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On Saturday 30th May, a virtual Pentecost Communion service between the United Reformed Church (URC) and the Evangelische Kirche der Pfalz (Protestant churches of the Palatinate region of Germany), was held via Zoom.

The service was led by the Revd Philip Brooks, URC Secretary for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, and Pfarrer Martin Henninger, Minister of the Lutherkirche in Frankenthal, who is also the Convener of the Friends of the URC of the Evangelische Kirche der Pfalz, a partnership that pre-dates the URC, going back to 1957. 

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Pray4URC news bannerA new weekly prayer initiative launched on June 4 inviting people to pray about the challenging situation many United Reformed Church (URC) congregations, Synods and staff are facing.

Created by the Group for Evangelism and Renewal (GEAR), Pray4URC follows on from Clap for Carers, which has taken place every Thursday evening during the Covid-19 lockdown, and invites everyone to gather online and pray for the URC at 8.15pm for 20 minutes.

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Read more: A call to weekly prayer for the URC

Aston UniversityThe United Reformed Church (URC) has announced the cancellation of its 2020 General Assembly, the first time the meeting has been cancelled since the URC was founded in 1972. Inductions and some business of the General Assembly will, however, be carried out online.

The ongoing threat of coronavirus and the health and safety of General Assembly representatives, the staff of the URC and its Synods, and the government restrictions on so much in public life, is the cause of the cancellation.

Read more: URC cancels its 2020 General Assembly

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