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Sunrise open tomb easter news bannerKaren Campbell, a United Reformed Church Related Community Worker (CRCW) reflects on Jesus' sacrifice in a poem entitled 'Was It Worth It?

Tell me, was it worth it,
all the things that you went through -  
the scorn, abuse, and loneliness,
the mockery you knew?
The pain you took upon yourself
for those who hung you high?
Tell me, was it worth it?
Were they worth it?
Lord, am I?

Read more: 'Was It Worth It?' a poem for Easter Sunday

Christ cruxifixtion credit Raheel Shakeel pixabayThe Revd Clare Downing, Moderator-elect for the United Reformed Church General Assembly reflects on the mental health of some of the Good Friday characters.

Lately, whenever I listen to the news, the focus always seems to be about uncertainty of the future.

Recently The Guardian reported that of the 2000 people surveyed, a staggering 64% said their mental health was being affected by our political situation.

Read more: Exploring the emotional impact of Good Friday

Share the miracle news bannerYoung homeless people and children with physical and learning difficulties will share more than 160 Easter eggs thanks to the United Reformed Church’s (URC) children’s and youth work team.

Since February, the team has been collecting Easter eggs donated by colleagues at Church House after they registered the building as a ‘donation station’ through the ShareTheMiracle initiative.

In total, 164 chocolate eggs were collected and shared between Action for Children's Camden and Islington Short Breaks service, and the Single Homeless Project (SHP), both in Islington.

Read more: URC team donate more than 160 Easter eggs to services for vulnerable young people

The last supper original debby hudson 589680 unsplash 1The Revd Fiona Thomas, United Reformed Church Secretary for Education and Learning, reflects on a symbolic act for Maundy Thursday.

On 11 April, political leaders of South Sudan attended a two-day ecumenical spiritual retreat hosted by Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Organised in an effort to support the country’s fragile peace deal, Pope Francis shocked the Church and political leaders when he stooped and kissed the Sudanese leaders’ feet, deliberately echoing the foot washing story in the Gospel of John.

Read more: Maundy Thursday: betrayal, desertion and reconciliation

Brexit signpost credit MaxpixelThe United Reformed Church has joined the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the Methodist Church to call on the government to do all that it can to avoid an unplanned no-deal Brexit.

In a joint statement, the Church leaders said: 'We have chosen not to make political statements around Brexit.  Members of the Churches we represent have in good conscience come to different conclusions; some voted remain and others voted to leave. 

Read more: No-deal Brexit endangers poorest families