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Staff working from Church House are now working across three main locations whilst Church House is being refurbished. We are working hard to make sure we are fully connected as quickly as possible, but please bear with us for the next few days. The phone system is scheduled to be fully working by Monday 9 January. If you need to contact a member of staff before then, please email them directly. Thank you.

The United Reformed Church’s education and learning committee held an Extraordinary Meeting on Monday (19 December), in response to the instruction by October 2016 Mission Council, to consider the full implications of ceasing to use the Windermere Centre building. The Windermere Centre is one of four URC Resource Centres for Learning.

Mission Council tasked both the finance, and education and learning committees, to do this work to enable a final decision to be made at the next Mission Council in May 2017.

Read more: The Windermere Centre update

Alan Crump

Liverpool’s Woolton village is known around the world as the place where musical history was made when John Lennon met Paul McCartney for the first time. No surprise then that this place of ‘blue, suburban skies’ has become a place of pilgrimage for Beatles’ fans who head for St Peter’s CofE church hall where the young John and even younger Paul were introduced. The whistle stop tour then continues with a visit to Eleanor Rigby’s grave in the churchyard across the road.
Alan Crump has been minister at St James’ Methodist/URC church, in the heart of the city’s conservation area, for eight years.

Read more: All you need is love at St James’…

Final preparations are now being made for Church House’s six-month refurbishment project, starting in January 2017. Staff are clearing, sorting and packing for the temporary move away from Tavistock Place and are also getting ready for their teams to be dispersed across three different nearby sites.

All telephone calls, emails and post will reach the right people, if you use the usual numbers and addresses.

It will not be possible to drop in on Church House, or on staff, during this period. But if you need to visit a staff member, and arrange this in advance, they will be delighted to see you! The building works are due to finish in June next year and we are promised a building that will be much more accessible and fit for purpose for 2017 – and many years to come. The move will start on Thursday 22 December and we will be settling in to our temporary ‘homes’ during the first week in January so we ask for your understanding, patience and prayers if we do not respond to your calls or emails as swiftly as might be customary. We will do our utmost to ensure that normal service will be resumed as quickly as possible.

boy original

Not one more step, the soldier said.
You must go back. You can’t stay here.

They’re killing little boys! I said.
We can’t go back – you’ve no idea.

They’re killing all the little boys;
we have a boy. We can’t stay there.

Do you have proof of what you say?
It’s really none of our affair.

They’re killing baby boys! I said.
Here is my son. We have to stay.

Read more: Lucy Berry poem on ‘The Border’