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2021 General Assembly looking at racism, conflict and the URC’s 50th anniversary

GA logo news bannerThe United Reformed Church (URC) General Assembly is taking place from 9-12 July online.

General Assembly is the URC’s key decision-making body which meets annually to celebrate, discuss, worship and make decisions about the life and work of the denomination.

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URC launches new podcast

The United Reformed Church (URC) has launched a new fortnightly podcast, that explores the denomination’s focus on Christian discipleship, mission and what it means to be Walking the Way of Jesus today.

The podcast will explore what it means to be a disciple across all aspects of our lives, as we respond to the concerns, issues and topics that we encounter.

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Water Lane URC member receives damehood from the Queen

Dame Elizabeth Gardiner credit Bishop's Stortford Independent A member of Water Lane United Reformed Church (URC) in Bishop’s Stortford, has been made a dame in the Queen’s birthday honours.

Elizabeth Gardiner, a solicitor who helped draft the government’s coronavirus pandemic legislation, was honoured for her services to the government and the legislative process and is now a Dame Commander of the Order of the Bath (DCB).

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Changes to the Conference following the delay to the lifting of pandemic restrictions

18 June 2021 Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday evening that stage 4 of the lifting of restrictions in England have been delayed until 19 July, it has become necessary to make some changes to the Conference arrangements. As previously … Continue reading

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A collection of resources and events for refugee week

This week is Refugee Week, a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary. As churches, we want to see a world and a society which welcomes the stranger, treating asylum seekers and refugees … Continue reading

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Congregation uses hands to ‘sing’ worship

Woking congregation signing news bannerWoking United Reformed Church has found a creative way to ‘sing’ during worship despite Covid-19 restrictions currently preventing congregations singing.

Since the first lockdown, the church established a ‘signing project’ with a Makaton expert who taught the congregation a sign a week during each service.

At an all-age service filled with families on 13 June, the lessons paid off when the entire congregation used Makaton to sing with their hands.

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Black History Monthly: The Case for Reparations

No justice no peace credit clay banks UnsplashThe next session in the United Reformed Church (URC’s) Black History Monthly series takes place on 21 June from 7.30-8.30pm via Zoom.

Hosted by the URC’s Legacies of Slavery task group, the online conversation will focus on The Case for Reparations, an article written by Ta Nehisi Coates. 

Karen Campbell, URC Secretary for Global and Intercultural Ministries, says: “Although the subject is controversial, many people feel that the arguments are very clear.  For example, in

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Blackburn CRCW reflects on lessons from lockdown

In lifting others brett jordan unsplashLockdown has been hard on many communities and households but as we move beyond our restricted lives, what needs to change and what needs to remain? Mal Breeze, a Church Related Community Worker from Blackburn, reflects on this question:

The words of the song and album The Times They Are a-Changin, written by Bob Dylan in 1964, must have felt as true then as they feel now, 57 years on. Perhaps even more applicable given the last 18 months of Covid-19.

As individuals we have changed, families have changed, our communities have changed. So too have our churches, and many of us have had to rethink how to carry out our ministry.

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Welcoming the Stranger: Refugee Week 2021

This week is Refugee Week: a week-long festival celebrating the contribution, creativity, and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary. Refugee weeks says its vision is for refugees and asylum seekers to be able to live safely within inclusive and … Continue reading

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Faith groups call for G7 to use power wisely

As world leaders arrive in Cornwall this week for the G7 Summit, leaders of the Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed Churches joined dozens of faith leaders to call on the UK government to use its Presidency of the G7 and … Continue reading

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