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Pastors care news bannerIn the latest issue of Reform magazine, the Revd Catherine Ball, Minister of The Free Church, St Ives, and Fenstanton United Reformed Church, Cambridgeshire, explores the rewards and challenges of pastoral care today.

Pastoral care is one of the core responsibilities in ministry. It is a vital aspect of church life, developing relationships, building community and opening up opportunities for the application of the good news of God’s grace. As a minister, I find pastoral care one of the most challenging aspects of the role, but also one of the most rewarding.

Read more: Reform magazine: Pastors still care

URC Tent people Chris AndrewsThe sun shone very brightly in Northamptonshire over the bank holiday weekend (23-26 August) where faith, arts and activism came together at this year's Greenbelt festival.

The United Reformed Church (URC) Greenbelt team welcomed thousands of visitors to its tent, decorated by hundreds of colourful postcards, were created by URCs from across the UK which shared the wit and wisdom of URC members..

Read more: Wit and wisdom explored at Greenbelt festival

resized image Promo 15Daily Devotions, the United Reformed Church’s (URC) series of digital daily Bible readings, reflections and prayers, reaches its 1000th edition on 23 August.

The devotions are written by more than 100 people from across the denomination.

More than 3,000 subscribers receive the inspirational readings in their inboxes at 6am each day, and hundreds more follow online.

Read more: Inbox inspirations reaches 1000th edition

school dinners credit shutterstock news bannerChurch leaders, charity representatives and a celebrity have come together to urge the government to protect the supply of free school meals after a no-deal Brexit.

The open letter – signed by Derek Estill, Moderator of the United Reformed Church General Assembly – warns that the health of millions of children will be put at risk if the food supply to schools is not protected.

Read more: Government urged to protect free school meals after no-deal Brexit