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Janet Sutton in the community As the United Reformed Church's first official Pioneer Minister, the Revd Janet Sutton Webb has launched a website to share her learning. She is also entering her tenth and final year in the post and reflects on the experience.

I have been living and working in a small rural market town in Devon with people who would not normally be interested in going to church, and to find out what following Jesus might look like if undertaken alongside them. My job title, Emerging Church Pioneer, is a strange one, and so is the job. 

One of the greatest gifts, but also greatest challenges, has been to stand intentionally on the edge of our church institution and try to see it through the eyes of an outsider.  It has been both illuminating and, at times, painful. I have found myself questioning many of the customs, doctrines and practices that we, as a denomination, hold dear. 

Read more: Following Jesus with people not normally interested in Church

St Davids unity film and chatSt David’s Uniting Church in Pontypridd features in the second of a short series of films exploring each theme featured in Andrew Roberts’ book, Holy Habits.

Directed by Kevin Snyman, Mission Enabler for West Midlands Synod, the ‘Holy Habit of Fellowship’ is seen in action through a ‘film and chat’ afternoon held at St David’s with the aim of bringing people together.

Holy Habits is one of the key resources for Walking the Way: Living the life of Jesus today, the URC’s focus on lifelong Christian discipleship and mission.

Read more: Welsh church features in second Holy Habit film exploring fellowship

Lucy Berry news banner4The Revd Lucy Berry, a performance poet and United Reformed Church minister, has been named as the first poet-in-residence for the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT).

JPIT responds to current social, political and policy issues on behalf of the Baptist Union, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church.

Ms Berry will write and perform poetry related to the policy areas JPIT work on such as poverty and welfare system in the UK, immigration, political engagement and broader themes around peace and justice.

Read more: Church policy group appoints poet-in-residence

URC tent news bannerThe United Reformed Church brought a great splash of colour to the Greenbelt arts festival last weekend (24-27 August).

Members all over the UK had been busy for months knitting, crocheting and sewing creative flowers to turn the URC tent into a garden. Festival goers joined in the creativity, making fork flowers, decorating stones and fashioning peg people to walk through the vibrant display.

These activities were just some of the many ways Greenbelters explored the theme of this year’s URC’s association with Greenbelt: ‘Pilgrimagination’.

Read more: United Reformed Church blooms at Greenbelt