CRCW News and Events

URCGroup'Church Related Community Work (CRCW) ministry in the United Reformed Church is about working collectively to bring about transformation in local neighbourhoods and churches for the Common Good. Tackling the big issues which affect people’s lives locally is central to that work; issues which include the impact of unemployment, poverty, health, the environment and community cohesion.'

Steve Summers, CRCW Development Worker for the URC (and
URC at Greenbelt project coordinator) has written the first of 3 blogs for Greenbelt focusing on the URC's theme for this year's festival: 'More than Welcome', which ties in with Greenbelt's own theme: 'The Common Good'. Steve says: 'The United Reformed Church’s theme of ‘More than Welcome’ at Greenbelt this year will explore issues around who is, or isn’t, welcome in our communities and churches and what generous welcome can look like in practice.'

To read the blog in full, visit the Greenbelt website.

For more details about the URC's involvement with Greenbelt in 2017 or how you can purchase tickets, please contact Samara Andrews.

 

Swansea webChurch Related Community Worker, Rosie Buxton has been a volunteer at Swansea Night Shelter since it started seven years ago and Christ Well United Reformed Church has been used as one of the venues during this time. Swansea Hope had introduced the idea to the churches in Swansea, working alongside the statuary bodies and the voluntary agencies who work with the homeless in the area.

Paul Mort, Swansea Night Shelter Manager says: “Broadly, 7 churches open up their doors at night to welcome homeless/rough sleepers who have been referred to us by agencies in the city. At each venue they receive warm and nourishing food, good company and a warm, dry and above all, safe place to sleep”.

Paul describes how useful it has been to have Rosie, with such a wealth of experience, to work with him: “Rosie has been a great example to me of showing how the church can actually have a significant impact in a community. It has also been good to work alongside someone who, whether she acknowledges or not, exhibits so many of the Fruits of the Spirit in ways which are not pompous or 'spiritual' but earthed in reality.”

You can read Rosie's full article here.

Read more: Swansea Night Shelter by CRCW Rosie Buxton

Greenbelt 2017 - How can you get involved?

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Preparations are going on behind the scenes in the build up to the Greenbelt festival, which takes place on the August bank holiday, 2017. The URC was an associate partner in 2016 and continues to be this year. It was a wonderful experience last year and we look forward to an even better one in 2017! The ideas emerging from the URC planning team have been plentiful and there have already been some fruitful meetings, with lots coming to the table.

Talking of fruit (and a table) we would like you to get involved, if you can. We are calling for all URC Churches and individuals to come together (or alone if you’d prefer!) and help us to create an enormous bundle of knitted or crochet food items.

Read more: Greenbelt 2017 - How can you get involved?

“Church Related Community Work Ministry is about working to bring about change and transformation in a local Simon Reflection cropchurch and the neighbourhood” according to CRCW Simon Loveitt. He continues:

“Tackling the big issues which affect people’s lives locally are central to that work – whether that is the issue of unemployment, poverty, health, quality of life, environmental issues or community coheshion.”

To see how Simon and the CRCW project at Sheffield Manor work to promote community cohesion, with various community events and festivals, please read Simon’s reflection: Feast and Festivals – My neighbourhood.

Is it I, Lord?

Vocations Day March17 Flyer web

 

Ministry Enquirers’ Day - Saturday 18 March 2017
Luther King House, Manchester.

Explore opportunities for service through the United Reformed Church
Ask the questions that are on your mind and heart
Hear from people engaged in a variety of lay and ordained ministries
Listen for the voice of God as we worship and pray together

For more information, contact Vivienne Williams by calling:
020 7916 8649 or email: vivienne.williams@urc.org.uk

 

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