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Boris Johnson credit Yukiya Amano Wikicommons news bannerSeven Christian denominations have written an open letter to Boris Johnson, the new Prime Minister, expressing concern that a no-deal Brexit will hit those living in poverty hard.

The Church leaders say they have been “compelled” to write to the new Prime Minister because of his position that leaving the European Union without a deal is acceptable.

The letter states that “at a time when increasing numbers of families have difficulties putting enough food on the table, we believe it is irresponsible to consider a course of action that is expected to make that situation worse”.

Read more: No-deal Brexit is a massive gamble for the poor say church leaders

Nicola FS news banner 1The Revd Nicola Furley-Smith, who currently serves as Moderator of United Reformed Church’s Southern Synod, has been appointed as the church’s new Secretary for Ministries.

Nicola brings a great breadth and depth of experience of the United Reformed Church (URC) to the role.

After being selected for ministry and training in Manchester in the 1980s, Nicola served as a minister to churches in Mersey, Yorkshire and the south of England before becoming Synod Moderator in 2011.

Read more: United Reformed Church announces new Secretary for Ministries

BSO group news bannerMembers of URC Youth from around the UK took part in the second Big Speak Out residential weekend organised by the URC’s children’s and youth work team (CYW).

The event is an opportunity for 11-18-year-olds connected in any way with the United Reformed Church (URC), to explore putting their faith into action. It took place in Derbyshire in early July and was themed ‘Making Your Mark’.

Hollywood film Up! – about a 78-year-old widower who ties thousands of balloons to his house in order to travel to South America and complete a promise made to his late wife, Ellie, but inadvertently takes a young stowaway with him – was used by the group in conjunction with readings from the Bible to explore issues such as identity, unexpected heroes, standing up and making your mark, and what God may be calling us to next.

Read more: Young URC members make their mark at second Big Speak Out event

Jo Patterson news bannerJo Patterson, a newly qualified United Reformed Church Related Community Worker (CRCW) based at Copleston Church and Community Centre in Peckham, explores what it takes to make changes, not only within her local church but also within the wider community.

Jo’s parish is in an area that has become an attractive location for both professional and highly skilled people. Yet Peckham is listed as one of the worst-affected areas in the country for personal debt and, within areas of local authority housing, there continues to be a high number of people suffering deprivation.

Within this context, the church seeks to find ways of establishing meaningful connections and engagement across all sections of the area. Jo explains:

Read more: Newly qualified CRCW hopes to make a change

Crossfire camp group 1More than 40 young people from across the United Reformed Church (URC) gathered for a weekend of worship, camping and fun at Crossfire Camp in Leicestershire.

The Christian youth camp is organised by the Group for Evangelism and Renewal (GEAR) and the URC and is where young people aged 12+ explore faith through small groups, teaching, worship and a range of fun activities.

This year’s camp explored the theme ‘lost and found’ and the group studied the account of Jesus healing the bleeding woman and the parables of the lost coin, the lost sheep and the prodigal son.

Read more: Young people gather for exciting weekend of camping and worship