Around the URC: What’s on

A round-up of what’s happening in and around the United Reformed Church (URC) over the coming months.


Retaining team members

Join the Children’s and Youth Work Team on Zoom on 25 May from 7-8pm for a discussion on recruiting and retaining team members.

Guest speaker, John Stephenson, Youth Work Adviser for Northern Synod, will offer his expertise on effectively building and maintaining a strong team for your church’s work with children and young people.

Secure your free spot by visiting


Revolting Christians: From theology to action

The URC’s Mission Team, the Oxford Centre for Religion and Culture and the Fundación Protestante Hora de Obrar, is holding a hybrid event from 4-6 June to explore what the Church can and should be doing in response to the climate crisis in a series of discussions with UK and global theologians.

For more information, please see or email [email protected].

Stepwise facilitator training

Due to popular demand, the Stepwise Team will be holding two further Stepwise Facilitator training events on 13 June from 10am to 12.30pm via Zoom, and 28 June from 10.30am to 1pm in person, at Church House in London. The sessions are free.

Stepwise is the URC’s discipleship development course. For more information on Stepwise, please see . Please email [email protected] to book your place by 31 May

Talking about… Resources

Talking about resources takes place on 22 June from 7-8pm via Zoom. Richard Knott, Children and Youth Development Officer for East Midlands Synod, will share his ideas on how to get hold of the best resources for working with children and young people. To book your free place, see

Refugee Week

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Refugee Week and the charity is inviting everyone to celebrate what compassion looks like in action.

The week takes place from 19-25 June. For free resources and to find out how you can get involved, see .


Exploring resilience for churches  

URC Training in collaboration with Children’s and Youth Work and Education and Learning presents three, free workshops.

22 June from 7.15-8.45pm – Self-care and resilience led by the Revd Dr Adam Scott, Principal of Northern College.

This first session will focus on personal resilience or self-care. Resilience is a word we use a lot, especially recently, and Adam will help us explore what it means for us as individuals in the world we live in as we adapt and endure through times of change.

29 June from 7.15-8.45pm – Resilience and community care led by Adam.

This second session will focus on community resilience or community care. We can be adaptable and have worked on our own resilience, but our external environment affects us each day. Adam will help us explore what community resilience is, how important it is and how change can help us all flourish.


6 July from 7.15-8.45pm – Enabling resilience (making safe spaces) led by the Revd Dr Alex Clare-Young.  

This session will focus on practical things we can do/offer/give access to in church buildings, gatherings and community spaces. Alex will encourage thinking around how we navigate space and self in relation to enabling resilience and flourishing.

Alex is an ordained URC minister working in a Pioneer role with Downing Place Church in Cambridge City Centre and is an Associate Tutor at Westminster College, Cambridge.*

*Northern College, Manchester and Westminster College, Cambridge are two of the three URC Resource Centres for Learning that offer learning and training opportunities.

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