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Simon and Richard v1How can the Gospels of Matthew the teacher, Mark the action man, Luke the outsider, and John the reflector remind us that we are connected with eternity, rooted in the past, expressed in the present and revealed in the future?

The answer to this question was explored at Sanctuary First’s Re-imagining Church Conference held at Tulliallan Police College, Scotland, from 11-13 January.

Simon Peters, Walking the Way: Living the life of Jesus today Project Manager, attended the event with the Revd Richard Church, the United Reformed Church’s (URC) Deputy General Secretary (Discipleship).

Read more: Creative ways to re-imagine church

Zimbabwe protest 2The Revd Paul Whittle, Moderator of the United Reformed Church Eastern Synod, has said he is deeply saddened and concerned at the violence occurring in Zimbabwe.

Protests broke out a week ago after the government more than doubled the price of fuel overnight. Living costs have also soared and many have found they cannot even afford the bus fare to work.

In response to the protests, security forces have been accused of using torture to curb protesters.

Read more: Synod Moderator prays for Zimbabwe after violence breaks out

hannah jones news bannerThis month, the #10YearChallenge has taken over social media. The premise is simple: post two pictures of yourself, one from 2009 next to a very recent one, to see how you’ve changed.

Hannah Jones, Immediate-past Moderator of the United Reformed Church (URC) Youth Assembly, gives the challenge a twist, as her term in office comes to an end.

Hannah reflects on her ten years of Youth Assembly experience using this year’s theme ‘One Body: We’re all in this together’. The assembly took place on 18-20 January:

Read more: URC Youth Moderator reflects on her #10YearChallenge

Northern synod young peopleUnited Reformed Church (URC) Youth Assembly 2019 themed ‘One Body: We’re all in this together’ took place from 18 to 20 January at Whitemoor Lakes, Staffordshire.

Dr Sam Richards, Head of Children’s and Youth Work, reflects on the event.

This year’s Youth Assembly explored how, as one body in Christ, we all have a part to play in the environment, social justice, and creating an inclusive Church.

Read more: Young Christians debate social issues at Youth Assembly

Brexit signpostJust what happens now after MPs voted 432 to 202, on Tuesday, against Theresa May’s Brexit deal?

MPs gather to debate a no-confidence motion in the government, and Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, has hinted in a Twitter post that the UK should stay within the EU.

Read more: General Assembly moderators pray for reconciliation after government’s Brexit deal defeat