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resized image Promo 50Cheerful, trustworthy, hard-working, supportive, and honest were just some of the words used to describe Helen Munt who left the United Reformed Church (URC) for a new adventure on 9 April.

Unable to hold a traditional farewell party due to social distancing restrictions, Church House staff gathered digitally to say goodbye to Helen who leaves after nine years with the URC: six as Church House receptionist and three as PA to the Revd John Proctor, URC General Secretary, and Jane Baird Deputy General Secretary (Administration and Resources).

Helen, who became engaged to her fiancé Nathan on 21 January, has moved on to a new life in the north where she hopes to continue pursuing her calling as a singer-songwriter and to the worship and prayer movement in the UK.

Read more: Colleague on new adventure given digital farewell

A rainbow sign by K Mitch Hodge UnsplashThe United Reformed Church Related Community Worker (CRCW) is a busy ministry.

CRCWs respond to and challenge the issues facing in their neighbourhoods, work with a wide range of community groups and organisations, develop initiatives and projects to transform individuals, churches and communities.

But life has dramatically changed since the coronavirus lockdown.

Read more: Covid-19: Counting rainbows

resized image Promo 44The Moderators of the United Reformed Church (URC) General Assembly are supporting the call for warring parties around the world to lay down their weapons to help battle Covid-19.

Echoing the urgent plea made by António Guterres, the United Nation’s (UN) Secretary-General, Moderators Derek Estill and the Revd Nigel Uden have added their names to an international call for a ceasefire: that the threat to life from the coronavirus, a true shared enemy, is being amplified by armed conflict and putting vulnerable people at an even greater risk.

Read more: URC joins call for a global ceasefire to help counter pandemic

Andy at Roo and James WeddingSince the start of the coronavirus lockdown, more than 1,200 people have signed up to receive the United Reformed Church’s Daily Devotions.

Each morning a devotion, featuring a Bible reading, reflection and prayer, is distributed by email to new total of more than 4,200 people.

The Daily Devotion’s project creator and co-ordinator, the Revd Andy Braunston, Minister of Barrhead, Shawlands and Stewarton URCs in the Synod of Scotland’s Southside Cluster, shared his delight: “I am amazed and delighted at the number of people who have signed up.”

Read more: Covid-19 lockdown sees more than 1,200 new people sign up to receive Daily Devotions

resized image Promo 41The Revd Dr Kevin Snyman, United Reformed Church Programme Officer (Global Justice and Partnerships), focuses on Psalm 22: 1 in this reflection for Good Friday.

It won’t surprise you to learn that I love the movies. A key moment in all storytelling is the “all-is-lost” moment.

Here, the protagonist’s ordinary world is disrupted. She can no longer avoid the painful evidence that her worldview is somehow wrong. Something has happened that causes her to see through the illusion, self-delusion, and false information of her world.

Read more: Good Friday: All is not lost