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Shrewsbury United Reformed Church welcomed 16 new members at the last communion service of the Revd Tim Harword's 29-year ministry in Shrewsbury on 1 May.

The members – one youth member and 15 full members – range in age from 13 to the eighties. 'It's delightful. I think it is good for the future, and a vote of confidence in the church,' said Mr Harwood, who is due to retire at the end of this month.

Read more: Shrewsbury URC welcomes 16 new members

A new poem from Lucy Berry

Camden* believed it was this quick;
that the no-place between two places
could hold forgiveness of life-long wrong:
Betwixt the stirrup and the ground
Mercy I ask’d, Mercy I found.

Read more: Purgatory

Living and loving God,

As we turn to you now, following the verdict in the Hillsborough inquest,
we acknowledge that you are a God both of justice and of mercy;
a God of truth and of love;
a God who has walked this earth before us and knows each of us better than we know ourselves.

We hold up to you once again the 96
and all those who have suffered and are suffering as a result of the disaster at Hillsborough.
May they know your love and strength surrounding and upholding them.

Read more: A prayer following the verdict of the Hillsborough Inquest

Four major Churches in Britain have today released a resource to help churches and individuals think, pray and vote in the upcoming European Union referendum.

Get the Think Pray Vote resources

Think, Pray, Vote: EU referendum resources for churches’ addresses seven key issues, including free movement of people, peace, and the single market. It does not come down on one side of the debate or the other, but seeks to equip churches with information and biblical reflection to engage with the issues in a way that is consistent with their faith.

‘Think, Pray, Vote’ has been produced by the Joint Public Issues Team of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and the Church of Scotland to help Christians consider Britain’s membership of the European Union in the light of the gospel command to love your neighbour.

Read more: EU referendum resource guides churches through debate

A joint statement from the Presidents of Churches Together in the Merseyside Region in response to the Hillsborough Inquest

Today we have reached another significant milestone in a journey of grief and a quest for justice that has dominated the life of our city for too long. We stand together as church leaders and commit ourselves afresh to support those who hurt, help those who grieve and show God's love and compassion for all.

Read more: Merseyside church leaders respond to the Hillsborough Inquest