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Beirut explosion aftermath credit wikimedia commonsGenerous members of the United Reformed Church (URC) have helped to raise £15,000 to help those affected by the massive explosion in the port of Beirut.

The Beirut Hope Appeal was launched following an explosion of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate at the port of Beirut on August 4 which made 300,000 people homeless, , killed more than 200 people, wounded 6,000, and left an undefined number of people reported as missing.

Read more: URC Beirut explosion appeal raises thousands

Singing in church credit Erika Giraud UnsplashFollowing the end of the second coronavirus lockdown and the implementation of new tier systems and rules, the United Reformed Church (URC) Synod Moderators have been careful to check the guidance and legislative framework for England, Scotland and Wales.

However, we cannot promise to have covered every eventuality and for the avoidance of doubt, this guidance does not take precedence over governmental advice or legislation.

Read more: Updated guidance for the URC regarding singing in worship

alex and jo living in love and faith credit church of englandThe United Reformed Church (URC) holds within itself people with very different views on questions surrounding human sexuality. It recognises that as human beings maintaining differing convictions, we are united together in Christ “through God’s calling, not through personal choice”.

In its Commitment on Human Sexuality of 2007, the URC recognises the diversity within our midst, and that responding to Christ’s call to continue living together “can only be done by reliance on the grace of God to enable mutual respect, love and continuing exploration together”.

Read more: United in Christ through God's calling

Spire Church Farnham advent picture trailDetermined to not let the coronavirus pandemic dampen festive spirits, the team at the Spire Church in Farnham has come up with a creative idea for the Christmas season.

From 1 December, the church – a local ecumenical partnership between the United Reformed and Methodist Churches – has organised ‘Follow the Star’: a community Advent trail.

Read more: Spire Church’s Advent-ure trail boosts community spirits

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