Are you aged 5 – 11? Are you a young family with big ideas? Do you want to be involved in designing a new resource for the URC? You are invited to come and take part The creative team who are putting together this year’s Advent Resource would like to hear from you Come […]
DDC (Due Diligence Checking Ltd) and the URC Training Coordinator for Safeguarding will be hosting Verifiers and Safer Recruitment training on line on the following dates and times. You can come to both parts of the session or just one part, whichever is relevant to your role. Tuesday 12th July – Verifiers’ session 7-8pm, […]
Sat 1st October 2022 – 10am–4pm in Bristol (in person) This ACAT course is for those who are looking to source funding for their church or for a church project. It has been designed to provide delegates with the skills and confidence required to identify potential sources of funding before successfully applying for it. […]
The latest JPIT newsletter is available by following this link: JPIT Latest edition
Bi-monthly newsletter – May 2022 from the Children & Youth team at Church House.
URC Mersey Synod Training and Development Officer Job Advert. Closing date for applications: noon on Wednesday 1 June 2022.
Poor mental health affects all our lives. Mental health issues can affect anyone, at any time, and sometimes for no apparent reason. Not only that but the church is often at the forefront of engaging with the vulnerable. So, how can we best look after the mental health of the church while looking after ourselves? […]
These Workshops are open to anyone interested in the topics. What it means to be a digital disciple (how to live as Christians online and digital tools for enabling your own discipleship) Wednesday 27th April, 7pm – 8.30pm, repeated on Thursday 28th April, 10am – 11.30am. How can we disciple others online? (tools […]
Come and Celebrate the URC’s 50th Jubilee Saturday 7 May 2022 at Hollycombe Steam in the Country Tickets on sale now – Book Now Information Update including Event Programme and Frequently Asked Questions. Hollycombe attractions include: largest traditional steam fairground a Bioscope two steam railways Steam farm museum numerous steam engines azalea walks […]
Wessex Summer Camps 2022 22 – 24 July 2022 Oakwood Activity Centre, Wokingham. Camp 1 for ages 8 – 11 year Camp 2 for ages 11 – 17 years Wessex Summer Camps Brochure for further details including cost and payment information. Bookings: £10 deposit per person required to secure your booking Wessex Summer […]
Wessex Workshop on 28 February Making the Most of Your Online Presence Speaker: Dan Morrell Recording of the session available to watch on YouTube. Powerpoint presentation.
Revd John Bradbury, General Secretary of the URC spoke at the March Meeting of Synod on: ‘Reforming Christian Identity for the mid-21st Century’
Inclusive Practice: providing pastoral support for LGBT+ young people. Tuesday 29 March 2022 7pm – 8.30pm Free online training session led by Frontier Youth Trust Publicity flier. Discussion topics will include: Creating LGBT+ inclusive environments Inclusive language and use of pronouns Pastorally supporting LGBT+ young people Register at https://bit.ly/inclusive-practice
Bi-monthly newsletter – March 2022 from the Children & Youth team at Church House.
The latest edition of NewsUpdate is now available at the following link: View NewsUpdate here
Sun Hats and Wellie Boots has produced interactive Prayer Stations designed for all ages. They are ideal for intergenerational worship, or to be left in churches to be explored throughout the week. They’re also ideal for school prayer spaces, particularly for children 8yrs+ and high school students, but can also be used for youth groups […]
At March Synod Revd Dr Sarah Hall from Avenue St Andrew’s URC in Southampton spoke briefly about Green Living and the interactive leaflets available to help you and your friends, family, colleagues to understand more and take action. These Green Living leaflets are an attempt to convey key points from the Dorset Green Living Guide with updates of information […]
A Legacy of Slavery conversation – Tuesday 15th March at 7pm Our next Synod gathering will be a discussion around the Legacy of Slavery consultation, a chance to have a discussion with Karen Campbell, Secretary for Global & Intercultural Ministries (Mission) and David Reynolds following the presentation made by Stephen Ansa-Addo at our autumn Synod meeting last […]
The Workshop is open to anyone interested in this topic, so please pass the flier around your church community. Below is the zoom link for the sessions. Please join Zoom 10 minutes before the start of the session. Thank you. Monday 28 February 2022 10am – 11.30am or 7pm – 8.30pm Join Zoom Meeting https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82435443259?pwd=SWFrVXZwTVUzWmhsQ05YbEgzcThsQT09 […]
A full day’s safeguarding training (in person) for all those working with children, young people and adults at risk. At Cornerstone Hythe URC, New Road, Hythe, Southampton, SO45 6BR. 10am – 4pm. Further information on the publicity poster. Booking is essential, please email.
There are places available on a forthcoming Paediatric First Aid training course, (meets Ofsted requirements). This training course is blended which means there is 6 hours of pre-learning online followed by 6 hour practical session on Saturday 26 March 2022 at Trinity United Church, Ringwood, BH24 1DH. 9.30am – 4.30pm. Free to members of local […]
Download: URC Church & Society update Feb 2022
Twyford United Reformed Church After years of fundraising and planning, building work is underway to bring one of Twyford’s most loved community buildings into the 21st century. Apart from a small 1950s toilet and kitchen extension, Twyford United Reformed Church (URC) and old school room have changed little since the late 19th century and the […]
Stepwise – Come & See event Wednesday 30 March 2022 7:30pm on Zoom Register your interest to receive the zoom link. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Publicity Flyer The next Faith Filled Life group will start in May 2022. Find out more at the Come & See zoom session. Faith Filled Life stream journeys through exploring […]
Are you interested in being part of a team to help the Church keep people safe? Further details Job advertisement Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Monday 28 February 2022
A Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Peter Pay, one of the Moderators of The United Reformed Church General Assembly, 2020-2022, who died in December, will take place at Salisbury Methodist Church at 1pm on Friday 11 February. The address of the church is St Edmund’s Church Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 1EF. The […]
Discipleship Development Grants Further information and application forms.
LoS consultation overview – Dec21 Legacies of Slavery Consultation – FAQs LoS Consultation – Questions for Churches – deadline for answers 7th February 2022 https://urc.org.uk/legacies-of-slavery-consultation-launched/
Service of Thanksgiving and Celebration If you asked for a seat or two to be reserved for the October 1 service, you should now have received an email from Eventbrite with your ticket/s. Please keep these safe as the codes will be needed to gain entry to the venue. You can bring a print out […]
Ministry Enquirers’ Event Saturday 12 February 2022 10am – 3pm online Register with email@example.com to receive zoom details Enquirers’ Event to help you think about God’s call to Worship Leading Lay Preaching Ministry with children and young people the Ministry of Word and Sacraments Church Related Community Work
Here is the Bimonthly Newsletter from the Children’s & Youth Team at Church House – January 2022
It is with great sadness we announce that Peter Pay, Moderator of General Assembly, but also known to many in Wessex Synod as a former Synod Clerk, and a popular Lay Preacher died peacefully earlier today (Saturday 18th December). A tribute to Peter can be found at: https://urc.org.uk/peter-pay-moderator-the-urc-general-assembly/ Do please hold his widow, Jo, and the […]
A free guide to crisis communications for churches. Crisis communication is an essential element of disaster ministry. A little bit of preparation now can go a long way in ensuring everything goes more smoothly at your church when disaster strikes. This plan aims to support Ministers, Elders and staff to provide best practice tips for […]
The Synod Moderators have issued further guidance in light of the Government’s Plan B. It is available to view here: Covid Plan B: Synod moderators’ updated guidance
View the latest Churches Together in England Newsletter
As Covid rules have been strengthened in response to concern over the new Omicron variant, the United Reformed Church (URC) Synod Moderators provide updated advice to churches: Read more.
Stepwise is making a difference! Read more about Stepwise in this article which can also be downloaded and used in church newsletters.
Ministries & Learning Committee are inviting congregations, ministers, elders, young people – anyone involved in the life and witness of Wessex URC congregations – to take part in a consultation about their vision and mission for the future. The feedback will feed into proposals for future patterns of ministry and deployment in Wessex about which […]
Thanks to the green-fingers and hard work of Guildford URC member Ian Hitchcock the Church was delighted to win the Gold Award in the Best Front Garden category, in Guildford in Bloom 2021.
And the winners are… Collectively Camberley, the Business Improvement District (BID) for Camberley Town Centre, was established in 2011. In 2021 95% of those businesses in the area voted to extend the BID for another 5 years. The BID, organises many of the town centre events, including the car show, Farmers Markets, Christmas Lights and […]
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 […]
Here is the Bimonthly Newsletter from the Children’s & Youth Team at Church House – November 2021.
Gosport School Pastors, represented by myself and Andy Williams, were awarded the Community Impact Award at the Hampshire Education Awards celebration held in October 2021. This is a huge honour and one which we feel extremely privileged to have received. We were delighted to have been nominated by members of the Senior Management Team […]
Download the Minutes from the October meeting of Synod:
You may remember the virtual Green Living Group based at Avenue St Andrew’s URC in Southampton which reported in May 2020 that we were using the Dorset Green Living Guide (greenliving.sustainabledorset.org) to look at our individual carbon footprints relating to food, energy, transport, waste, water and community in our lives. At that stage we thought […]
In June I was approached by one of our local councillors asking if he could fund a community accessible defibrillator outside High Cross Church. Having spoken to a few people and checked locations, we agreed it would be a great project and the ideal location would be outside the café doors so it was accessible […]
Download the Legacies of Slavery Consultation document below: LoS Consultation Overview Document Further information can be found on the URC website: https://urc.org.uk/our-work/legacies-of-slavery.html
Synod meets in person on Saturday 9th October High Cross Church Knoll Road, Camberley, GU15 3SY The Synod Papers are available to download below in either pdf or Word format Download: Legacies of Slavery Consultation Overview Document Synod Apology Slip Find High Cross on the map Poster swap information We have looked at […]
Ministry Enquirers’ Event on Saturday 2 October 2021, 10am – 4pm on Zoom to help you think about God’s call to Worship Leading Lay Preaching Ministry with children and young people the Ministry of Word and Sacraments Church Related Community Work Chaplaincy Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org to register and receive programme details. Publicity flier
Topic: Reporting back from General Assembly Tea/Coffee at 6.30pm for a 7pm start – finishing by 9.15pm. Everybody Welcome North East – Monday 6th September at Guildford URC South East – Tuesday 7th September at Havant URC South West – Monday 13th September at Trinity Church, Ringwood North West – Wednesday 15th September at Wheatley URC
As the Governments in England, Scotland and Wales move towards reducing or ending Coronavirus restrictions on Places of Worship, the Synod Moderators offer the following guidance to congregations of the United Reformed Church. We remind churches of the Great Commandments: to love God with our whole being and love our neighbour as we love ourselves. All […]
Safely celebrating Holy Communion In response to a few people asking recently how best to deal with Communion at this stage of the pandemic, here is some general guidance, recognising that each church needs to respond according to local risks and their own customs. There is no “one size fits all” solution. Government Guidance as […]
FREE – Heroes and Villains Holiday club from the URC 2021 Supersleuths – publicity poster Are you planning to run a holiday club this year? Whether it’s the first one you have run or you run them regularly this Holiday is for you. Get your detective hat and coat on, grab your magnifying glass, there […]
Bimonthly Update from the Children’s & Youth Team at Church House – May 2021
Download the Minutes from the March meeting of Synod:
Two of Salisbury URC’s Junior Church came to Synod on Saturday 13th March and spoke to the meeting. Their contributions can be read by following the links below: Alex’s Statement of Faith God’s Garden by Alice
Christians on Ageing provide useful resources, and run events throughout the year. More details from https://christiansonageing.org.uk
Synod meets virtually on Zoom on Saturday 13th March 10am start – finishing by 16:00 Voting members sign-in from 9.30am Non-voting members and visitors sign in from 9.45am Join the Zoom Meeting using: https://zoom.us/j/95094248805?pwd=ZW0yUkY0akNFaFNhR2VxM1pWcmNrQT09 Meeting ID: 950 9424 8805 Passcode: 013302 The Synod Papers are available to download below in either pdf or Word […]
2021 Holy Week Mini Podcast Series A series of 8 daily recordings to listen and engage with throughout Holy Week 2021. Aimed at 11 to 14 year olds, each recording includes a Bible reading, reflection, prayer, and a response activity. Podcasts will be released daily from Palm Sunday (28th March) until Easter Sunday (4th […]
A blog from the Tragedy and Congregations team, www.tragedyandcongregations.org.uk I am writing this in mid-January 2021. We are in our third lockdown in the UK. A new more highly transmissible variant of Covid-19 is sweeping through the country. Of late, daily deaths have numbered over 1,000 (today over 1,500). When will it end? Today the […]
Here is our exciting programme of events 2021 for children and young people. Save the dates and keep an eye out for further details.
Bimonthly Update from the Children’s & Youth Team at Church House – January 2021. We hope that the new year sees you healthy and in positive frame of mind, thinking of the ways to develop children’s and youth work further through the things we have learned during the very different year we experienced in 2020 […]
The Synod Moderators have issued their latest guidance in response to the national lockdown. It can be found at the link below: Guidance from the Synod Moderators on closing church buildings for public worship
The Sight Loss Friendly Church team is part of Torch Trust for the Blind, a Christian charity dedicated to enabling blind and partially sighted people to live fulfilling Christian lives. They do this by producing large print, braille and audio versions of the Bible and other leading Christian publications, and by empowering churches to include […]
Here is the December issue of the quarterly safeguarding newsletter. Safeguarding Newsletter – December 2020 – Online version Safeguarding Newsletter – December 2020 – Print version
The nights are definitely drawing in and winter is in the air – a sure sign that Advent is just around the corner. Here is a special Advent supplement to share with you the resources which are available to you from the URC CYW team. We hope you find something of interest or […]
Below is a screen shot of Bishop Chomba, his wife Gertrude and their younger son waiting to receive greetings from members of the Presbytery in the course of his Farewell Service as he prepares to complete his eight years as Presbytery Bishop. The service was live streamed from St Paul’s United Church of Zambia on […]
THE BIG SLEEP Ashley and Ryan have been raising money for a charity that provides shelter and accommodation for people that are vulnerable and homeless. We took part in an event that is called the Big Sleep, which was when you sleep on the floor in the streets, but due to Coronavirus (and us being […]
Greetings from the United Reformed Church Children’s and Youth Work Team. bi-monthly update of 2020 This month’s bimonthly is full of news and links to resources which we hope you will find useful and inspiring over the coming weeks of Advent and into the new year.
Black History Month sees the launch of the URC’s ‘Legacies of Slavery’ webpage You are invited to explore how the legacies of slavery continue to affect life today. Resources can be found on the URC website at the following link: https://urc.org.uk/legacies-of-slavery Resources include bible studies, films, books, papers, prayers and theology covering the topics including […]
Next set of dates for 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. Saturday mornings, 9.30am – 11am Part […]
Welcome to the September 2020 update from your support team in Children’s and Youth Work normally found at URC Church House but currently on Zoom! September 2020 – CYW bimonthly update URC Youth Supplement Youth Assembly 2021 – Letter from URC Youth Moderator
It is with joy that the first safeguarding newsletter is launched. Safeguarding Newsletter – September 2020 The newsletter has been produced as a joint effort to update you on changes and recent developments in child protection and safeguarding adults. There is a section at the end of the newsletter which is specific to […]
Ministry Enquirers’ Day Saturday 3rd October 2020 10am – 1pm, via Zoom What does the Lord require of YOU? Ministry Enquirers’ Day for anyone thinking about God’s call to Lay Preaching, Ministry of Word and Sacraments or Church Related Community Work. For full details contact Farrah Falomi-Carrer at email@example.com
Cinnamon Training Series Further information and bookings: https://www.cinnamonnetwork.co.uk/cinnamon-training/ Race Diversity 1 and 2 – Thursday 17th September – 9.30am-3.00pm Empowering Volunteers – Thursday 1st October – 9.30am-2.00pm Build a Successful Fundraising Strategy – Thursday 15th October – 9.30am-1.00pm Explore Missional Listening – Thursday 29th October – 9.30am-2.00pm Building Effective Partnerships – Thursday 12th November – 9.30am-1.00pm Effective Leadership – Thursday 26th November – 9.30am-1.00pm […]
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Trialogue – a fortnightly panel discussion for young people! 3 Panelists, 3 Questions, 3 Values ‘Trialogue’ is aimed at 16 to 25 year olds, each session will explore a theme alongside a Bible passage, providing a spring board for further discussion and reflection. A member of the CYDO+ team will host three guest […]
We would love everyone to hear about all that is going on among children and young people in the URC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAOwv-oOzZM Please feel free to share the link as widely as possible!
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 will be updating advice to churches about Covid-19 (coronavirus) as and when new information is available. Please keep an eye […]
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 […]
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 […]
Wessex Synod has a new page for children’s and youth work resources. Check out the new page here.
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 […]
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 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
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 […]
How does Stepwise work? Watch this short film (5 minutes) – a Taste of Stepwise.
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 […]
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 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. […]
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 […]
Worship resource materials have been made available for local use.
Find out more about Stepwise, the United Reformed Church’s intergenerational discipleship programme. Visit their page here
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 […]
A guide has been produced by Livability.org.uk and can be downloaded from their website 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.
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.
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 […]
Resources in Word format available to download.