We would love everyone in the URC to hear about all that is going on among children and young people: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAOwv-oOzZM Please feel free to share the link as widely as possible!
The Assembly Review Group met on Wednesday 22nd July by video-conferencing and carefully considered review documents from Wessex Synod, a reflection by their Synod Moderator, the Revd Clare Downing, and references sought from people in the wider church who have worked with Clare during her current term. The Synod documents comprised a description of the […]
The July/August edition of NewsUpdate is now available at the following link: View the July/August News Update here
Read the round-up of July’s virtual Mission Council by visiting the URC webpage link below: Mission Council roundup
The United Reformed Church’s (URC) interfaith relations team has organised two General Assembly-linked webinars focusing on Israel and Occupied Palestine Territories. At the first, to be held on 14 July from 7-8.15pm, a panel will share their experiences of an URC educational visit to the region in 2019 via Zoom. Introduced by Derek Estill, former […]
This page deals mainly with the practicalities we are faced with during the pandemic. For more pastoral support and ideas for worship, please see the post entitled Worship/Prayer Resources for during Covid-19 The URC is regularly updating advice to churches about Covid-19 (coronavirus). Please keep an eye on the advice by following this link: […]
Letter from Clare Downing re being church Telephone pastoral care guidance Wessex Synod March 2020 Wessex Synod have produced some basic guidelines on using video conferencing which we hope will be of help to you. Download them here: Video conference Guidelines URC Daily Devotions The Church of England has set up […]
The latest JPIT newsletter is available by following this link: JPIT June edition
We are a virtual Green Living Group ‘meeting’ in Southampton to explore ways we can reduce our carbon footprint at an individual and household level. Most of us are members of Avenue St Andrew’s URC. We are using the Dorset Green Living Guide (greenliving.sustainabledorset.org) looking at food, energy, transport, waste, water and community. We are […]
Guildford URC is unusual in having a resident Caretaker, Andrew Lee. Although COVID-19 forced cancellation of the many regular activities by the church and local community groups Andrew has kept the building active including recording components of Sunday services for our website http://www.guildfordurc.org.uk/category/virtual-service/ and supervising our collection for Guildford’s Salvation Army Food Bank. When the […]
The current Coronavirus pandemic has awakened us to the frailty of our accepted social and economic norms. Prior to it, though, the accelerating global warming crisis should have alerted us to the danger of continuing in the way to which we have become accustomed in ‘developed’ countries, especially over the last 40 years. Our Wessex […]
Below are 2 Prayers – 1 for Zambia – 1 for during this season of pandemic To help our congregations lift up global concerns during this pandemic season Provided by the World Church Group Prayers for Zambia by Nigel Appleton Gracious God, We give thanks for the resilience and faith of our sisters and […]
Why should they experience brutality in the hands of the police? Why should they experience injustice from the justice system? Why experience inequality and racism in the classroom and in all work settings? Why are they affected the most in the face of Covid-19 pandemic? Is it by choice to be born black? Yes, there […]
Government announcements over the weekend referred to the opening of places of worship starting from 15th June. Whilst it was clear from the statement that this was about private prayer rather than public worship, some media headlines did not reflect the limits of the provisions, and this has led to some confusion. In response to […]
For many years, Revd. Duncan Wilson (now a retired minister in Banbury) has been using the lectionary’s choice of Psalms each week as a call or introduction to worship. He has paraphrased each psalm as a responsive call to worship and is now offering them as a resource for churches and worship leaders to use […]
GEAR (the Group for Evangelism and Renewal within the United Reformed Church) are planning a weekly gathering for prayer on Thursday evenings at 8.15pm. A group will be meeting via Zoom, and will then stream the meeting live, so that anyone can join in. You are invited to join in via this link: www.gear.org.uk/Pray4URC
The Pentecost service is now available to view on YouTube at the following link: https://youtu.be/zYvzTQMzTfA
This post is 18 hours per week Salary: £13,800 (equivalent to 50% of ministerial stipend) Applications from elders, members, retired ministers and non-stipendiary ministers are all welcome. The role of Synod Clerk in the Wessex Synod has six principal elements: To support the life and work of the Synod. To work with the Synod Moderator, […]
NEW – Safeguarding Training Online. This is for all those working with children, young people and adults at risk. The training will be delivered via the Zoom online platform, across three sessions. Participants must attend all 3 sessions to complete the training and gain a certificate. Wednesdays in July, 4pm – 5.30pm Part 1: on […]
Families on Faith Adventures @ Home! This week’s new resource Week Ten – Chosen – Part 1 Families on Faith Adventures @ Home! is designed to give families a number of activities to choose from as they explore a Bible story. It includes prayer ideas, crafts and games, sensory activities and challenges, all adapted […]
The United Reformed Church (URC) has announced the cancellation of its 2020 General Assembly, the first time the meeting has been cancelled since the URC was founded in 1972. Inductions and some business of the General Assembly will, however, be carried out online. The ongoing threat of coronavirus and the health and safety of General […]
Unfortunately it will not be possible to run the Summer Camps in July, so the decision has been made to postpone the camps until next year. Sorry to disappoint the young people who had signed up to attend!
Trialogue – a new weekly panel discussion for young people! 3 Panellists, 3 Questions, 3 Values URC Youth are very excited to launch a new weekly online live YouTube broadcast called ‘Trialogue’. Aimed at 16 to 25 year olds, each session will explore a theme alongside a Bible passage, providing a spring board […]
Welcome to the latest resources from your support team in Children’s and Youth work at Church House! May 2020 newsletter Special supplement 4 – designed to help you access resources suitable for using with the 11 – 18 age range.
The May edition of NewsUpdate is now available at the following link: View the May News Update here
Supporting Christian Aid during Lockdown United Reformed Church Online Consultation with John Plant I would like to invite you to join with me on ZOOM on Thursday 7th May at 14h00. I will host an online consultation with Christian Aid’s John Plant. Please note there are limited spaces available. Invitation to ZOOM consultation: JOIN US […]
The April edition of NewsUpdate is now available at the following link: View the April News Update here
Revd Phil Nevard, Minister in South Western Synod has produced this useful document: Holy Week prayer stations
Families on Faith Adventures @ Home! Week One – A Supper to Remember This is an exciting new resource for families to enjoy sharing a time of faith and fellowship together through stores, games, activities and prayers. It is designed as a ‘pick and mix’ of ways to experience God’s message through the […]
From the Children’s and Youth Team at Church House. Bi-monthly Update Extra – Training and Conference Digest April 2020 Bi-monthly newsletter – Special Supplement 1 Bi-monthly newsletter – Special Supplement 2
There is a section of resources about Covid 19 under the title Together apart https://arthurrankcentre.org.uk/together-apart/ There are some Holy Week resources https://arthurrankcentre.org.uk/together-apart/together-apart-worship-resources/ In partnership with our national church colleagues and fellow rural mission and ministry organisations we are producing a weekly email of resources and ideas https://arthurrankcentre.org.uk/together-apart/together-apart-weekly-reflections/ you can sign up here for the newsletter. […]
Sharing Communion Over the Easter period, communion is usually celebrated in our churches. The Faith and Order Committee of the URC has prepared a paper which gives guidance on the potential for sharing communion as a part of ‘virtual’ services during this period when we cannot meet together. You can find it at: Virtual Communion (please […]
Youth Weekend, 14-15 November 2020 Arrivals 10am on Saturday 14 November Departures after lunch on Sunday 15 November 2020 Following on from their recent open meetings the Synod Youth Executive would love to invite any 14 – 25 year olds to come and join them for the weekend. We will be meeting in the […]
Prayer Net March 2020
We are still hoping that it will be possible to go ahead in July. 17 – 19 July 2020 Oakwood Activity Centre, check it out at http://oakwoodyouth.co.uk/ Children’s camp for 8 to 11 year olds Youth camp for 11 to 17 year olds We are offering the publicity and giving you the option of […]
Presidents of Churches Together in England have issued a call to prayer in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic. This is for all churches and people of prayer to join on Sunday 22nd March, Mothering Sunday. This Mothering Sunday, 22nd March, we are calling all churches to a National Day of Prayer […]
Church House have a comphrehensive list of churches offering live streamed services, sermons as podcasts, recorded services on YouTube, audio files of services and sermons and other resources has now been published. https://urc.org.uk/latest-news/3385-coronavirus-worshipping-digitally
The latest JPIT newsletter is available by following this link: JPIT February edition
The March edition of NewsUpdate is now available at the following link: View the March News Update here
Saturday 12 September 2020 in Reading. This will be an intergenerational day aimed at families of all ages (suitable for ages 5+) The URC’s theme this year is Common Ground. We will start and finish at a local URC church and will spend the day on a walking tour of 4 places of worship […]
Greenbelt Festival, 28 – 31 August 2020. A contemporary Christian Festival for young adults 18 – 25 years. Check it out here. The Synod Youth Executive are hosting the group which means that the cost of the tickets and one meal a day will be funded by Wessex Synod. Everyone makes their own way […]
Two URC youth events further afield Cancelled – Crossfire Camp, 22 – 25 May 2020. A Christian Camp for young people aged 12+ www.crossfire.org.uk The Big Speak Out. Places and travel are funded by Wessex Synod. From dinner on Friday 24 July to lunch on Sunday 26 July 2020 inclusive. At […]
Welcome to the March 2020 newsletter from your support team in Children’s and Youth work at Church House!
The URC has issued guidance to churches and it is available to read at the following link: https://urc.org.uk/latest-news/3365-urc-issues-coronavirus-advice-to-its-churches.html
This meeting has now been cancelled Letter from the Moderator and Synod Clerk regarding cancellation Synod meets on Saturday 14th March at United Church Winchester 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 […]
The February edition of NewsUpdate is now available at the following link: View the February News Update here
The latest JPIT newsletter is available by following this link: JPIT January edition
Wessex Summer Camps, 17 – 19 July 2020. We have a new venue, check it out at http://oakwoodyouth.co.uk/ Children’s camp for 8 to 11 year olds Youth camp for 11 to 17 year olds We are excited about this year’s camps, which look to be as adventurous as ever. Our theme will be ‘Just […]
Wessex Summer Camps 17 – 19 July 2020 at Oakwood Activity Centre, Waterloo Road, Wokingham, RG40 3DA Two fantastic camps on one site: RE:One for ages 8 – 11 years RE:Two for ages 11 – 17 years
Germinate – Arthur Rank Centre OUR HIGHLY-REGARDED RURAL MINISTRY COURSE IS BACK! Tuesday 11 – Thursday 13 February 2020 The Rural Ministry Course is designed for lay and ordained church leaders across the denominations entering a rural appointment for the first time, and those already in rural ministry who feel the need for a ‘refresher’. The three-day residential […]
Is it I Lord? Ministry Enquirers’ Day Saturday 22 February 2020 Luther King House, Manchester Further details
The Synod Clerk plays a vital role in the life of our Synod, working closely with the Moderator and the Synod Executive to hold together the varied strands of the Synod’s work. We are looking for someone to work alongside Sue Brown from next March, to take over fully as the new Synod Clerk from […]
The latest JPIT newsletter is available by following this link: https://jointpublicissues-news.org.uk/1MV9-6MJHI-DE97YVNL81/cr.aspx
The December/January edition of NewsUpdate is now available at the following link: https://urc-news.org.uk/2JB1-1IFQQ-5B2VWOLV35/cr.aspx
Stepwise Facilitators’ day Saturday 1st February 2020 Fleet URC, 25 Kings Road, Fleet GU51 3AF A day designed to inform, equip and enthuse potential facilitators for Stepwise. Facilitators are not tutors in the traditional sense but will have experience to share and skills in enabling and encouraging the group in their discipleship development. Further […]
Peter Stevenson will be coming to the end of his term of office as Synod Treasurer in March 2020, so the Synod is looking for a new Treasurer. We would be pleased to receive nominations and expressions of interest for this role. The job description can be found downloaded here: Synod Treasurer role description Peter […]
The November edition of NewsUpdate is now available at the following link: http://C:\Users\dwalker\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Outlook\BS0QSHC7\email.mht
The latest JPIT newsletter is available by following this link: https://jointpublicissues-news.org.uk/1MV9-6L9TN-DE97YVNL81/cr.aspx
Revd Graham Hoslett has produced a single page synopsis of the meeting of Mission Council held on 15-17 November 2019.
Welcome to the November 2019 update from your support team in Children’s & Youth work at Church House. Children’s & Youth newsletter, November 2019.
Saturday 28 March 2020 Fleet URC 10.30am – 3.30pm A day of exploration with guest speaker: Linda Rayner Being a mission-shaped church in 21st century Britain raises many important questions. This will be a dynamic day of conversation and interaction, of mutual support and valuable networking. Learning to listen to our communities in order […]
Join our Finance Team The Wessex Trust company has 2 openings for well-motivated, professionally-minded people who care about delivering great service. We have a vision for future finance which we believe is exciting and creative. These are part-time posts, fully remunerated, in an attractive office, and they carry some first-class benefits. Help us to evolve […]
Wonderful World, Wonderful You! Saturday 30 November 2019 Based at Intech Science Centre and Planetarium, Winchester. It’s only £5 and although it’s aimed at Primary aged children this event is open to EVERYONE. (Children remain the responsibility of the people they come with) 5.30pm – 10pm (Join us from 5:30pm and stay as long […]
Download the Minutes from the March meeting of Synod:
Faith Filled Life – the first of the Stepwise streams. A local group will be starting soon at Woking URC. The first session will be on Wednesday 27 November 2019. 7 – 9 pm Please book before 8 November 2019 Booking form for Stepwise. Further information and bookings, please email.
Messy Church Training on Saturday 2nd November 2019 at London Street URC, Basingstoke, RG21 7NU There will be two sessions and a cross over lunch. Attend the session most appropriate to you and chat to others over lunch. 10:30 – 12:30 this session is aimed at those who are interested in starting […]
This is a one-day bespoke first aid course for the URC run by trainers from the British Red Cross. 10am – 4pm. Arrivals and registration from 9.30am. Please bring your own lunch. Booking is essential, please see the posters for contact details. At High Cross Church, Camberley on Saturday 30 November 2019 At London […]
Opportunities for young people which may be of interest.
Welcome to the September 2019 update from your support team in Children’s & Youth work at Church House. Children’s and Youth newsletter, September 2019.
6.30pm for a 7pm start – finished by 9.15pm at the latest We will be looking at 2 very different aspects of “Using Resources well” Finding Resources: Learn more about how to raise funds and access grants for your church projects Using Resources wisely: How can we and our churches work towards zero […]
Stepwise Update – How to start! Hopefully you have heard a bit about Stepwise. Here is a short film (5 minutes) Taste of Stepwise. Faith-filled life is the first stream. It focuses on identity, place and purpose and is a core introduction that might take around three months. It is made up of six […]
Is it I Lord? Ministry Enquirers’ Day Saturday 26 October 2019 Westminster College, Cambridge. Further details.
Inside Outside – an inter-cultural inter-generational event for adults and young people. Open to: Thames North, Southern, Eastern and Wessex Synods Date: Saturday 26 October 2019, 10am – 4pm. Venue: Vine URC, Riches Road, Ilford, IG1 1JH. Lunch provided (meat and vegan options). Content: 4 main themes. Each theme […]
18 July 2019 Churches urged to help Christian Aid tackle crisis and build resilience as floods devastate parts of South Asia Christian Aid is inviting churches across the south west to support an appeal offering a lifeline to those impacted by torrential rain, floods and landslides that have displaced millions of people across India, Bangladesh […]
Youth Assembly – for young adults in school year 10 up to age 25 years (inclusive). Taster Day – for young people in school year 7 up to age 16 years (inclusive). URC Youth Assembly 2020 24 – 26 January 2020 at Whitemoor Lakes, Alrewas, Staffordshire. Book before 11 November 2019 for the Early […]
Creation Time or Season of Creation approaches. Are you and your churches ready for the five Sunday which lie between 1st of September and 4th of October 2019. This year they are all in the 5-Sunday month of September. Our JPIT Team has recently sent round an email promoting the website seasonofcreation.org The theme they […]
Ana, as recipient of the Short Term Study Grant, will be in Zambia 17 July – 1 October. Her time will be split between the Presbytery of Lusaka and the United Church of Zambia University in Kitwe. While guest of Bishop Choma, she will be meeting with various church groups. While at the University, she […]
The first of the Stepwise Streams, Faith Filled Life will be starting at Chandler’s Ford URC, King’s Road, Chandler’s Ford, SO53 2EY. at 7pm on Tuesday 24 September 2019. To book: please fill in a participant form and email it back to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Welcome to the July 2019 update from your support team in Children’s & Youth work at Church House. Click here to download.
Join us for a Growing the Church day Saturday 20 June 2020 Speaker: Revd John McGinley, author of ‘Mission Shaped Grace’. Further details to follow.
Saturday 14 September 2019 Trinity United Church, 53 Christchurch Road, Ringwood, BH24 1DH. Arrivals and refreshments from 10am for 10.30am start. Finish at 3.30pm. Lunch will be provided. Join us on this day event designed to inform, equip and enthuse potential facilitators for Stepwise – the United Reformed Church’s new discipleship development programme. Facilitators […]
A conference for all who are interested in issues of ageing with a Christian faith, within the context of churches in the UK today. Come and ask your questions! Come and share your ideas! We might find some answers. Full details here
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. This event is now fully booked but you can join the waiting list or register your interest for a similar event in the future. […]
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.
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.
Yorkshire Synod are seeking a new Synod Clerk. Advert available here Application packs available from the Synod Clerk at email@example.com Closing date for applications: 31st December 2018 Interviews: 16th January 2019 at the Synod Office
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 […]
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. […]
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
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 […]
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:
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
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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 […]
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 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 […]
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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.
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 […]
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
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.
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 […]
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
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, […]
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.
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 […]
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: […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
Resources in Word format available to download.
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.
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 […]