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The United Reformed Church welcomes women bishops

URC Logo 300The United Reformed Church has warmly welcomed the Church of England's General Synod vote in favour of allowing women to become bishops. 

The moderators of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church, the Revd David Grosch-Miller and Mr John Ellis, said:

"Throughout its life the United Reformed Church has opened every office to both men and women and has found its life enriched by the gifts and insights that women have brought to all parts of the Church. In recognising that God calls both women and men equally we have found our understanding of leadership deepened and the language we use of God broadened.


General Assembly round-up available here

Assembly2014logoDuring General Assembly 2014 the communications team from Church House reported all the main events and debates from General Assembly on Facebook, twitter and the URC website –  and they also produced General Assembly 2014 News round-up which is available here.  Full reports on General Assembly will appear in the July/August News Update and in the September edition of Digest.

Pioneering community project in Hemel Hempstead wins national award

messy send churchA project which aims to make families with disabled children feel welcome, accepted and loved regardless of their condition, has won a coveted national award in recognition of the work it undertakes. Messy Church SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities), which is run from Adeyfield Free Church in Hemel Hempstead, has been named as a Community Project Award winner and receives prize money of £2,000.

The project draws people from a wide catchment area around Adeyfield Free Church. The families that attend have children with a wide range of disabilities including Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, learning disabilities and those on the Autistic spectrum. Messy Church SEND provides these families with a space where the needs of disabled children are fully understood and prioritised. The volunteers engage with each individual’s preferred learning style through the use of appropriate multi-sensory activities, materials and resources.


Llandudno project in the spotlight following prestigious national award

hope restoredA community initiative which helps local homeless people through its drop-in advice centre has received a prestigious national award in recognition of the important work it undertakes in and around Llandudno. Hope Restored, which was set up four and a half years ago, has been named as a Community Project Award winner and received a £2,000 prize.

The Hope Restored project provides a non-judgemental place where homeless people can get a warm welcome, a hot meal and help with getting their lives back on track.

Hope Restored operates from Gloddaeth United Reformed Church twice a week and provides nourishment to those that attend the sessions. Hot drinks and snacks are offered from 10am, followed by a two-course home cooked lunch.