Who we are
Commitment for Life is the world development programme of the United Reformed Church. We encourage participating churches to take action, pray and give for people across the world but especially in our four partner countries/region of Bangladesh, Central America (Honduras, Guatemala. Nicaragua and El Salvador), Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory and Zimbabwe. We work in partnership with Christian Aid and Global Justice Now raising around half a million pounds a year from contributing churches. To find out more about the programme, visit the resources page and look at the Intro Leaflet. Use the Mission/Commitment for Life/drop menu bar to find Stories from Partner countries, partner countries resources, videos, worship and much more.
18-24 September 2016 - World Week for Peace in Palestine & Israel
“Dismantling Barriers” - God has broken down the dividing walls
A week of education, prayer and action for peace in Palestine & Israel. Initiated by the World Council of Churches this is an opportunity to organise meetings, prayers and actions for a just peace.
Take Action Now! On-line petition to ask Boris Johnson to stop demolitions and displacement of people.
A postcard to send to your MP or MEP can be found here
Other resources include a prayer written by Jan Sutch Pickard, case studies and fact sheets on demolitions, Gaza, violence and the Cremisan Valley. A PowerPoint to complement the fact sheets will be available shortly on the Pax Christi site. The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) have produced a Liturgy Resource to use during the week.
Emergency aid for communities in Bangladesh hit by monsoon floods.
18 August 2016 - Christian Aid is using emergency funds to deliver urgent relief to communities in Bangladesh and India who have been severely affected by monsoon floods.
Heavy and persistent rainfall since mid-July has forced hundreds of thousands of people in the neighbouring countries to abandon their homes. The downpours have caused extensive damage to tens of thousands of houses, and to water sources, food stores, farmland and roads.
As monsoon season continues, Christian Aid’s local partners in the two countries are providing emergency aid to flood victims in some of the worst-hit areas, in a bid to shelter displaced families, curb malnutrition and limit the spread of water-borne diseases. To read the full press statement click here. Listen to Premier Radio's Hannah Tooley speak to Shakeb Nabi (programme country mananger) here:
NEW 2016/2017 Resources now available
Read all about the work of our Christian Aid partners supported through Commitment for Life.
The magazine includes a thank you letter from Loretta Minghella, Chief Executive of Christian Aid, campaign articles from Christian Aid and Global Justice Now, as well as a reflection on 'Living in community' by Amelia Sutcliffe, last year's intern. You will find the individual pages for each country/region here. The full booklet is also available here. Do order enough mini magazines for each person in your congregation so they can see the fantastic work being done.
Save the date - Climate Action
It’s 1 year since 9,000 of you told 330 MPs what you don’t want to lose to climate change at the Speak Up lobby last year. It’s time to Speak Up again. Were you one of the hundreds of thousands of people across the UK who rose up to Show the Love in February to protect what you love from climate change? It’s time to Speak Up too
Join the Climate Coalition from 8th-16th October in a Week of Action to celebrate the people, places and things you want to protect from climate change - and make sure MPs feel that love.
There will be nature walks, tea parties, classic lobbies, community energy visits and all sorts of other events to start those key conversations about climate change. All this will either involve MPs or be showcased to them, so that politicians see, feel and hear how much their constituents care about what we could lose to climate change.
People all over the UK are organising events in their local areas, and we’d love you to be involved. Click here for more information
Prayer Partners 2016
2016 Prayer Partners is a great resouce for use throughout the year. Churches tell us they use it in church magazines, prayer areas and for personal devotions. It is still available in PDF and word document format but not in a printed version. To see other resouces, including the El Salvador pack, click here
2016 Service Outline
This year's service outline 'Love your neighbour' can be found here.
It contains sermon notes by Andrew Bradstock, family time activities, service outline and much more.
Last year's service outline is still available