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Homeless Sunday is 24 January. The Revd Harry Lanham reflects on three years of serving free meals from Havant United Reformed Church

Don’t blame fate when things go wrong – trouble doesn’t come from nowhere. It’s human! Mortals are born and bred for trouble, as certainly as sparks fly upward.
Job 5: 3-7 The Message

There is, says the world, no such thing as a free lunch. But at Havant United Reformed Church we have been offering one weekly for the past three years. We have found that the message soon gets round that something different is on the table.

Read more: A free lunch

Senior church leaders in South London gathered to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at Archbishop's House next to the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St George's. Meeting at the invitation of Churches Together in South London (CTSL), these leaders represent the diversity and unity of South London's churches.

Led by the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, Bishop of Southwark, the leaders reflected on the words ‘Your name shall be Abraham, the ancestor of a multitude of nations.’ 

Read more: Senior church leaders gather in South London

Retired United Reformed Church minister the Revd Leslie Ivory has been knighted by the French government his role in the liberation of France during the Second World War.

Mr Ivory – who lives in Stowmarket, Suffolk, and was for many years the minister Of Whiting Street URC in Bury St Edmunds – was informed by the French Ambassador that the President of the Republic had appointed him to the rank of chevalier (knight) in the Order national de la Legion d’ honneur.

Read more: France honours retired minister

Sandra Anthony is six months in to her role as the first Parish Nurse in the UK to be linked with a United Reformed Church.

A district nurse for 27 years, she leapt at the chance to work from Sutton Coldfield United Reformed Church. ‘I felt a calling,’ she says. ‘It’s as if I have waited all my life for this job. It's a way for me to apply my faith and my skills.’

Read more: Introducing the URC's first parish nurse

Join elders from around the URC exploring what it means to exercise the ministry of eldership today.

The theme of this year’s elders’ event is “Resourcing our Elders”. The conference will be considering what it is to be an elder drawing on the material recently designed for the United Reformed Church by Eastern Synod Mission Development Officer the Revd Peter Ball and South Western Synod Moderator the Revd Ruth Whitehead.

Monday 21st March - Wednesday 23rd March, 2016
Westminster College Cambridge, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0AA

Read more: Embracing Eldership