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Jesus' execution took place in the busy ordinariness of a crowded and unsettled city. That is part of the transforming power of the Easter Story, says URC General Secretary John Proctor.

Many a local church worships outdoors on Good Friday – processing along crowded streets, singing and silence in the market place, stations of the cross around community landmarks, pausing for prayer where people go to and fro.

Good Friday is the right moment for going public. Jesus was crucified in the thick and tangle of living, amid the tiredness and tension of difficult days. A lot of issues that shape our lives were swirling and gathering around his death.

Read more: Good Friday – the middle of everything

United Reformed Church Special Category Minister the Revd Peter Stevenson has completed six months as Site Chaplain to the Elephant Park Development in South London. 

The development currently employs 500 people and this is expected to rise to 2,000 when all the phases come on stream. The developers, Lend Lease, wanted to trial a chaplaincy service to add to their well-being programmes. The chaplaincy operates for four hours per week and has proved a great success.

Since last October Mr Stevenson has contact with around 350 people each time he makes a visit. He walks up and down the scaffold, wherever they are pouring cement, or driving piles. 'I present myself as a listening ear to all faiths and none.'

Read more: Peter Stevenson, building site chaplain

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

A prayer for Maundy Thursday

Loving God
you whose concern is holiness
in our way of living and being:
we thank you for
gifting us with a pattern
of bending over and down,
pouring out
compassion, care and love
for the other.

Read more: Love poured out

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