Walking the Way News

HeidiAfter attending the United Reformed Church’s (URC) Children’s and Youth Work department’s Big Speak Out event in Nottingham in 2018, Heidi Grogan, a member of URC Youth, has grown in faith and confidence and is now ready to respond to the call to become a nurse. She shares more of her story…

I was brought up in the URC until I was seven, but my family drifted away from church. Encourage by my mum, at 16 I found myself back at church and began to form my own sense of faith.

In July 2018, I attended the Big Speak Out (BSO) event for under-18s taking place alongside the URC’s General Assembly in Nottingham. I found myself surrounded by people who didn’t yet know each other but who seemed to feel like a close-knit family in no time at all.

Read more: From Big Speak Out to bedside nursing: Heidi’s Story

OnlinechurchOne of the most frequent questions asked at Team Peter’s House, a project and home to four young people from different parts of the world, currently Germany and Hungary, who carry out voluntary service with the Hull Area Team Ministry, is ‘when will we pray?’

Marvin-Berfo Günyel, one of the current volunteers, shares a little of what it’s like to be a part of this exciting, missional community.

Read more: Young disciples walk the way online

AftabHaving lived through many years of oppression as a Christian in Pakistan, United Reformed Church elder Aftab Alexander Mughal from East Blackburn, North Western Synod continues to use his gifts and talents to work towards a more just society, both in the UK and his country of birth. Aftab tells us more:

Christianity is the biggest religion in the world, and millions of Christians are able to live a peaceful life, but in some countries many Christians face discrimination and oppression.

Pakistan is one of those where native Christians face persecution and live in absolute poverty because they don’t have access to equal opportunities. As a Pakistani Christian, that unpleasant experience has had a significant influence on me.

Read more: Faith in Action: Challenging oppression in Pakistan

Augustine

For the past seven years, Augustine United Church in Edinburgh has enjoyed a monthly contextual Bible study (CBS). The Revd Fiona Bennett, minister of the church, explains how this has made an enormous difference in the life of the community.

As a city centre church, our participants are quite diverse and come with a range of perspectives. We meet for one evening, every month for 90 minutes. After agreeing to respect the different opinions that may be expressed, we read the passage aloud and then go through the five to seven prepared questions following the CBS format.

The structure of CBS has been clear and effective for us, but it is the tone of the diverse group that has made it so enriching and enjoyable.

Read more: Contextual Bible studies open up new opportunities in Edinburgh