Why, as Christians, do we care about creation? How do we ground creation care in our spiritual life? And how does creation care fit as part of our churches’ wider mission? This event includes: Short presentations of different theological perspectives on creation care. An introduction (Oxford) or practical workshops (Reading) exploring ways of prayer, […]
Deepening Discipleship: supporting and encouraging all those who lead a small group in their church. On Saturday 6 May 2017 Fareham URC, 18 Osborn Road South, Fareham, PO16 7DG 10am – 2pm Arrivals and registration from 9.30am for 10am start. Please bring your own lunch. Tea/coffee will be provided. It’s not too late to […]
Church House is recruiting a Safeguarding Officer. Please see the Job advert. Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 5 May 2017. Job description, including person specification.
GERMINATE Lecture 2017 Where you stand is how you lead Tuesday 16 May 2017 10.30am-2.30pm Canon Anne Tomlinson, Principal of the Scottish Episcopal Institute The Arthur Rank Centre Stoneleigh Park Warwickshire CV8 2LG £10 (including refreshments and lunch) This event is for anyone who is interested in the nature and exercise of leadership in […]
Synod Retreat Weekend, 27 – 29 October 2017 at Old Alresford Pace, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9DH. Theme: Christlikeness – the challenge for Christians today. Looking at events int eh life of Jesus to see their implications for living as Christians today. Led by: Rev Howard Sharp Cost: £140 (full board from Friday eveing meal to […]
Annual conference of the Society for Ecumenical Studies REFORMATION 500 – Ecumenical Perspectives Saturday, 17th June 2017
Well Done Amy We are delighted to announce that the winner of the Moderator’s Christmas Challenge is: Amy Crocker Aged 11 United Church Winchester Amy’s design will be made into the Moderator’s Christmas card which will be sent out to various people in December.
The Presidents of Churches Together in England response to Westminster attack on 22nd March 2017
Planning is well underway for the United Reformed Church’s contribution to this year’s Greenbelt festival of arts, faith and social justice. The popular event will take place at Boughton House, Northamptonshire, from 25 to 28 August 2017 – and the URC will be there for its second year as an Associate Partner. See more
The moderators of General Assembly, Alan Yates and Kevin Watson, offer a prayer for us all, in the aftermath of yesterday’s attack on Westminster. Dear Lord Our hearts go out to all those directly or indirectly affected by the atrocities in London yesterday. We pray especially for those killed or injured by this […]
Job Advert for the post of Walking the Way Development Manager Or visit the Church House website for details (including Job Description)
To celebrate 20 years York Courses has produced a booklet of Daily Devotional Readings from Easter to Pentecost.
Preparation for lay people who officiate at funerals and weddings. This is a training session on Saturday 15 July 2017. At Fleet URC, 25 Kings Road, Fleet Hampshire, GU51 3AF. 10am – 2.30pm. Arrivals and registration from 9.30am. Please bring your own lunch. Tea/coffee will be provided. To book your place, please email. Details on […]
Lay Presidency at the Sacraments: communion and baptism Training for elders designated by their local church to become an authorised elder. At Wareham URC, Church Street, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 4NE On Saturday 24 June 2017. 10am – 2.30pm. Arrivals and registration from 9.30am. Please bring your own lunch. Tea/coffee will be provided. To book your […]
The powerpoint shown at March 2017 meeting of Synod is available at the link below:
Can you and your community help us to knit a bridge? It’s a great opportunity to meet and make something together. Each piece of knitting should be 120 cm long and 30 cm wide, any thickness of wool coloured: BLUE and YELLOW The bridge will be ready for the Tour de Yorkshire 28-30 April 2017 […]
Please download and read the letter about what we want each church to do in order to have people authorised to preside at the Sacrements.
Mental Health Awareness Days: Reducing Stigma, Resourcing the Church. Open all day, 10am – 4pm. Come when you can. Speaker, worshops, resources and more. On Saturday 7 October 2017 at the Beacon Church, Canford Heath, Poole, BH17 8UE. On Saturday 14 October 2017 at Woking URC, White Rose Lane, Woking, GU22 7HA. A4 poster. […]
We are looking for an inspirational person to lead our Children and Family Work. Help us share our faith within the community by leading: ‘Bouncy Church’ Soft Play, ‘Little Explorers’ toddler group and ‘The Potting Shed’ activities for adults with additional needs. Part time post (hours negotiable). Competitive salary. Job advert. For more details please […]
Come and join us for the Wessex and South Western Synod’s Big Day Out – 1st July 2017 – The Burgate School in Fordingbridge. A day of activities and fun for all the family following the URC theme: Feasts and Festivals. Programme for the Day: Event starts at 10am Session times: 10:30-11:20 11:30-12:20 12:40-13:30 13:40-14:30 […]
Save the dates: Area September 2017 Venue South East Tuesday 19th Drayton United Church, Portsmouth South West Wednesday 27th High Cross Church, Christchurch North West Tuesday 26th Aston Tirrold North East Thursday 21st Elvetham Heath All meetings are a 6.30 for 7pm start and aim to be finished by 9.15pm at the latest.
Knitting and crocheting are very popular and fashionable activities at present. So the United Reformed Church’s planning group for the Greenbelt Christian Arts Festival will be tapping into this for this year’s Greenbelt festival. As part of this year’s theme of ‘More than Welcome,’ and in keeping with last year’s successful hunt, we are preparing […]
Wiltshire Churchest Together invites you to Reformation 500 – Moving On An evening to inform and come together Friday 20th October 7pm – 9pm Market Lavington Community Hall, St Mary’s Road, SN10 4DG Key speakers are: Revd Dr Anna Claar Thomasson-Rosingh Revd Michael Robertson More information available from Liz Overthrow: email@example.com Poster available here
The General Assembly task group, which was set up following the 2016 General Assembly, has been asked to bring to General Assembly 2018 proposals for running the General Assembly from 2020 to 2030. To do this it needs to consult widely and is actively seeking opinions or insight from around the Church. In short, the […]
The Synod Papers are available to download below in either pdf or Word format (a printed copy will be available to collect on the day) How to find the church: The Beacon Church Directions to the Church using public transport There is a free car park next to the Church, and unrestricted parking on […]
Re:Claim. 14-16 July 2017 at Ferny Crofts Activity Centre in The New Forest. The Wessex Summer Camp is an annual camping event for young people aged 11-17 years plus the R12 programme for young adults aged 18-25 years. It is a time to have fun with others through a variety of themed activities and workshops. […]
The full Safeguarding training course is for all individuals working with children, young people and adults at risk, also important for Ministers and Elders. There will be two training courses covered across two Thursday evenings. Participants must attend both evenings to complete the course. At Woking URC, on Thursday evenings 23 March and 30 March […]
This day is open to ministers and lay people. Wednesday 21 June 2017. 10am – 4.30pm. Walking in the New Forest with our Spiritual eyes open. Cost: £12 per person Booking is essential, (places are limited). To book your place, please email. A4 Poster. Further information.
Understanding Spiritual Abuse in the Christian Community (UK). Could you spare 10 minutes of your time to help develop the understanding of spiritual abuse within the Christian community in the UK? Spiritual abuse happens. However, little is known about the full extent of this type of abuse within the church and wider christian community, and […]
URC Church House are looking to appoint a Head of Children’s & Youth Work in London.
Book Launch – Appreciating Church – How can churches, congregations and communities use their strengths to best effect and drive forward transformation. Appreciative Inquiry Events in 2017 Taste of Appreciative Inquiry – March 2017 – Cardiff Developing your Appreciative Inquiry Practice – April 2017 – Windermere Centre Appreciative Inquiry Biennial Retreat – ‘Living the […]
I am pleased to announce a new date for the session on Prayer, Spirituality and Worship. This will be on Saturday 22 April 2017 at London St URC, Basingstoke. Pastoral Care and Mission on Saturday 4 March 2017 – there are places still available Prayer, Spirituality & Worship on Saturday 22 April 2017 […]
An exciting opportunity for young adults aged 18 – 26 years. The Reformed Church in Hungary would like to invite the youth of your church to the eighth meeting of the biennial Csillagpont (Starpoint) festival 25-29 July, 2017 in Debrecen. Join in community with young Christians from around the Carpathian Basin and around the world! […]
An exciting opportunity for two dynamic and enthusiastic individuals to lead and support the children’s and family work within our Community. Further details.
Line Management Training has been scheduled for 3 and 4 April 2017 at the Windermere Centre. Those who are interested in booking a place for the training, please send your confirmation to Helen Bird at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. If you plan to stay at the Windermere Centre for your training, please call the […]
On Saturday 18 March 2017 at the Beacon Church, 3 Mitchell Road, Canford Heath, Poole, BH17 8UE. 10am – 4pm. Cost: £5 Please bring a packed lunch. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Let’s Celebrate: a day for 7 – 11 year olds. Come and meet new friends, have fun and explore 5 Christian festivals […]
The United Reformed Church Past Case Review phase two is an open invitation for anyone to raise concerns about the behavior or conduct of anyone affiliated with the United Reformed Church since its formation in 1972. The following resources regarding the Past Case Review are available via the main URC website: PCR Poster PCR Church […]
We are pleased to announce the upcoming Assembly Feasts and Festivals Big Day Out at Warwick Castle on Saturday 20 May 2017. This an all-age event and an amazing day out for families, children’s and youth groups/organisations, including Pilots. Warwick Castle is a perfect venue for a Feasts and Festivals celebration, an historic castle, renowned […]
Is it I, Lord? Ministry Enquirers’ Day Saturday 18 March 2017, 10am – 4pm Luther King House, Manchester Further details.
Open invitation to this talk by acclaimed author and speaker Ruth Valerio, at Wesley Memorial Methodist Church Oxford. Further details and A4 poster to download.
Crossfire Camp – a URC weekend for people aged 12+ years. Stathern Lodge, 26-29 May 2017. Cost: £30 before 31 March and £40 thereafter. Crossfire Camp is an exciting event for young people aged 12+. We meet together each May to explore more about faith through small groups, teaching, worship and a whole range of […]
Unfortunately this training has had to be cancelled due to ill health. A new date will be arranged and publicised in due course. Lay Presidency at the Sacraments: Communion and Baptism. Led by Mary Thomas. This is training for those who have been designated by their local church to become an authorised elder. A4 poster […]
If you know anyone who might be interested in attending the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) Global Youth Gathering in Germany later this year, it would be great if you could pass this information on to them. This event is a fantastic opportunity to meet with young Reformed Christians from around the world. I […]
27 – 29 April 2017 (Thursday – Saturday, 8.30am – 6.30pm each day, finishing at 5.30pm on the final day). Accredited training course in Godly Play at High Street Methodist Church, Witney, Oxon, OX28 6HG. This will be the third time this course has been held here, using the excellent resource of a dedicated Godly […]
NEW 5-session COURSE suitable for LENT 2017 – or any season RECEIVING CHRIST in five different ways An ecumenical course in five sessions for discussion groups & individuals comprising course booklet, CD and transcript booklet Course Synopsis ‘To all who received him … he gave power to become children of God.’ (John 1.12.) This […]
Any agenda items for the March Synod meeting should be received in the Synod Office by 13th February. By email: email@example.com Post: 120 Alma Road, Southampton, SO14 6UW
A reflection by David Cornick, General Secretary of Churches Together in England, focusing on the theme for next week’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and the Reformation anniversary this year. Reflection of the Month: ‘Tear down the barriers!’ Revd Dr David Cornick writes: Five hundred years ago an Augustinian monk who was […]
We are delighted to announce the date of this exciting special safeguarding training. On Saturday 25 February 2017. For those working in church cafés or in detached work (eg coffee mornings, drop-in sessions, breakfast or after-school clubs etc). At London St URC, Basingstoke, RG21 7NU. A full day’s training, 10am – 4pm. Arrivals and […]
Link: Racial Justice Sunday 2017 A small collection, including links to other webpages, of resources for Racial Justice Sunday (February 12, 2017). This material can be used anytime, though, the reflections are based on the lectionary readings for this specific sunday.
Details of Development and Support Events in 2017 can be found here. Each event is also listed in the calendar section of this website.
Save the dates: Area February 2017 Venue South East Wednesday 15th Southampton: Bitterne South West Monday 20th Wesley Centre, Trinity Church, Ringwood North West Tuesday 21st Trinity Church, Abingdon North East Thursday 23rd Guildford URC – Portsmouth Rd All meetings are a 6.30 for 7pm start and aim to be finished by 9.15pm at […]
Prayers For The Planet Join with churches across England and Wales in celebrating a ‘Green Communion’ as part of your worship on Sunday 5th February. A specially prepared order of service – along with a recipe for baking your own, environmentally-friendly communion loaf – are available to download from A Rocha UK’s Eco Church website […]
There are a few places left on the first aid course to be held at Swanage URC on Saturday 21 January 2017. Booking is essential as places are limited. Further information and booking details can be found on the poster.
Wessex Synod Children’s and Youth Programme of Events 2017 For children and young people up to their 26th birthday, plus events for the wider church family. Paper copies (A5 booklet) are available on request, please email. Programme 2017 to download as a pdf.
A great camping event for ages 11 – 17 and the R12 programme for young adults, 18 – 25 years. A fantastic opportunity to learn more about God, Jesus’ journey, and how the Passover festival links closely to our Christian faith. At Ferny Crofts Activity Centre in the New Forest. Publicity flier to download.
A day for 7 – 11 year olds. Meet new friends, have fun and explore 5 Christian festivals in one day, (Christmas, Harvest, Lent, Easter and Pentecost). Enjoy the celebrations and lean more about these important Christian Festivals. On Saturday 18 March 2017, 10am – 4pm. At The Beacon Church, Canford Heath, Poole, BH17 8UE. […]
Mental Health Awareness Day: Reducing Stigma, Resourcing the Church. Wessex Synod is holding a Mental Health Awareness Day at two locations (on the same day) The Beacon Church, Canford Heath, Poole, BH17 8UE London Street URC, Basingstoke, RG21 7NU 10am – 4pm. Open all day, come when you can. Speaker, workshops, market place resources. Posters […]
There are places still available for young people in school year 10 up to 25 years. 27 – 29 January 2017 at Whitemoor Lakes, Alrewas, Staffs. Wessex Synod can fund places up to £100 and help with transport. Please contact CYDOs Phil Ray or Ruth White or the synod office. Further information. Register here.
Howard Rowe, the Lead Chaplain of the Winchester City Centre Chaplaincy, will be retiring at the end of April, 2017. The Chaplaincy Management Group is therefore looking to appoint his successor by March. This is a paid, part-time (18.5 hours per week) post and is open to both ordained and lay people. For further details, […]
ECUMENICAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER FOR OXFORDSHIRE Are you inspired by the vision of Christians of different traditions working together? Are you a great networker, solution-finder and administrator? If so, this post may be for you. £19,900 pa pro rata plus pension contribution office/home based, 18 hours a week Details: www.cte.org.uk/OxfordshireJob Closing date: […]
A day of activities and fun for all the family following the URC theme: Feasts and Festivals. Further information and resources to download here.
Lay Presidency at the Sacraments: communion and baptism A training day for those designated by their local church to become an authorised elder. on Saturday 4 February 2017 at The Beacon Church, Canford Heath 10am – 2pm. Arrivals and registration from 9.30am. Please bring your own lunch. Tea/coffee will be provided. To book your place, please […]
Elders’ Development sessions are for current elders, non-serving elders and anyone interested in becoming an elder. Calling and Functions – on Saturday 28 January 2017 Pastoral Care and Mission – on Saturday 18 February 2017 Prayer, Spirituality and Worship – on Saturday 4 March 2017 10am – 2pm (arrivals from 9.30am for 10am start). Please […]
***We have been advised by High Cross Church Camberley that Highways England have put out the following report*** This weekend: M3 full closure junctions 2 and 3 We need to close the M3 between junction 2 and 3 in both directions this weekend from 9pm on Friday 18 November until 5.30am Monday 21 November 2016. Clearly signed diversion […]
PRAXIS – The public issues newsletter of The Baptist Union of Great Britain, The Methodist Church, The United Reformed Church and The Church of Scotland. Read the latest issue, Newsletter 81 – October 2016.
Revd Graham Hoslett has produced a single page synopsis of the meeting of Mission Council held on 19-21 October 2016. It is available in various sizes/formats below: For the full and ‘official’ round-up of all Mission Council news. There is also a standalone story about the future of the Windermere Centre. […]
Young People – Time to vote for your SYE 2016 All young people (aged 11 – 25 years) connected to URCs across Wessex synod are invited to cast their vote. We ask leaders in the local churches to assist in making this possible. Voting papers and instructions and Candidate statement Please email the results of […]
If you missed the Taste of Appreciating Inquiry event in Wessex Synod in April 2016, here is another opportunity to do the course. Tuesday 7 March – Wednesday 8 March 2017 at St Michael’s Centre, Llandaff, Cardiff. Booking is essential and places are limited. Further information about the Taster event, including booking details. What is […]
On Saturday 5 November 2017 at Petersfield URC, College Street, Petersfield, GU31 4AG. The session being covered is All Age and Family Ministry. The aim of the session is to explore ways of working with families in the church and to explore all age worship ideas. Further information and booking information on the poster.
For Past Case Review resources and where to seek advice, please visit the main URC Website by clicking the link below: Past Case Review webpage
United Reformed Church Peace Fellowship ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2016 a joint event with the Baptist Peace Fellowship Saturday 29 October 11.00 am – 3.30 pm at Bloomsbury Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8EP Download poster and booking form here
First aid courses run by a trainer from the British Red Cross. Free to URC members and members of Wessex Synod LEPs. Booking is essential. Please see the booking details on the posters. Details can also be found in the calendar (search by category and select First Aid Training). On Saturday 5 November 2016 […]
Saturday 12th November 9.30 for 10.00am until 3.30pm. The Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester For further details open the poster here
The latest Wessex Synod Treasurers’ circular is now available to download:
Here is the September mailing full of fantastic opportunities for children and young people and adult workers.
The venues for the September area gatherings have now been set as below. Topic will be: What happened at General Assembly? 20th – South West – Broadstone URC 27th – North West – Trinity Church, Abingdon Please park in Carswell Community School, which is on Conduit Road (same as the Church). […]
Dear Friends at Wessex Synod, Yes, sabbaticals do bear fruit! Here is the press release for the launch of Worship Words, the website I created during my recent sabbatical. A young minister recently posted this comment on Facebook: “Worship Word’s a great resource to have! Especially on a Saturday night when you just need a […]
The Moderator’s Christmas Challenge has been a great success for the past 2 years, so we are sending out the challenge again to find the design for Clare’s 2017 Christmas Letter. Open to anyone aged 0-26. Please take a look at the information sheet for the rules of the challenge and download the entry […]
We have recently received further information concerning the Baptist Ministers’ Pension Fund. We have directly contacted churches and organisations who we are aware may be affected by this but if you have belonged to an organisation that has ever employed a Baptist minister, please get in touch with Chris Evans on firstname.lastname@example.org
York Courses have two brand new courses which have just come into stock. The Advent and Lent courses comprise a course booklet, CD and transcript and are suitable both for discussion groups and individual reflection. LIVING IN THE LIGHT has 4 sessions, which makes it ideal for the 4 weeks of […]
The electronic version of the Record of the July meeting of General Assembly is now available on the URC website: Please note page iii contains a list of matters of particular concern to local churches and Synods.
IBEX – The Churches Working with the Economy – Training Day Saturday, 17 September 2016 Buckland United Reformed Church 10am to 3pm (ish) Come as a group – more than one person from the same Church is a good idea! Get motivated, be inspired. Make a Difference – which is what our Faith should be […]
You may not be aware that there are certain situations in which a church can claim re-imbursement of Pulpit Supply expenses from Church House. These expenses can be claimed when a Minister is unable to work for one of the following reasons: ill-health which lasts for a period of more than four weeks parental leave […]
TRIO is a financial stewardship programme for churches which has proven success in a wide variety of demographic settings in encouraging generosity in giving. A TRIO campaign encourages people to consider their financial giving to the church. …The Responsibility Is Ours There are two copies of the TRIO pack available to loan from the Synod […]
On Sunday 21st August it was my 60th birthday, and I wanted to remember my mum who died last year so I decided to “Brave the shave”. This is a MacMillan initiative to help MacMillan cancer support. I wanted to support them because they had been brilliant with my Mum and our family last […]
Letter from Revd Dr Michael Jagessar, Global & Intercultural Ministries (Mission) Dear Colleagues I write with regard to Racial Justice Sunday and some new developments. In February of 2016, we became aware through an email from CTBI that “a decision had been reached to move Education Sunday to the 2nd Sunday of […]
A Quiet Day for the whole Synod on Saturday 17 September 2016 at Fareham URC. Theme: ‘Light Shines … Hope Blossoms’. Led by Revd Brenda Russell. Arrivals from 10am for 10.30am start. Finish at 4pm. Cost: £5 per person. Please bring your own lunch. Tea/coffee will be provided. Synod Quiet Day poster. To book your […]
Join us at the Fresh Expressions Vision Day on Saturday 22 October 2016 at Trinity United Church, Ringwood. Speakers Linda Rayner and Sheila Thatcher. Arrivals and registration from 10.15am for 10.30am start. Finish at 4pm. Please bring your own lunch. Tea/coffee will be provided. Cost: free, but please book places so we can organise seating […]
Training Officer/Support and Development Tutor This is a re-advertisement of the exciting new opportunity for a URC minister to work 50% as the Training officer for the Synod of Wales (South), and 50% in a new post for Northern College as a Support and Development Tutor (non-academic). Together, the Synod and College are looking form […]
If you know a young person, aged 18 – 25 years, who might be interested in this Council for World Mission internship, please pass on the details and ask them to e-mail email@example.com or call 020 7916 8683 as soon as possible. The deadline for applications has been extended ‘till the end of September. CWM […]
The latest edition of Sharing the Vision is available to download below. Please note there will be only one edition in August.
Learning and Development Officer/Support and Development Tutor Northern College and North Western Synod are looking to fill a post which we believe is a creative opportunity for co-operation as we each work towards a common goal – the equipping and building up of the people of God across the URC. The post holder can negotiate […]
CHILDREN’S AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT OFFICER (CYDO) Mersey Synod of the United Reformed Church seeks to appoint a Children’s and Youth Development Officer (CYDO), including being part of the National team. Salary: £29,000 – £34,000 per annum depending on experience Full-time post of 37.5 hours per week We are looking for someone With a nationally […]
If your Church is considering registering its buildings for the marriage of same-sex couples, please visit the main URC website for guidance by clicking the button below.
This is the updated training course for all individuals working with children, young people and adults at risk. The course is also important for Ministers and Elders. At South Hayling URC on Saturday 3 September 2016, 10am – 4pm. Further information on the poster. At London Street URC, Basingstoke on Saturday 10 September […]
On Saturday lunchtime (9th July) the United Reformed Church General Assembly celebrated the work of the four initiatives commended in its Community Project Awards scheme, which is sponsored by the church insurer, Congregational & General. The awards are granted every two years, recognising the outstanding community impact of faith-led initiatives. The overall winner of […]
General Assembly took place at the Southport Convention Centre in Mersey Synod from 8th to 11th July 2016. The Book of Reports are available here A round-up of all the news from General Assembly can be found on the URC website here More news can be found here
We are pleased to announce that there will be joint Synod Day Out for the Wessex and South Western Synods on Saturday 1st July 2017 to be held at The Burgate School, Salisbury Road, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 1EZ. More details to follow in the coming months. Hold that date and pass on the news 🙂
Clare Downing began her ministry as Wessex Synod Moderator in January 2011, and is now in the sixth year of her initial seven-year term of service. In recent months there has been a wide consultation around the Synod, co-ordinated by a Synod Review Panel under the leadership of the Synod Clerk. The aim has been […]
Chaplaincy to Higher Education in Manchester WARDEN OF ST PETER’S HOUSE We have created an exciting new senior post of Warden of St Peter’s House, the home of chaplaincy to Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music, and which is sponsored by the Anglican, Baptist, Methodist and United […]
We are delighted to present the refreshed URC logo to you. It will be in use from 1st June on all new URC materials. For the past six months, the URC’s design team has been working to make the denomination’s visual identity more positive, striking and adaptable. The previous logo was composed of 14 different […]
Petersfield URC is hosting a CORE Skills session on ‘All Age and Family Ministry’ on Saturday 5 November 2016, 2 – 4.30pm (arrivals and registration from 1.30pm). The aim of this session is to explore ways of working with families in the church and to explore all age worship ideas. There will be lots […]
Training for Learning and Serving, Local Introductory Training Experiences (Transitionary replacement for TLS Foundation course) There will be new TLS LITE groups starting this September; 1. in the Christchurch/Bournemouth area 2. in the Southampton area 3. in the Reading area These are for anyone who would like to do TLS LITE, either as a […]
Wessex Summer Camp 2016 – Re:Fresh 15-17 July 2016 at Ferny Crofts Activity Centre, The New Forest, SO42 7YQ. Wessex Summer Camp will be a fantastic weekend of activities, workshops, exploring the Bible and worship. For young people age 11 – 25, plus the R12 development programme for those who have finished year 13 and […]
The Wessex Synod Youth Executive are inviting young people aged 14—25 to join them at their next weekend. Are You … Considering joining the Synod Youth Executive Wanting to meet other young people in Wessex Keen to be involved in moulding the youth work within the Synod Looking to have your voice heard If […]
Basic Safeguarding Training. This updated training course is a full day’s training for all individuals working with children, young people and adults at risk, and important for Ministers and Elders of the church. Saturday 14 May 2016 at Hythe URC. 10am – 4pm. Saturday 10 September 2016 at London Street URC, Basingstoke. 10am – […]
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Opportunity for Churches: reaching the most unreached people 90% – 95% of the world’s disabled people die without ever hearing the Gospel, according to the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. Disabled people are one of the world’s most unreached people groups. Christian disability charity Through the Roof would like to partner with churches to change […]
Hello! It is now about a month and a half until Crossfire Camp 2016 and we are really looking forward to welcoming young people aged 12+ from across the URC to join us for a weekend of worship, teaching, food and fun. Held across the second bank holiday weekend in May (Friday 27th to Monday […]
An invitation to WALK WITH THE STRANGER and be inspired through a new resource which includes a film, When Truth is Blind, which will encourage us to listen to each other and be inspired by our conversations… Join us at Park United Reformed Church, Palmer Park Avenue, Earley, Reading, RG6 1DN on Saturday June 4th […]
TLS offers a reflective and practical learning experience through personal and group study, local and residential gatherings and engagement at a range of educational levels. Participants enrich their spirituality, explore the Bible and contemporary thought, enjoy stimulating study with others on similar journeys, and embark on new directions in discipleship. TLS equips people for Christian […]
Elders’ Development days are open to all current Elders, non-serving Elders and anyone interested in becoming an Elder. There will be series of three Elders’ Development sessions at The Beacon Church, Canford Heath, 10am – 2pm. Calling and Functions on Saturday 4 June 2016 Pastoral Care and Mission on Saturday 25 June 2016 Prayer, Spirituality […]
The lecture takes place on the 17th May at 10.30 am at the Arthur Rank Centre and the theme is Entrepreneurship and the Rural Church. Download the poster here The lecture is being given by Rev Dr Michael Volland who is currently Director of Context-based Training at Ridley Hall Cambridge, formerly the Director of […]
Boys Don’t Cry: improving identification and disclosure of sexual exploitation among boys and young men trafficked to the UK. Download here.
We recognise as a Synod that the development of both current and new leaders needs to be a top priority. We are therefore very pleased to announce that we will be running the CPAS Growing Leaders course again in conjunction with Cornerstone Hythe URC from September 2016. Introductory session on Saturday 11 June 2016 at […]
Reflections from Le Weekend 2016 in Douai, France
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Join the Big Church Switch Extracting and burning fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) should be a thing of the past. They are unsustainable, they are hurting our earth, and burning them disrupts the balance of God’s creation. But there is an alternative. By using clean, renewable energy we can help restore the earth and […]
A Day at the Beach – ‘following Jesus up the shoreline’. Saturday 13 August 2016. 10am – 4pm. At Westminster College, Cambridge, CB3 0AA. This family fun day includes the following activities; drama, parachute games, crafts, soft play zone and much more. All ages welcome! Prices: £10 per adult, £7 per child (12 years and […]
Paradise in the City: Chemin Neuf Festival, Lodz, Poland. 19-25 July 2016. Churches Together in England is seeking nominations for young adults (age 18-29) to form an ecumenical group to attend a Christian event in Poland. Further information in the invitation letter and flyer. Closing date for nominations is 8 May 2016. Please forward this […]
The latest Wessex Synod Treasurers’ news sheet is available to download:
Daily Devotions for Eastertide A series of reflections written by writers across the URC will be sent out every day between Easter Sunday and Pentecost. Authors include John Ellis, Susan Durber, John Proctor, Ruth Whitehead, David Grosch-Miller, Francis Brienen, Richard Church, Ann Barton, Kevin Waston, Fleur Houston, Alan Yates and many more. Many people have […]
From: Revd Sue Litchfield Wessex Synod’s Advocate for Rural Ministries The Arthur Rank Centre sent me the following very interesting idea which has been sent out to all Churches in Wessex Synod. I hope this is of interest and helpful. In 2015 they launched Rural Mission Sunday – a real opportunity for churches to celebrate […]
Revd Graham Hoslett has produced a single page pdf synopsis of the meeting of Mission Council held on 9-11 March 2016.
For all Lay Preachers’ in URC Wessex Synod. Join us for a time of sharing, experiences, hopes and insights. At London St URC, Basingstoke. 10.00am – 3.45pm. This year the theme will be ‘Refreshing Your Ministry’ led by Revd Paul Burden. Programme for the day. To book your place, please email.
Launched earlier this month, ‘Scientists in Congregations’ provides grants of up to £10,000 for new projects designed by local church leaders and science professionals to bring science-theology/faith questions into the learning and worshipping lives of local congregations of all sizes and types. Projects supported by the ‘Scientists in Congregations’ programme have the potential to […]
Appreciative Inquiry offers a hopeful, positive approach to reflecting on church life and practice. It affirms that something good is happening and, by exploring the experiences of people, seeks to build on those strengths in the future. This introduction to Appreciative Inquiry will give you a well-tested set of resources to use locally and begin […]
The following two training opportunities are open to all; 12-13 May 2016, a two-day intensive ‘train the trainers’ for fresh expressions vision days and mission shaped ministry (msm) courses. More information is at https://www.freshexpressions.org.uk/events/intensiveday16 8-11 June 2016, 4 day study tour/conference in Tallinn (Estonia) organised by EAEE Protestant and Anglican Network for life-long Learning in […]
The Synod Papers are available to download below in either pdf or Word format (a printed copy will be available to collect on the day) Map and Directions of how to find The United Church Winchester can be downloadabled here If travelling by car we advise using the Park and Ride car parks, detailed […]
The Government is pressing ahead with its Sunday trading plans (in England and Wales). This will be shoehorned in as an amendment to the Enterprise Bill. People can take action by contacting their MP. We do not know when the committee stage days will be but they must take place before Thursday 25th February i.e. […]
There are two training dates in the SW area of synod. Saturday 5 March 2016 at Salisbury URC, 30 Fisherton Street, Salisbury, SP2 7RG. 10am – 1pm. A full morning’s training for all individuals working with adults at risk, and also important for Ministers and Elders of the church. Details of the course can be […]
Employment Update – February 2016 from your Synod Employment Adviser To: Ministers, Church Secretaries and Treasurers – please share this newsletter with those members of your church who are involved in employment matters. National Living Wage As well as the annual increase in National Minimum Wage rates from October 2015 (see https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates for […]
On Saturday 9 April 2016 at Iford URC, Ropley road, Boscombe East, Bournemouth, BH7 6RU. 10am – 4pm. This first aid course will be run by a trainer from the British Red Cross. It is free to URC members. Booking is essential. Please see the booking details on the poster. Details can also be found […]
Elders’ Development days are open to all current Elders, non-serving Elders and anyone interested in becoming an Elder. There will be a set of three Development Days in the NW of the synod at Marsh Gibbon URC, Tomkins Lane, Marsh Gibbon, Bicester, OX27 0EX. 10am – 2pm. To book your place, please email. Download the […]
We are delighted to have our website nominated for an iChurch Award. The Windermere Centre writes: WO16: iChurch Awards – The Shortlists Here at the Windermere Centre, we’ve been working with all kinds of churches and people over recent years, helping them to build a credible web-presence for themselves without their needing to hire expensive […]
Below are the resources used in the January area gatherings. Area Gathering Feedback Questions Checklist of Church legal obligations and best practice Wessex Synod Handbook for Churches – A guide to churches’ legal obligations & best practice Four risk assessment stages for Baptist Churches CDM15 Property Resources Pack Ministry & Mission summary […]
Last year Christian disability charity Through the Roof carried out a survey of disabled people’s experience of church, and two months ago they launched a free resource called All of Us Complete in Christ to help churches address the issues that disabled people are raising. This publication contains the results of their survey and a […]
Synod Children’s Day on Saturday 19 March 2016. Please publicise this event. Poster to download. The day is called “The Big Church Search!”. We will enjoy a walking ‘Church Search’ around Winchester, following the clues and exploring some amazing churches. The children will be in 4 small groups who will be accompanied by leaders. They […]
Announcing the 2016 Programme of Events for children and young people. Once again there is a fantastic line-up of inspiratiaonal and fun events in Wessex Synod. Please help to bring the information to the attention of families and young people in your church.
This year’s theme for Wessex Summer Camp is ‘Re:fresh’ View the publicity flier. Further information and booking forms will become available in due course.
York Courses have produced a new 4 session course which is suitable for Advent, or any season, entitled: Making Room written by David Gamble Course Synopsis For many of us life is full of things to do, people to see, responsibilities and chores. We can sometimes feel there’s not enough time or space in […]
We will be looking at some of the practical issues that our congregations have to deal with, under the title: “Responsible Elders” Some of the topics we will be looking at are: Property maintenance – especially the new legislation Health & Safety Having/creating a local church constitution Financial Matters (including M&M) Risk management These will […]
You may remember that at our November Synod we passed a Resolution asking Her Majesty’s Government to take further action to help refugees fleeing war zones. The details of the Resolution can be found in the Synod Papers (on page 14, but also set out below). We have now received a response from the Government […]
Elders’ Development days are open to all current Elders, non-serving Elders and anyone interested in becoming an Elder. There will be a set of three Development Days in the New Year at Fareham URC, 10am – 2pm. To book your place, please email. Download the poster. Saturday 23 January 2016 – Calling and Functions Saturday […]
‘Creating a Culture of Invitation’ at day with Michael Harvey at Trinity United Church, Ringwood, BH24 1DH. on Saturday 6th February 2016 from 10.00am to 4.00pm This event is open to all and is free of charge. Download the poster. To book your place, please email. Our speaker is Michael Harvey, who is well known for […]
The Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund has now re-opened for a second round of funding, with a budget of £25million to be awarded in 2016. The closing date for applications is Friday 26th February 2016 at midday. Please follow this link for further information Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund and liaise […]
Research conference: Rural Ministry: An effective Christian Presence? 20 and 21 July 2016 Where is it? Cliff College, Derbyshire What will the conference cover? The Conference will invite rural practitioners to speak about various aspects of rural mission or ministry. It is hoped to publish a collection of essays from a […]
We have set the following dates for the 2016 Area Gatherings. January We will be looking at some of the practical issues that our congregations have to deal with, under the title: “Responsible Elders” Some of the topics we will be looking at are: Property maintenance – especially the new legislation Health […]
Youth Assembly, 22 – 24 January 2016 at Whitemoor Lakes, Alrewas, Staffordshire. Age: Year 10 / S3 up to 25 yeard olds. A weekend to focus on Jesus, to share in community with other young people, and to explore what it means to be church together. Places are funded by Wessex Synod. Book your place […]
Following the success of the drumming workshop at the recent Synod meeting, people have been asking for contact details for Kaya Rhythm & Arts Ltd. Alex Miles – Director and Senior Facilitator email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: www.kayadrums.com mob: 07729 638 144 office: 01672 288 815 ‘Drumming, Storytelling and Cultural Art Workshops’ – Kaya Rhythm & Arts […]
The Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church in Britain and the United Reformed Church have released a joint statement on military action in Syria. Read the statement here
We want your prayers for the URC 2017 Prayer Handbook! Do you know of children and young people who enjoy creative writing? Do they like thinking about the world around them and what God is doing in it? Do they find exploring Scripture interesting and thought provoking? If so, would they be able to write […]
For new Lay Preachers and an opportunity for existing Elders to refresh. Lay Presidency at the Sacraments: Communion and Baptism on Saturday 27 February 2016 at Collinwood Road URC, Oxford, OX3 8HH. 10am – 2.30pm. To book your place, please email. You may also be interested in… Lay Preachers’ Gathering on Saturday 16 April […]
At Shanklin URC, Isle of Wight A full days training for all individuals working with children and young people, and important for Ministers and Elders of the Church. Further details on the poster.
The Moderator’s Christmas Challenge was such a success last year we are sending out the challenge again to find the 2016 design for Clare’s Christmas Letter. Open to anyone aged 0-26. Please take a look at the information sheet for the rules of the challenge and download the entry form which should be attached […]
Le Weekend 1-3 April 2016 Douai, France Theme: ‘Exile’ Our annual Anglo-French exchange this year will offer overlapping perspectives from the Bible and our present day experience. Group work around witness accounts, the latest critical biblical study, biblical story-telling, discussion… What is exile? Living in exile and being left behind; Working with exiles; Looking […]
Revd Graham Hoslett has produced a single page pdf synopsis of the meeting of Mission Council held on 13-15 November.
The Synod Papers are available to download below in either pdf or Word format (a printed copy will be available to collect on the day) It is important that you read all the following documentation before Synod meets on 21st November as some may require action prior to the meeting Supporting documentation to be […]
Young People – Time to vote for your SYE 2015 All young people (aged 11 – 25 years) connected to URCs across Wessex synod are invited to cast their vote. We ask leaders in the local churches to assist in making this possible. Voting papers and instructions and Candidate statements Please email the results of […]
Accredited training for Christian youth workers and others delivering input to primary and secondary schools. Are you involved in supporting your local school by taking assemblies or teaching some RE lessons, or leading a Prayer Space? Maybe you are a mentor or lead other activities. All this is essential and valued work in schools and […]
Elders’ Development days are open to all current Elders, non-serving Elders and anyone interested in becoming an Elder. There will be a set of three Development Days in the New Year at Fareham URC, 10am – 2pm. To book your place, please email. Saturday 23 January 2016 – Calling and Functions Saturday 13 February 2016 […]
Take a look at the video from this year’s Multicultural Celebrations: Multicultural Celebrations 2015
At Farnham URC on Saturday 14 November 2015. 10am – 4pm. Arrivals from 9.30am. Please bring a packed lunch. To book your place, please email. Further information in the calendar and on the Safeguarding page.
Come and explore new ways of building Christian community at Christ Church URC, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1AG. 10.15am – 4pm. Speakers: Linda Rayner and Sheila Thatcher. Fresh Expressions seeks to transform communities and individuals through championing, resourcing and multiplying new ways of being church. Cost: free but booking is essential. To book your place, please email. […]
Upcoming First Aid Training days on Thursday 1 October 2015 at Wheatley URC, Oxford on Saturday 17 October 2015 at St Paul’s URC, Bracknell on Saturday 24 October 2015 at Christ Church Chineham, Basingstoke Further details including the contact details for bookings can be found in the calendar. Search by category and then select the […]
Places still available, please sign up. This is a wonderful opportunity to take time to come away and be quiet, feel refreshed and connect with God in a different way. Theme: ‘Finding Your Treasure’ led by Revd Brenda Stephenson. The Quiet day will be based on the book ‘Finding your hidden Treasure’ by Father Ben […]
This Mission Shaped Ministry Course is open to participants of all denominations. Mission Shaped Ministry is a nationally recognised programme which enables people to discover the nuts and bolts of pioneering or developing new ways of being Church. They’re ideal to attend as teams wherever you are in the early stages of your journey of […]
This is a great opportunity for young people aged 14 – 25 years to become more involved and to make a difference across the Wessex Synod and in the wider world. Do you know anyone who might be interested. Further information and application guidelines here. Closing date for applications: 12 October 2015.
The Synod Children’s Forum, launched last November was named ‘Children Speaking Aloud’ (CSA). The group is open to all children aged 11 – 13 years who want to explore key social and topical issues for the church and community, and participate in plannying Synod Children’s Days. Please give the invitation letter to anyone who might […]
Following the 2011 vision2020 conference on evangelism and the 2013 conference on church growth, we are delighted to announce the next one, on community partnerships. This time the format is different: it is not a conference but a series of roadshows, to be held in six locations across the UK, between November 2015 and June […]
On Friday 23rd October 2015. This first aid course will be led a trainer from the British Red Cross. Booking is essential. Contact details can be found in the calendar – (please select category – First Aid Training)
Mission Council in March 2014 agreed to make Safer Sacred Space training mandatory for all ministers (Ministers of Word and Sacraments and Church Related Community Workers). Three training days have been arranged. Please sign up for one of the training days. Click here for the calendar and select by category to find the dates. This […]
The next round of area gatherings have been arranged and the topic will be “Sharing Gifts”. During the course of the evening we will be exploring what our gifts and talents might be and how we share these with our own congregations, the wider church and the wider world.
The full, official, Record of the United Reformed Church General Assembly’s recent one-day meeting in Birmingham which considered one issue only – the marriage of same-sex couples – is now available. A hard copy of The Record of Assembly is being mailed to all members of the Assembly, and The Record is now available on-line […]
NEW Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) Is your church currently involved with any type of construction works, or alterations? Are you planning to commence any of these works? Are you currently in discussion with contractors no matter how small the contract is? Do you have works carried out […]
Parkstone URC is recruiting a Family Worker to develop family, children’s and youth work. Further details available here. Application pack is available here. Closing date for applications is Wednesday 29 July 2015.
Registering Local Church Buildings for the Marriage of Same-Sex Couples The following applies in England and Wales, but not in other jurisdictions where the URC serves. Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man do not at present allow the marriage of same-sex couples. Scots law does not require the registration of buildings for marriage services. […]
For a shorter paper on the discussion “What is the Spirit saying to the Churches?” please click here The Faith and Order Committee will be grateful to receive responses to the questions or records of discussions in whatever form is appropriate by July 31st. Responses should be sent to email@example.com
Following the recent recalled General Assembly, the Moderators of the General Assembly and the General Secretary have written a pastoral letter, which is available to read here We have also received some useful notes from the Synod Clerk of North Western Synod, Andy Braunston. There is an A4 version which would be suitable for noticeboards […]
Various dates September to November 2015 – please go to the calendar and select by category for Safeguarding Training. A full days training for all individuals working with children and young people, and important for Ministers and Elders of the Church. The course covers: The Basics of Safeguarding Good Practice Procedures Duty of Care and […]
The Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT), which brings together the Baptists, Methodists, URC and Church of Scotland in tackling social justice issues, is offering the very exciting opportunity of a one-year, full-time, paid (London Living Wage) internship based in Central London. Do you know young people who want to work as part of a team […]
Resources in Word format available to download.
The latest edition of Sharing the Vision is now available to download from the Newsletter section.
The Church on the Heath has a vacancy for a full-time youth worker. Closing date for applications is Friday 15 May 2015. Click here for further details.
Penny Thatcher’s latest Employment Newsletter is now available here
The latest edition of Sharing the Vision is now available to download from the Newsletter section.
Here is a handy guide for churches which gives simple advice about working inclusively with children and adults who have additional needs. Please click here for 15 ways to include children and adults with additional needs in church.
BUDGET 2015 Date: 18/03/15 As well as general changes in taxation and the customary review of economic policy, the Budget contained several specific measures that are of interest to churches and religious charities and their staff. Income Tax • From April 2016 the tax-free personal allowance will be increased to £10,800. • From April 2017 […]
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A total of 502 places of worship will receive between £10,000 to £100,000 to meet the costs of urgent repairs to roofs and rainwater disposal systems in the first round of the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund. Money is also being provided for structural investigations, specialist reports and bat surveys. A full list […]
Smoke and CO Alarms to be a Legal Requirement for Rental Properties Under new measures announced, all landlords will be required by law to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms (CO) in their properties from October 2015. The move is part of a wider government push to ensure sufficient measures are in place to protect […]
The Wessex Summer Camp is an annual camping event for young people. It is a time to have fun with others through a variety of activities, explore the Christian faith and learn more about our amazing God through streamed discussions and worship. Further information available in the Wessex Summer Camp Brochure. Wessex Summer Camp Booking […]