands.

Bernard served as General Secretary of the URC at a time of immense change in Church life worldwide.

Read more: The Revd Dr Bernard Thorogood 1927 – 2020

resized image Promo 72Calling all photo enthusiasts! The United Reformed Church (URC) Communications Department is seeking photographs from URC members that represent the life of the denomination.

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Using the theme ‘24 hours in the life of the URC’ (before lockdown!), to cover any activity that shows what the URC does, the images will initially be as part of the General Assembly’s Book of Reports.

Read more: Submit photos that represent life of URC