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United Reformed Church minister the Revd Nigel Adkinson was among the flood heroes honoured at a reception at 10 Downing Street yesterday, 21 March.

Mr Adkinson, the minister of Radcliffe, Stand and Farnworth United Reformed churches near Bury, helped to coordinate the emergency response when floodwaters swept through parts of Radcliffe on Boxing Day 2015.

He says: 'This reception was a recognition of the flooding in the town of Radcliffe. And that is important, because many in the town feel that we are overlooked. It also recognises that the churches were instrumental in coordinating community groups working together.'

Read more: URC Radcliffe flood hero honoured at 10 Downing Street

The World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary, the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, has strongly condemned a series of lethal terror attacks carried out in Brussels as wicked and indiscriminate, and calls for prayers for those affected.

More than 30 people were killed and 170 more injured in the 22 March attacks at Brussels Zaventem international airport and a city metro station near buildings belonging to the European Union and the Ecumenical Centre in Brussels.

Read more: WCC strongly condemns Brussels terror attacks

Pilots companies are run by local congregations of the United Reformed Church and others for children and young people aged five to eighteen, giving churches the opportunity to share their faith in a way that is creative and in a caring environment.

Read more: See Pilots in action

A prayer for Palm Sunday

Lord Jesus,
the disciples accompanied you into Jerusalem,
proclaiming you the king who comes in the name of the Lord:
the Messiah – God’s anointed on earth,
the one who does deeds of power,
the one to save Israel.

Read more: In the name of the Lord

John Proctor reported on the responses given to questionnaires distributed earlier in the meeting asking about the role and future of General Assembly. Throughout this report the numbers in brackets relate to the number of people holding the stated view.

The first question asked what was most important about General Assembly. Of the respondents, the majority (27) viewed the sense of ownership of decisions made as the most important aspect. Next, the quality of decisions made (17); an inspiring event (14) and, all three (14).

Read more: Mission Council report on the future of General Assembly