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Mr Alan Yates and the Revd Kevin Watson, the moderators-elect of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church are appealing to every congregation in the URC to participate in an Assembly display reflecting the breadth of church life across the denomination.                 

Mr Yates explains: 'We are all People of the Way and we know that local churches are creative in the ways they express their faith, worship God and engage with their communities. We want churches to shout about the good things they are doing – and so we are asking every congregation of the United Reformed Church to send us photos of the glorious variety and vitality of their church life – and we'll use the best of them in a specially-arranged display at Assembly.'

Read more: Your congregation: Moderators’ appeal for pictures

The Revd Richard Church, Ms Francis Brienen and the Revd Fiona Thomas presented Paper M1 Missional Discipleship.

The paper presents the proposals – a joint initiative of the mission and discipleship departments – as a move towards whole-life discipleship, grounded in a deep lived experience of Jesus Christ. 'It is,' said Mr Church, 'an emphasis that will inform every agenda of the church.'

Read more: Missional Discipleship: Paper M1

Session One

As part of the opening worship the Revd David Grosch-Miller commissioned Grace Pengelly, recently appointed Secretary for Church and Society, explaining that he was commissioning her to work alongside ecumenical colleagues, and in so doing declaring this to be an appointment the whole denomination supports.

Read more: Mission Council round-up day one