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The death of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh

The United Reformed Church has expressed its sadness at the passing of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died on April 9 aged 99. A constant support to Her Majesty the Queen since their marriage in 1947, the Prince was one of the nation’s best-loved and controversial royal figures. Read More … … Continue reading

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Colchester church brings Easter joy to hundreds of households

To combat the lockdown blues, members of Chappel United Reformed Church (URC) in Colchester, spent a weekend bringing Easter joy to their community. The group delivered Easter cards and Palm crosses to 350 households in the villages surrounding the church on 27 March. Read More … … Continue reading

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Could you hold a Climate Sunday?

Hannah Brown, Campaigns and Church Engagement Officer, for the Joint Public Issues Team introduces Climate Sunday. 2021 is an important year for climate action. The UK is hosting the United Nations climate change summit – COP26 – in November. We’re in the early years of a crucial decade for reducing global carbon emissions. Communities around the globe are continuing to bear the full force of climate change now, with loss and damage beyond repair felt by millions. Read More … … Continue reading

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Government urged to act now to prevent more harm from gambling

Churches and charities have joined together to urge the UK government to act decisively and urgently in tackling the harm caused by gambling. They issued the following statement ahead of the deadline for submissions to a review of the Gambling … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday: What kingdom do we seek?

Given today’s political climate in the UK and around the world, the Revd Dr John Bradbury, General Secretary of the United Reformed Church, reflects on how Palm Sunday is a poignant time for us to ask: “What type of world do we want to live in?” Do we want to be led by the sweeping force of populist nationalism when history and the Bible has already warned us what the outcome will be or do we want to work towards what God in Christ would have us overcome?: “Hosanna!”, they cried. A whipped-up crowd can be an exciting and intoxicating… Continue reading

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Statement from Church leaders on the UK government announcement on warhead numbers

Church leaders across seven denominations, including the Revd Clare Downing, Moderator of the United Reformed Church General Assembly, have made the following statement following the publication of the government’s integrated review of foreign and defence policies: “The government’s decision in the integrated review of defence, security and foreign policy to increase the number of Trident nuclear warheads the UK can stockpile by more than 40 percent is a retrograde step that will not make any of us safer. Read More … … Continue reading

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Mission Council day two round-up: 16 March 2021

Day two of the spring meeting of Mission Council was held digitally on 16 March.  Opening prayer and Bible study The Revd Helen Everard, chaplain to the Moderators of General Assembly, led worship on the second morning of Mission Council. Rosie Martin, a member of the URC Equalities Committee, read from the story of the woman at the well in John chapter 4, and the Revd Samantha Sheehan, a special category minister working as a university chaplain in the Yorkshire Synod, offered a reflection on the passage. Read More … … Continue reading

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Mission Council day one round-up: 15 March 2021

Mission Council welcomeThe spring meeting of Mission Council, the executive body of United Reformed Church (URC) General Assembly, opened on 15 March. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the meeting was held digitally.

Opening worship
After a welcome from Peter Pay, one of the Moderators of the URC General Assembly, Mission Council began with worship.

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Spring meeting of Mission Council taking place digitally

The spring meeting of the United Reformed Church (URC) Mission Council is taking place digitally from today (Monday) until Wednesday. Mission Council is the executive body of the General Assembly and meets twice a year to reflect on and make decisions about the day-to-day life of the Church.  Topics on the agenda include new ways to access funding for lay discipleship development, new pathways for people to prepare to become worship leaders and accredited lay preachers, and the pension fund deficit. The news pages, Facebook page and Twitter account will include updates on the main decisions made throughout the meeting with a daily report being… Continue reading

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URC West Midlands Synod first to achieve eco award

Congratulations to the United Reformed Church West Midlands Synod which has become the first across the denomination to achieve an A Rocha UK Bronze Eco Synod award. In its award application, the Synod evidenced a long-term commitment to reducing its environmental impact by rewriting their eco-policy which was approved last October, and agreeing clear mission pledges to reduce their carbon footprint and reporting annually on progress. Read More … … Continue reading

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