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ALISON GREAVES PHOTOURC Youth member Alison Greaves will be flying to New York next week as the UK’s sole delegate to the United Nations 2017 Winter Youth Assembly. The event, at UN headquarters from 1 to 3 February, involves 13,000 young people and adults from over 100 countries.

The eighteen-year-old, who attends Bamford Chapel and Norden United Reformed Church in Rochdale, is in great demand for conferences. This week (27 to 29 January) she is speaking to the United Reformed Church Youth Assembly in Whitemoor Lakes, Staffordshire about the task ahead!

Read more: Alison flies the flag for UK youth at United Nations

Pilots Summit Group ShotExcitement is mounting for the URC Big Day Out 2017 at Warwick Castle on 20 May. The festival for all ages will be hosted by Pilots, the URC’s ecumenical, non-uniformed organisation for children and young people.

Activities will run from 10am to 5pm in the historic and beautiful setting. A festival-like programme on the Pageant Field will celebrate many aspects of the URC’s life, with participants including the URC’s General Secretary John Proctor; Neil Thorogood, Principal of Westminster College; Paul Northup, Creative Director of the Greenbelt festival; Wayne Hawkins, Mission Secretary (Europe) for the Council for World Mission; and representatives from the Christian Aid Collective and Messy Church.

Read more: ‘Sense of belonging’ at URC Big Day Out

A new series of videos from the Council for World Mission includes the story of St Ives Free Church (United Reformed). The church’s minister, the Revd Dr Catherine Ball, explains what being missional means to the St Ives’ congregation and how this reflects CWM’s theme of Growing Missional Churches by being open to the Spirit and building bridges.

This is the transcript to the St Ives Free Church video

Read more: Growing missional church in St Ives, Cambs

243 Laser starTaunton United Reformed Church found a way to throw new light on Christmas by having a laser light spectacular which told the Nativity story and its relevance for today.

The show, on the front of the church’s Paul Street building, detailed how Jesus was born into times as turbulent as ours, belonged to a family forced to migrate, and started life in housing not fit for human beings. Celebrations on the night also included a steel band, Steel the Show and a giant Advent calendar painted by a Taunton artist.

Read more: Projecting the Christian message