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band news bannerThe United Reformed Church’s (URC) film series exploring themes from the Holy Habits resources concludes with the Holy Habit of Worship.

In the film, the book’s author, the Revd Andrew Roberts, notes that increasingly there’s a myriad of different ways in which people can worship God, both collectively and personally.

‘Worship is about so much more than the hour or so a week that we spend together,’ he says. ‘It’s actually about the whole of life, about a way of life.’

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Fusi and nancyUnited Reformed Church (URC) members and a URC minister is helping a man whose wife died soon after the Home Office tried to deport them.

Fusi Motsamai, and his wife Nancy, both from South Africa, much-loved members of the Woking URC community, had lived and worked in the UK for more than a decade when they ran into difficulties trying to renew their visas.

They were ordered to report to a Home Office centre in Hounslow and on 7 March 2018 were informed they would be forcibly removed that day.

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Film still from the D Day landings showing commandos aboard a landing craft on their approach to Sword Beach 6 June 1944. BU1181 credit wikimediaThis year marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, a pivotal moment in World War Two when Britain and its Allies began to invade Nazi-occupied western Europe.

On 6 June 1944, around 160,000 troops took part in the largest seaborne invasion in history when they crossed the English Channel to Normandy.

The United Reformed Church (URC)’s Revd Michael Meachin, Chaplain to the Royal Navy’s HMS Collingwood, offers a reflection on the anniversary, and the Revd (Squadron Leader) David C Haslam, Station Chaplain at Royal Air Force (RAF) Boulmer, dedicates a prayer for those who gave their lives in the pursuit of freedom.

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CTBI and URC colleagesSenior leaders from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) visited their counterparts and staff at United Reformed Church (URC) House on June 5 to share insights about CTBI's ecumenical work across the four nations.

Visitors included Bob Fyffe, CTBI General Secretary; the Revd Peter Colwell, a URC minister and Deputy General Secretary of CTBI; Christine Elliott, Director of International Programmes, and Richard Reddie, the new Director of Justice and Inclusion.

They met with staff from the URC's children’s and youth, safeguarding, church and society, communications, global and intercultural ministries, education and learning, retired ministers' housing, and finance departments.

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Thick group photoMore than 50 people from across Britain attended a special event in the Yorkshire Dales to explore what ‘ministry in the margins’ meant to them.

Organised by the United Reformed Church (URC), ‘In the Thick of it’ took place at Scargill House between 22-23 May and was designed to bring people engaged in mission and ministry in marginalised places together to discuss similar challenges, solutions, to learn from each other and be encouraged.

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