Saturday 9 November 2019 Fleet URC 10.30am – 3.30pm Guest speaker: Linda Rayner We are constantly faced with the challenge of mission in an ever-changing world. Join us again for this annual shared exploration into how to keep up. To book your place, please email.
FEEDBACK FROM A PARTICIPANT I attended yesterday’s wonderful walking day, and I just wanted to thank Mike, Louise and Claire for a fantastic day. I have never attended anything put on by the Synod before, and I have to say, I found the entire day absolutely fantastic. The organisation and information before hand was great, […]
A Quiet Day organised by the Silence & Retreats group for all in Wessex Synod. Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. Email or phone 023 8067 4513. Saturday 26 October 2019 Mindfulness and Christian Spirituality led by Tim Stead A practical introduction to Mindfulness with reflections on how it relates to […]
Wessex Summer Camps 2019 – Re:Charge 19 – 21 July 2019, at Runways End Outdoor Centre, Aldershot Two fantastic camps, for ages 8 – 11 years and 11 – 17 years Wessex Summer Camp will be a fantastic weekend of activities, workshops, exploring the Bible and worship. Whether you have been before or will […]
How does Stepwise work? Watch this short film (5 minutes) – a Taste of Stepwise.
The Big Speak Out 5-7 July 2019 Repton School, Derbyshire DE65 6FH This event is open to all 11-18 year olds associated in any way with the United Reformed Church. Come for a weekend of fun, fellowship, faith, friendship and finding your voice! Ruth White, Wessex Synod Children’s and Youth Development Officer (south), is […]
Mental Health First Aider course. This is the two-day training course, participants must attend both days to complete the course and gain a certificate. On Mondays 7 & 14 October 2019. Petersfield United Reformed Church, College Street, Petersfield, GU31 4AG. 9.15am – 5pm Please bring your own lunch. Places are limited. Please book early […]
Revd Graham Hoslett has produced a single page synopsis of the meeting of Mission Council held on 13-15 May 2019.
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 is certified; parental leave; Jury Service; a sabbatical term […]
A full one day’s safeguarding training for all individuals working with children, young people and adults at risk. On Saturday 15 June 2019. 10am – 4pm. At Wheatley URC, High Street, Wheatley, OX33 1UE. Please bring your own lunch. Tea/coffee will be provided. To book your place, please email or phone 023 8067 4513. Further […]
Stepwise is being rolled out in Wessex Synod. What is Stepwise? Stepwise is the new intergenerational United Reformed Church discipleship development programme. It is for people of all ages and backgrounds. Stepwise is an integral part of Walking the Way – living the life of Jesus today, the United Reformed Church’s focus on whole-life […]
We deplore the violent and senseless terror attacks, which occurred at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who through this horrific event have lost loved ones, and also with those who are in injured. It is more important than ever that we, as […]
Plans for the next Festival on Saturday 12 October 2019 at Guildford Cathedral are well under way. The theme of the service is “Stewards of Creation”. Further details available here
Lego Mania! In line with the assembly theme for 2019 of ‘One Body, many parts’ we are running a Lego Mania children’s day. On Saturday 8 June 2019 Fleet URC, 25 King’s Road, Fleet, GU31 3AF. 10am – 4.30pm. A day for 7 – 13 year olds. Cost: £5 per person. Bookings close on […]
Is it I Lord? Ministry Enquirers’ Day Saturday 6 April 2019 10am – 4pm Luther King House, Manchester Further details
Welcome to the March 2019 update from your support team in Children’s and Youth Work at Church House.
Synod meets on Saturday 16th March at London Street URC, Basingstoke 10 for 10:30 start – finishing by 16:30 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 and local car parks can […]
Available here: 2019 02 Mission Committee Feedback to synods
Two exciting Quiet Days organised by the Silence & Retreats group for all in Wessex Synod. Booking is essential and places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. Email or phone 023 8067 4513. Thursday 30 May 2019 A Quiet Day of gentle walking and spiritual reflection in the New Forest led […]
Details available on the flyer below: Le Weekend Flyer and booking form 2019
An introduction to using Appreciative Inquiry in rural church and community settings Monday 11th & Tuesday 12th March 2019 Rural Innovation Centre, Avenue H, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG Full details available here
2nd February 2019 This weekend’s Church and Society Group meeting was unanimous in its concern over the extent and extremity of division in our country at the moment. Whatever does or doesn’t happen on March 29th, a very large proportion of the population is going to be somewhere between very disappointed and angry and there […]
This year’s reading party is at Bishop Woodford House in the delightful old Cathedral town of Ely, 15 miles from Cambridge and close to the Fens. As always, the programme gives time to enjoy as well as to relax. The conference is from Monday September 9th-Thursday 12th and costs £255 ensuite. There are a small […]
6.30pm for a 7pm start – finished by 9.15pm at the latest Come and meet the new Synod Safeguarding Officer, Sharon Barr who will be leading a session on Safeaguarding. The Synod CYDO’s will lead an interactive workshop exploring what each local church is hoping to develop with children, young people and all […]
At: Winchester Baptist Church, Winchester, Hampshire Perhaps now more than ever before, our country needs the church at its best. Unfortunately, sometimes churches are not serving as effectively as they could. A church split, a failed leader, changing economics, stretched resources or an ageing congregation; there are many reasons for rural churches to be struggling […]
Safeguarding Training Saturday 9 March 2019 Woking URC White Rose Lane, GU22 7HA 10am – 4pm Please bring your own lunch. Tea/coffee will be provided. A full day’s training for people working with children, young people and/or adults at risk. Also important for Ministers and Elders. To book a place, please email.
Development and Support Calendar of Events 2019 Bridge Builders Course – further information and dates on the poster. Saturday 23 February 2019 – Lay Presidency at the Sacraments Saturday 23 March 2019 – Lay Preachers’ Gathering Saturday 13 April 2019 – Elders’ Conference Saturday 19 October 2019 – Church Secretaries’ Day Saturday 16 […]
Welcome to the January 2019 update from your support team in Children’s and Youth Work at Church House.
St John’s URC Orpington is looking forward to welcoming a Youth Pastor to work with our established Youth and Children’s Work team to encourage, enthuse and develop our youth and children in their faith. We are a caring community of God’s people where each person is encouraged to grow in faith and to share with […]
An opportunity has arisen for an assistant to support the national Children’s and Youth Work Office at the United Reformed Church, London. Part-time: 21 hours per week.Salary: £14,845Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Monday 7 January 2019 Further details.
Our Synod Clerk, Sue Brown has produced a single page synopsis of the meeting of Mission Council held on 16-18 November 2018
“Will you be a Peacemaker?” Christian Aid’s service resources for Advent and Christmas are inspired by the relentless work of Bishop Paride Taban from South Sudan. In his eighties now, he starts every day by praying 28 words for peace. They also tell the story of Diana, a psychologist in Lebanon who works with refugee […]
The latest news is now available from HOPE by clicking here The latest edition of Christmas HOPE is now available to purchase here
A resource for an advent service written by Christians in southern Germany for ecumenical services. Download here
JOB TITLE: Programme Executive for Ecumenical Relations DUTY STATION: Geneva STARTING DATE: 1 March 2019 CONTRACT DURATION: 4 years Further details here
Here is the latest news update from the Children’s and Youth Work Team at Church House. They hope it will give you a warm glow as you read about the work that has been going on among children and young people in the past two months and the exciting prospects for the months ahead. Please […]
Bridge Builders Course Changing how we handle conflict, useful for Lay People and Ministers. At Fleet URC, 10.30am – 2.30pm Participants should plan to attend all sessions. Saturday 2 March 2019 SESSION 1: LET’S TALK ABOUT CONFLICT. Getting started on the journey together, and talking about conflict. SESSION 2: OUR THEOLOGY AND ATTITUDES. How the […]
At the October 2018 meeting of Synod Collinwood Road gave their good news story presentation, a hard copy of which can be found here
ROOTS are looking for a new Editor to commission and shape the ROOTS resources for children and young people. The job is home-based, and will involve research and development of the resources as well as day-to-day editorial work. Closing Date: 5pm, Friday 2nd November More details available here
Looking to be challenged and inspired this autumn? Well, now you can be – for a mere £7! God is with us: fresh responses to the good news is an edited collection of fifty of Reform’s ‘Chapter and verse’ is the latest book to be published by the URC and a valuable addition to any […]
Mental Health First Aider training for people working with adults. On 30th and 31st January 2019. 9am – 5pm. Participants must attend both days to complete the course and gain a certificate. At United Church Winchester, Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8RZ. A4 Poster with further details. Details of Introductory Mental Health First Aid courses […]
Wessex Synod Children’s Event – ‘24 Hour Adventure’ Saturday 1st – Sunday 2nd December 2018 Christ Church Centre URC, Henley-upon-Thames, RG9 1AG 24 hours of fun for children aged 7 – 13 years Come together, make new friends and have a great time. We will explore advent, looking at Hope, Faith, Joy, Peace, and Fulfilment […]
TrinityLearning at Trinity Church, Abingdon are seeking an Education Development Officer
Invitation to Faith and Climate Justice Gathering – 19th October 2018 – Winchester
Revd Michael Whitfield, a retired minister in the Wessex Synod, has produced a study based on the Rejoice & Sing version of the carol ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’. He would like to make the pack available to anyone who would find it a useful resource. The pack consists of: Weekly leaders notes A booklet […]
A unique resource available as a downloadable pdf. For over 60 years the URC has had a Covenant of Pulpit and Table Fellowship with the Protestant Churches in the Palatinate region of Germany, the ‘Evangelische Kirche der Pfalz’. Drawing on this partnership for the 100 years commemoration of the 1918 Armistice, the URC have been […]
The latest edition of News Update from The United Reformed Church is available below:
The opportunity for ministers of other churches to seek a Certificate of Eligibility and come on to the roll of United Reformed Churches is currently open. Applications are welcome from ministers who are members of churches that are either a member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, the Council for World Mission or the […]
We are looking for people who can catch a vision of the church of the future and help facilitate those who are going to be part of leading us forward towards that vision. We are not looking for teachers, but people who can facilitate others’ learning. If this sounds like you, please get in touch. […]
*** Please allow extra time for your journey to Elvetham Heath as there are several sets of roadworks in the local area, and also the supermarket car park has some spaces cordoned off. *** Synod meets on Saturday 13th October at The Church on the Heath, Elvetham Heath The Synod Papers are available to download […]
The deadline for applications has been extended until 1st October 2018! It’s not too late to apply if you are interested. CWM Europe Region Youth Programme for 2018. For those age 18 – 25 years. Publicity Flier. Further information and application forms. ‘Beyond myself in exploring mental health …’, 12 – 14 October 2018 and […]
The Moderator’s Christmas Challenge has been a great success, so we are sending out the challenge again to find the design for Clare’s 2019 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 […]
For information and booking download the form: FTB conference Nov 2018 booking form – Radical Faith
The Record of General Assembly is available to view online here
Mental Health First Aid training courses at Woking URC White Rose Lane Woking GU22 7HA. Further information on MHFA – Introductory course with a Youth focus here. MHFA – General Introductory course here. Mental Health First Aider qualification, two-day certificated course. Places are limited, priority will be given to paid children’s, youth and family […]
Permanent Contract: 18 hrs per week Salary: £34-35k (pro rata £17-17.5k) We have an opportunity for a highly motivated and dedicated professional who possesses a strong conviction regarding the need to safeguard the vulnerable. In this role you will develop and implement operational procedures and provide advice in matters relating to safeguarding for […]
Sing and Make Music from your Heart to The Lord – Ephesians 5:19 Poster 23 – 25 November 2018 A weekend of music making and exploring using music in and as worship. For musicians of URC Youth aged 14 – 25 years. Held at: Whitemoor Lakes, Barley Green Lane, Lichfield , Staffordshire, WS13 8QT Cost: […]
Recently Buckingham Palace recognised the significance of a National Day of Prayer, called by King George V one hundred years ago on 4 August 1918. The aim was to bring the nation together in prayers for peace. One hundred days later, the Great War ended. The United Reformed Church has been working with the organisation HOPE […]
“Sing a New Song to the Lord” Saturday 6th October at St Columba’s United Reformed Church, 32 Priory Street, York YO1 6EX £10 per member of URC Music and £12.50 for non-members Participants should bring their own lunch. Programme here Booking form here
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 […]
Saturday 29th September 2018 – 9:30-4:00 Seaford Baptist Church cost (including a buffet lunch) £45 Full details here
Youth Assembly 18 – 20 January 2019 One Body: we’re all in this together At Whitemoor Lakes, Alrewas, Staffordshire. A weekend to focus on Jesus, to share in community with other young people, and to explore what it means to be church together. Further information. Age: Year 10 to 25 years (inclusive) Bookings: Please book […]
Our world has radically changed; we live in a time where there is a multiplicity of choices, a time when the moral codes and ethics are less than clear. It is a time of hurry and rush; a time when we seemingly know our neighbours less well, and yet conversely, we are more globally aware […]
Do you feel God is calling you to serve in some way but you’re not sure what or where or how? Worship Leaders, Youth Work, Church Related Community Work Ministry, Eldership, Minister of Word and Sacrament – stipendiary and non-stipendiary. The Synod Vocations day will provide a day of exploration of several vocations, hearing from […]
Read the round-ups from General Assembly 2018
When: Saturday 13th October 2018 9.30am-4pm Where: The Welcome Centre, 47 Parkside, Coventry, CV1 2HG Keynote Speakers: The Rt Revd Dr David Walker and Revd Claire Maxim, CEO, Germinate Leaflet available here
All are welcome to attend the Synod Quiet Day on Wednesday 26 September 2018 The Centre for Reflection, Aston Tirrold URC, Didcot, OX11 9EJ 10.30am – 4pm. Cost: £10 per person (includes simple bread and soup lunch). Theme: Later Life in all its Fullness led by Andrew Williams Further information Booking Form. Closing date for […]
Church House in London have the following vacancies: Head of Communications (Communications) advert here Programme Officer (Global Justice and Partnerships (Mission)) advert here Personal Assistant (Retired Ministers Housing Society) advert here Housing Services Officer (Retired Ministers Housing Society) advert here Programme Support Officer (Church and Society) advert here
A poster is available here for you to print and put on your noticeboard, or into your church magazine.
Worship resources are available now which can be used to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the initial arrival of the SS Empire Windrush and is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of the pioneering Windrush generation. Download pdf here ‘Longing to Belong’ short film is available here: https://youtu.be/B6ZO5UOSJN4 In honour of 70 years of the arrival […]
Church House have the following vacancy: Programme Support Officer details available here
The One Programme is hiring! Families’ Project Assistant, North Camp Methodist Church Farnborough Closing date for applications: 12 noon 4 July 2018 Further information.
What are your gifts? How do you share them? Sometimes we think our gifts are too humdrum to be much use to other people, but this is just not true. Look again at these well-known verses from 1 Corinthians 12 in “The Message” version: “You are Christ’s body—that’s who you are! You must never […]
Unfortunately this event has been cancelled due to low numbers. Sorry to disappoint those who were planning to attend. Saturday 23 June 2018 at Grange URC in Reading
A sheet with links to various resources from the Ministers’ Gathering is avaialable below:
Available to download now:
Dinner on Friday 6 to lunch on Sunday 8 July 2018 inclusive. University of Nottingham campus, NG7 2RJ. Open to all 11 – 18 year olds associated in any way with the URC. A fantastic weekend full of fun activities where young people will be exploring how to be ‘activists’ in their church, […]
Wessex Synod Summer Camp Ferny Crofts Activity Centre in the New Forest 13 – 15 July 2018 for young people 11 – 17 years A fantastic youth camp giving space to learn more about the Christian faith, who Jesus is, and explore how this impacts us and where we fit in … Further information […]
Church House have the following vacancies: Stepwise Programme Manager advert available here Stepwise Programme Assistant advert available here
Advert available here
Worship resource materials have been made available for local use.
From Churches Together in England: As you will know, we are holding a national event to mark the 70th anniversary of the landing of the Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks on 22 June 1948 carrying over 500 passengers, and which is recognised as the start of the Windrush era. ‘Spirit of Windrush: contributions to Multicultural Britain […]
Topic: Find out what happened at General Assembly 6.30pm for a 7pm start – finished by 9.15pm at the latest Area Date Venue North East Wednesday 12th Westborough South West Thursday 13th Parkstone South East Tuesday 18th Totton North West Wednesday 19th Christ Church Woodley
Opportunities for those age 18+ years. Wessex Synod Exciting changes happening to Wessex Summer Camp. The camp planning group have taken the decision to run summer camp for 11 to 17 year olds: this provides an opportunity for 18+ to be full leaders at the event: you will be part of the running […]
Revd Graham Hoslett has produced a single page synopsis of the meeting of Mission Council held on 19-21 March 2018
Available to download is the presentation shown at the March Synod meeting. Visit the URC website for further guidance
Through key note speakers, case studies and workshops, the 2018 Germinate Conference will explore what it means for rural Christians to do more than belong to their churches and communities. Both inspiring and practical, the day will bring together individuals, churches, agencies and networks involved in rural mission and ministry. Saturday 13 October 2018 9.30am-4pm The […]
Wait Here! Preparing for Pentecost Wessex Synod Quiet Day for all on Saturday 19 May 2018 at Wisdom House in Romsey led by Clare Downing Cost £15 which includes lunch (soup, cheese and dessert) Programme. Closing date for bookings is Thursday 19 April 2018. To book your place, please email. Do not send payment now, […]
Announcing a new date for Safeguarding Training. This is a full day’s training for all individuals working with children, young people and adults at risk. Also important for Ministers and Elders of the Church. Saturday 10 November 2018 at Broadstone URC. Further details. Reminder of other safeguarding training dates you might be interested in Saturday […]
A Youth Day hosted by the Synod youth Executive Saturday 19 May 2018. 10am – 5pm. At Runways End Activity Centre, Farnborough. The Wessex Synod Youth Executive are inviting young people aged 14-25 to join them at their next weekend. Further information. Book by 4 May 2018, please email.
Find out more about Stepwise, the United Reformed Church’s intergenerational discipleship programme. Visit their page here
Permanent Contract: 18 hrs per week Salary: £34-35k (pro rata £17-17.5k) We have an opportunity for a highly motivated and dedicated professional who possesses a strong conviction regarding the need to safeguard the vulnerable. In this role you will develop and implement operational procedures and provide advice in matters relating to safeguarding for […]
‘A day at the beach’ – an event for children aged 7 – 13 years. Unfortunately this event has had to be cancelled. A new date will be publicised in due course.
Mental Health Awareness Day: Reducing Stigma, Resourcing the Church Saturday 28 April 2018 Woking URC, White Rose Lane, Woking, GU22 7HA Please sign up in advance to attend and mark your workshop choices on the booking form. Thank you. Programme and Booking Form A4 Poster pdf Poster as a jpeg image
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: Avenue St Andrew’s URC, Southampton Parking in Cemetary Road is free on a Saturday. Postcode SO15 7NN Directions to the Church. Getting to […]
The Elders’ Development session – Pastoral Care and Mission – due to take place on Saturday 3 March 2018 at St Andrew’s URC, Reading has been cancelled due to the adverse weather. Apologies for any disappointment. The next date for Elders’ Development is Saturday 14 April 2018. Pop this into your diary. The cancelled […]
Here are downloadable resources which can be used for publicity within your local church. For each event there is an A4 poster in pdf format which can be printed off and put on a noticeboard and a jpeg/photo image which can be inserted into a MS Word document. Please adjust the size of […]
HOPE news update
Details available on the flyer below: Le Weekend Flyer Walking the Way 2018
Saturday 21 April 2018 at Fareham URC. 10am – 2.30pm. Led by Mary Thomas, Ray Stanyon and Linda Rayner Reflecting on the context of your local church and imagining new ways to ‘do’ church to build bridges between the wider community and our faith community, more effectively. To book your place, please email.
February 2018 Area Date Venue South West Tuesday 13th Fordingbridge North West Thursday 15th Oxford: Collinwood Road North East Tuesday 20th Woking South East Thursday 22nd Fareham URC September 2018 Area Date Venue North East Wednesday 12th South West Thursday 13th Parkstone South East Tuesday 18th North West Wednesday 19th
Is it I, Lord? Ministry Enquirers’ Day Saturday 24 March 2018 10am – 4pm Luther King House, Manchester Further details. Advance notice: the date for the Autumn event is Saturday 10 November 2018 at Westminster College.
The United Reformed Church Youth is inviting applications for the role of Equality and Diversity Representative. URC Youth is the umbrella organisation for all those aged 11-25 associated with a/the United Reformed Church. Submit a 1 page (maximum) pen portrait about yourself, your reasons for running for the role and why you feel you are […]
The Synod Quiet Day is open to all members and Ministers. Saturday 19 May 2018 Wisdom House, Romsey, SO51 8EL. 10am arrivals and coffee – 3.45pm tea and departures Cost: £15 per person including a soup, cheese and dessert lunch, morning and afternoon tea/coffee. “Wait Here! Preparing for Pentecost” led by Clare Downing During the […]
Announcing two new dates for Safeguarding training. Saturday 26 May 2018 at Andover URC. Further details. Saturday 9 June 2018 at Windsor URC. Further details. A full day’s training for all individuals working with children, young people and adults at risk. Also important for Ministers and Elders of the Church. To book your place, […]
A message from Michael Jagessar URC Global & Intercultural Ministries (Mission) Given our ‘multi-cultural church, intercultural habit’ commitment, the United Reformed Church has an opportunity this year to celebrate the arrival of a generation who inspired a cultural change that has enriched our nation. In June 2018 it will be the 70th anniversary […]
Resources for Racial Justice Sunday available here
The South East 95 Tour is for church leaders, youth and children’s leaders and anyone passionate about taking the Good News of Jesus to those children and young people who have no regular contact with church. Just a quick reminder that the 95 Tour kicks off next week! You can book in here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/scripture-union-15929449026 […]
The URC is invited to send 2 youth representatives (aged 15 – 18 years) to the Quaker Youth Event called Junior Yearly Meeting (JYM) which meets over a Bank Holiday weekend. From the evening of Friday 4 May – late afternoon of Monday 7 May 2018 at Lee Valley Youth Hostel. Further information about JYM. […]
Crossfire Youth Camp is an exciting event for young people in the URC aged 12+. Read more.
Wessex Summer Camp 2018 13-15 July 2018 at Ferny Crofts Activity Centre in The New Forest for ages 11+ The theme this year is Re:connect A fantastic youth camp giving space to learn more about the Christian faith, who Jesus is, and explore how this impacts us and where we fit in … Publicity Flier
New Children’s Days for 2018 A Day at the Beach – Saturday 2 June 2018 – at Avenue St Andrew’s URC, Southampton A day of Beach themed fun for all children aged 7 – 13 years. Advent – Saturday 1st December 2018 – at Christ Church, Henley-on-Thames A day of Advent and […]
The URC are looking to appoint a full time Lay Development Coordinator. If you are intersted, take a look at the advert here
The URC are looking for a home based Pilots Coordinator. View the job advert here
TRANSFORMING FAITH, TRANSFORMING LIFE A thanksgiving service for Training for Learning and Serving (TLS) at The Church at Carrs Lane, Birmingham (Directions can be found at http://carrslane.co.uk/) 23rd June 2018 Worship will begin at 11.30 a.m. Preacher: Revd John Proctor, United Reformed Church General Secretary Drinks will be available from […]
The Moderator’s Christmas Challenge has been a great success for the past 3 years, so we are sending out the challenge again to find the design for Clare’s 2018 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 […]
FEEL UGANDA VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE “A dream experience away from home” Find Out, Explore together, Encourage one another, Live the dream: FEEL Uganda. The FEEL Uganda Volunteer Scheme is a unique opportunity to experience a different culture. This is a travel experience without simply becoming a spectator. You will have the chance to get involved across […]
Global and Intercultural Ministries Newsletter – December 2017/January 2018
Advent Devotions 2017 Star of wonder, Star of night; Star with Royal Beauty bright. written by Revd Ruth Dillon Daily Devotions. This will print as a booklet (select your print settings – landscape, double-sided, flip on short edge). Advent Liturgy.
Paddington’s Pilrimage – The Route Find out when Paddington will be coming to your church. Paddington’s route – North Any problems or questions about the route in the North, please contact Phil Ray. Email Phil. Paddington’s route – South Any problems or questions about the route in the South, please contact Ruth White. […]
Social isolation is a major and increasing problem in the vast majority of the communities surrounding our church buildings. As well as seeking to host or run events in our buildings many are also seeking help for reaching out to the housebound around us. LINKING LIVES is a Christian Charity offering training and support for […]
Revd Graham Hoslett has produced a single page synopsis of the meeting of Mission Council held on 7-9 November 2017.
We are pleased to bring you information about Development and Support Events in 2018 Calendar of Development and Support Events 2018 A4 Posters to view/download for the following; Lay Presidency at the Sacraments Elders’ Development sessions Mission Shaped Church Mental Health Awareness Day: reducing stigma, resourcing the church Day for Church Secretaries Facilitating Small […]
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) The following document is referred to in the Synod Papers and we urge you to read them before the meeting. How to find the church: High Cross Church, […]
Training for DBS verifiers On Saturday 10 March 2018, 10am – 12 noon. at London Street URC, Basingstoke, RG21 7NU. Trainer: from Due Diligence Checking Ltd Training will cover; introducing the DBS Verifier’s role description, explaining the online procedures, record-keeping for DBS verifiers and trouble-shooting problems you have encountered. A4 poster to download. To book […]
Synod Together for all ages. On Saturday 18 November 2017 At High Cross Church, Knoll Road, Camberley, Gu15 3SY. 10am – 4pm ‘Discipleship – Walking the way of Jesus’. Previously known as Chidlren’s Day we hope the new format of Synod Together will enable us to be together more as a church of all ages […]
A leaflet has been produced by the Inter Faith Network. Even though you are not in London, much of the information is still relevant. Take a look
A guide has been produced by Livability.org.uk and can be downloaded from their website here
Could you write a prayer? What about someone else in your church – or maybe your children and young people. Submissions for the 2019 Prayer Handbook are being sought – see the Prayer Handbook web page for details.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a gifted and experienced individual, who is passionate about sharing the gospel and making Jesus known to youth and families, to join our team in the ELM pastorate, providing Christian support and guidance to children, young people and their families. The ELM pastorate is a group of three United […]
For employed workers, those in supervisory roles or those who require a full first aid certificate for church work. Compliant with Sure Start and Early Years requirements. This is a two day certificated course: participants must attend both days to complete the course and obtain a certificate. Saturday 20 January 2018 and Saturday 27 January […]
CTMR Presidents reflecting on ‘Luther 500’ now available
Is it I, Lord? Ministry Enquirers’ Day Saturday 4 November 2017 10am-4pm Westminster College, Cambridge Poster with more details available here: Vocations Day November 2017
Christmas HOPE is a 28-page glossy give-away magazine. It was piloted at Christmas 2016 when 100,000 copies were given away by churches to people in their communities. A new Christmas HOPE magazine will be available in the autumn with lots of new stories and features for 2017. The 2016 Christmas HOPE magazine included topical features […]
Annual Conference & AGM 2017 13 – 14 October in York
WCRC internship programme accepting applications The World Communion of Reformed Churches is pleased to announce that it has an internship opportunity for a highly qualified young person who is interested in gaining valuable experience working with an international ecumenical organization. The internship will be for 12 months in the WCRC offices in Hannover, Germany, beginning […]
Training in Mission 2018 – a Council for World Mission Youth Programme opportunity for young adults age 18 – 30 years: Training in Mission placement for 7 months, 1 May – 30 November 2018. Further information in the Programme Brief. Application Form. Applications for this must go through the URC’s own application process before proceeding, […]
Do you know of a young person who might be interested in joining the Synod Youth Executive? This is a great opportunity for 10 young people aged 14 – 25 years to become more involved and to make a difference across the Wessex Synod and in the wider URC. Closing date for applicant statements is […]
The Church and Society Group are encouraging churches to respond to particular issues raised by the Repeal Bill. See here
Basingstoke and Reading Methodist Circuit are seeking to appoint an Outreach Worker with a focus on children, young people and families Outreach Worker Job Advert Outreach Worker Job Description Outreach Worker Person Specification Outreach Worker Application Form Basingstoke Churches background information
Mental Health Awareness Days: Reducing Stigma, Resourcing the Church. On Saturday 7 October 2017 at the Beacon Church, Canford Heath, Poole, BH17 8UE. 10am – 4pm. On Saturday 14 October 2017 at Woking URC. Unfortunately the Awareness Day in the north part of the synod has had to be postponed but a new date in […]
In 2013 The Synod produced a 5 year Synod Strategy, so next year it will need updating. At the September Area Gatherings we will be asking what YOU think Synod priorities should be. Area Gatherings are not just for Ministers and Secretaries but for all members who are interested in being part of the wider […]
Half a century has passed since the six-day war when Israel occupied East Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights. Despite stalled peace processes and the sufferings entailed by the occupation, people still hope for a better future. Meet 12 people with different backgrounds sharing their hopes for justice and peace […]
Head of Communications job advert
If you are a youth worker with the passion, heart, vision and experience to combine working in both a church and community-based environment, then apply for this post!! We are a lively, family focused church who loves Jesus, and are increasingly evangelical and open to the Holy Spirit. We want to go deeper as disciples […]
Safeguarding Officer job advert
A Discipling Presence flyer Promotional clip of a new resource for rural churches which has been produced jointly by the URC and the Methodist Church.
A free public lecture exploring issues around women’s ordination, gender justice and empowerment Date: 16 September 2017 Location: Dr Williams’s Library, 14 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1H 0AR Time: 1pm Speakers: Athena Peralta (World Council of Churches) Patricia Sheerattan-Bisnauth (Guyana Presbyterian Church) Kirsty Thorpe (United Reformed Church) The event is being organised by […]
We are pleased to share the new Eco Congregation Scotland worship resources for Creation Time. The 2017 theme is “Journeying with God”. Linking to the UN international year of sustainable tourism for development, it explores God’s invitation to join the journey of faith leading us to care for all creation. These are rich resources for […]
Revd Michael Hopkins has arranged a trip to Oberammergau Passion Play and tour of the Austrian Tyrol on 17-23 May 2020. If you are interested, please download the brochure and booking form below. Information can also be found by clicking here
We have received various questions regarding the hiring documents we sent out recently so have produced a document with the most frequently asked questions, which can be downloaded here. This will be updated from time to time with new questions we are asked.
A full day’s training for all individuals working with children, young people and adults at risk. Also important for Ministers and Elders of the Church. Booking is essential. To book a place on one of these courses, please email. New date – Saturday 10 February 2018 at Gosport URC. 10am – 4pm. Saturday 2 […]
General Assembly Youth Intern Opportunity Are you aged between 18-26 years old? Are you looking for an internship or looking to further your work experience? The United Reformed Church is looking for two Youth Interns to make a real impact on its most significant council meeting by assisting and supporting the General Assembly Arrangements Committee […]
Details of the thanksgiving service for the life of the Windermere Centre, and a prayer of thanksgiving for the life of the Centre, have now been released:The thanksgiving service will be held on Saturday 15 July 2017 at 3pm Carver Uniting Church, in Windermere; the Revd Tony Burnham will preach. We are encouraging Individuals and churches to […]
Synod Retreat Weekend, 27 – 29 October 2017 at Old Alresford Pace, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9DH. Fully booked. 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 […]
Full-time Youth Worker at Cornerstone Hythe URC. Closing date for applications is 7 July 2017. Application Pack.
Job advert here
Riding Lights Theatre Company are on tour this Autumn with: “Gospel Street” This may be something your church might be interested in as an outreach event for their congregations and communities. The tour marks the beginning of our 40th year with a radical re-telling of the good news. Gospel Street asks what would the stories […]
A vacancy has arisen at Church House for the post of Communications Officer within the Communications team. Job advert available here
Free Church Group Workshop on End of Life Care 17th July 2017 11am – 3.30pm Free Churches House, 27 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HH Come and join the conversation about Palliative Care and Dying matters, and see how to strengthen and develop this important ministry in your church and local community. The day will […]
A vacancy for the post of Printer and Print Estimator within the Communications team at Church House has become vacant. Job advert available here
On 16th July 2017, the Council for World Mission celebrates its 40th anniversary. Worship material to mark this occasion is available here
The job advert for the post of Head of Children’s and Youth Work is now live on the URC website. Download here as a pdf
Wednesday 21 June 2017. 10am – 4.30pm. Walking in the New Forest with our Spiritual eyes open. This is now full – no further bookings please. This day is open to ministers and lay people. Booking is essential. To book your place, please email. Cost: £12 per person A4 Poster. Further information.
Revd Graham Hoslett has produced a single page synopsis of the meeting of Mission Council held on 12-14 May 2017.
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. […]
NW Synod Mission & Discipleship mentor
Retired Ministers Housing seek a new General Manager. Please see the advert below for further details: RMH General Manager advert
The Council for World Mission is advertising for a Programme Associate (Europe). Further details. Closing date for applications is 5 June 2017.
Salary: £34,025 – £39,813 (pro rata) Actual salary £17,012 – 19,906. Starting point dependent on experience. Hours of work: 2.5 days per week (18.5hrs) The United Reformed Church in Mersey and North Western Synods are seeking to appoint an experienced Safeguarding Adviser. The post is a newly created post covering the North West to […]
Coming soon to a polling station near you… You might have noticed that there’s going to be a general election. With just six weeks to go, we are working to produce a range of resources to help you in your reflection, discussion and decision making around the election. Ultimately we want all our Church […]
Letter from John Proctor
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 […]
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 Sacraments.
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 […]
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 protected] 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 […]
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 […]
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 [email protected] 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 […]
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. […]
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 [email protected]
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 […]
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 protected] 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: [email protected] 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