All are ‘More than Welcome’ at Greenbelt

welcomeFinal preparations are now being made for the United Reformed Church programme at Greenbelt 2017. Have you got your ticket yet? The URC’s theme of ‘More than Welcome’ will encompass a wide range of activities, including a ‘banqueting table’ art installation, knitted food treasure hunt, street theatre, yarn bombing, and a URC Youth cake and debate session. This year’s festival, from 25 to 28 August at Boughton House, Kettering, Northamptonshire, will also host a series of ‘intentional conversations’ about who is welcome – or not – in the Church. 

Constance Coltman and women in ministry will be at the heart of a discussion in the festival’s new Red Tent venue. Constance’s story will be the springboard for conversation about the challenges facing women who wish to be ordained today. The Revd Kirsty Thorpe will be contributing to the debate – with support from ‘Constance’ actor Celia Morris-Sanchez dressed for the role! And a panel debate on ‘All Welcome (terms and conditions apply)’ will be chaired by the Revd Elizabeth Gray-King. What is it like to be made unwelcome by the Church? How can we change things? How will it change us?

The URC Greenbelt team would like to say a big thank you to the scores of knitting groups and individuals across England, Scotland and Wales who have contributed hundreds of knitted food ‘goodies’ for the on-site treasure hunt. The trail couldn’t take place without them!