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URC podcast logo news bannerThe United Reformed Church (URC) has launched a new fortnightly podcast, that explores the denomination’s focus on Christian discipleship, mission and what it means to be Walking the Way of Jesus today.

The podcast will explore what it means to be a disciple across all aspects of our lives, as we respond to the concerns, issues and topics that we encounter.

Read more: URC launches new podcast

Dame Elizabeth Gardiner credit Bishop's Stortford Independent A member of Water Lane United Reformed Church (URC) in Bishop's Stortford, has been made a dame in the Queen’s birthday honours.

Elizabeth Gardiner, a solicitor who helped draft the government's coronavirus pandemic legislation, was honoured for her services to the government and the legislative process and is now a Dame Commander of the Order of the Bath (DCB).

Read more: Water Lane URC member receives damehood from the Queen

No justice no peace credit clay banks UnsplashThe next session in the United Reformed Church (URC's) Black History Monthly series takes place on 21 June from 7.30-8.30pm via Zoom.

Hosted by the URC’s Legacies of Slavery task group, the online conversation will focus on The Case for Reparations, an article written by Ta Nehisi Coates. 

Karen Campbell, URC Secretary for Global and Intercultural Ministries, says: “Although the subject is controversial, many people feel that the arguments are very clear.  For example, in

Read more: Black History Monthly: The Case for Reparations

Woking congregation signing news bannerWoking United Reformed Church has found a creative way to ‘sing’ during worship despite Covid-19 restrictions currently preventing congregations singing.

Since the first lockdown, the church established a ‘signing project’ with a Makaton expert who taught the congregation a sign a week during each service.

At an all-age service filled with families on 13 June, the lessons paid off when the entire congregation used Makaton to sing with their hands.

Read more: Congregation uses hands to 'sing' worship

In lifting others brett jordan unsplashLockdown has been hard on many communities and households but as we move beyond our restricted lives, what needs to change and what needs to remain? Mal Breeze, a Church Related Community Worker from Blackburn, reflects on this question:

The words of the song and album The Times They Are a-Changin, written by Bob Dylan in 1964, must have felt as true then as they feel now, 57 years on. Perhaps even more applicable given the last 18 months of Covid-19.

As individuals we have changed, families have changed, our communities have changed. So too have our churches, and many of us have had to rethink how to carry out our ministry.

Read more: Blackburn CRCW reflects on lessons from lockdown

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