Walking the Way News

Banner organ player sven read 623761 unsplashA group of amateur singers has been reminding elderly patients, who live with debilitating conditions, of happier times.

The Wilderspool Warblers, from St John’s United Reformed Church, Warrington, volunteer their time to visit care homes once a month, singing old-time and other well-known songs to residents.

Sadly, some of the residents have severe dementia which prevents them engaging in conversations but that does not prevent a familiar song from putting a smile on their faces.

Read more: Warblers bring joy to older people in Warrington

St Davids unity film and chatThe second in a series of a short series of films exploring each theme featured in Andrew Roberts’ book, Holy Habits from a URC persepctive has been released.

Directed by Kevin Snyman, Mission Enabler for West Midlands Synod, the ‘Holy Habit of Fellowship’ is seen in action at St David's Uniting Church in Pontypridd, through its ‘film and chat’ afternoon and work with refugees, all 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: Series of URC films on Holy Habits gets off to a great start


coffeecakeWhen members of
West Kirby United Reformed Church, Wirral, decided to use their church foyer more intentionally, little did they realise the impact it would have.

‘Coffee, cake and Communion’ – an alternative to the Sunday morning service – was created for older members of the congregation and, according to the Revd Louise Franklin, minister of the church, has brought people back from the fringes.

Read more: ‘Coffee, cake and Communion’ brings people back from fringes of Church

Peter and Martin Hayward2The Revd Peter Stevenson, Minister of Crossway United Reformed Church, reflects on how a move into a purpose-built ‘home’ has breathed new life into the church in Elephant and Castle, London.

Since we moved into our new home earlier this year, we have grown considerably and there is a vibrant use of the building. Usage is up 70% and continues to grow.

Read more: New home breathes life into Elephant and Castle church

andrew roberts News images 554x415Andrew Roberts, author of Holy Habits, launched his series of Holy Habits study books in Birmingham on 27 January. The United Reformed Church’s Walking the Way Project Manager, Simon Peters, talks about what makes the books a valuable tool for personal use and community life.

The study guides, all available to buy from the URC’s online store, expand on the ten habits of discipleship covered in Mr Roberts’ original book. The ten habits are: biblical teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, sharing of resources, service, eating together, gladness and generosity, worship, prayer, making more disciples.

Read more: Holy Habits study guides launched in Birmingham