Open up those 2017 diaries and make a date for Saturday 20 May when the whole URC is invited to enjoy The Big Day Out, organised by Pilots, at Warwick Castle.

This is a festival for all ages where activities will run from 10am to 5pm in the historic and beautiful setting. Individuals and groups, with their church communities and wider family and friends, are all welcome to be part of what promises to be a day to remember.

Tickets include access to the castle and attractions where Big Day Out visitors can have a go at archery, watch birds of prey in flight, take part in worship with hundreds of others, listen to influential and engaging speakers and workshop leaders (including including John Proctor, our General Secretary, Neil Thorogood, Principal of Westminster College, Paul Northup of the Greenbelt Festival, representatives from the Christian Aid Collective, representatives from Messy Church and Wayne Hawkins of CWM to name but a few), visit the beautiful conservatory tea house, relax in the peacock garden, and enjoy a celebratory picnic.

Hugely popular Big Days Out have previously been held at a wide range of settings, include Cadbury World, Legoland, West Midland Safari Park – and Warwick Castle. Next year’s event will form part of the United Reformed Church’s 2017 theme of Feast and Festivals, and organisers have asked as many church groups as possible to bring a colourful banner on the day!

Read more: Book Now for the URC Big Day Out 2017!!!

WCRC2017logoAre you aged 18-25? Would you be interested in meeting with young people from around the globe?

In late June/early July 2017, as part of celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) will host its next General Council in Leipzig, Germany.

Prior to this Assembly, there will be a Global Youth Gathering, from 23 - 28 June 2017, giving young people the chance to 'Meet the World'.

Participants will engage in Christian fellowship as they worship together, study the Bible with one another and exchange what it looks like to be a disciple of Christ in their own, unique contexts.

Read more: WCRC General Council 2017 Global Youth Gathering - 'Meet the World'