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Andrew Roberts, author of Holy Habits, speaks with Stuart Radcliffe, Missional Discipleship Enabler for Mersey Synod, about how to continue living out our faith in times of isolation:

Holy Habits is a book and set of resources which are highly recommended by the Walking the Way steering group in embedding vital elements of discipleship. Visit the Holy Habits website to learn how you and your church can get involved.

Revd Kate Gray shows us round the grounds of the Dandelion Community URC in Wythenshawe, Manchester, explaining what the church is doing to tackle climate change in ways which meet the needs of people in the local area, being the presence of Jesus in the local community:

How is your church being the presence of Jesus in your community? Let us know so we can share good news and practice together.

One of the ways in which West Midlands Synod has been supporting people in living out their faith in everyday life is through the production of “Walking the Way Together” booklets, which help people to recognise God’s presence where they are, in their home, in their town, in their village, whatever their context may be. Retired minister Diana Cullum-Hall spoke with Simon Peters, Walking the Way project manager, about the impact of these booklets:

If you have a story about how your local church of synod has helped you to live out your faith in everyday life, please e-mail wtw@urc.org.uk or call 020 7520 2718. We’d love to hear from you.

As part of Yorkshire Synod’s focus on Leading Your Church into Growth, a series of video conversations about discipleship are being released regularly. Here is one with Ashley Evans, Synod Evangelist, and John Rider, Pastor of Holme URC in Bradford, talking about the importance of patience in building good relationships with people in sharing the love of Jesus, especially in lockdown.

Read more: Video conversations inspire discipleship in Yorkshire

mead rAs Newport Pagnell United Reformed Church progresses its plans to build a community centre to cater for the needs of families, people with disabilities and many others in the local area, Victoria Paulding of the Mead Centre Vision Team explains the significance of looking outwards, beyond the walls of church buildings, in living the life of Jesus today:

When I started attending Newport Pagnell United Reformed Church, the vision of the Mead Centre hooked me almost immediately. The aim is to provide a space in our local area that supports those who have nowhere else to go in our town. Those with addictions, those who are lonely, those who are hungry, those with additional needs or living with dementia. All of these people are often ignored, and we want to bring an end to that.

Read more: Newport Pagnell URC seeks to “be the presence of Jesus, not simply talk about it”

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