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Sandra Anthony is six months in to her role as the first Parish Nurse in the UK to be linked with a United Reformed Church.

A district nurse for 27 years, she leapt at the chance to work from Sutton Coldfield United Reformed Church. ‘I felt a calling,’ she says. ‘It’s as if I have waited all my life for this job. It's a way for me to apply my faith and my skills.’

Read more: Introducing the URC's first parish nurse

Retired United Reformed Church minister the Revd Leslie Ivory has been knighted by the French government his role in the liberation of France during the Second World War.

Mr Ivory – who lives in Stowmarket, Suffolk, and was for many years the minister Of Whiting Street URC in Bury St Edmunds – was informed by the French Ambassador that the President of the Republic had appointed him to the rank of chevalier (knight) in the Order national de la Legion d’ honneur.

Read more: France honours retired minister

This year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity material comes from the Churches of Latvia. The following reflection and prayer was written by the Writers Group of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, who have prepared the Latvian material for use in the British and Irish Churches.

Set on Latvia’s highest hill, the Gaizins House of Prayer regularly hosts the 40-hour fellowship of Christian leaders who, for the duration, are supported in prayer and worship by the faithful.

These encounters renew the leaders as fellow-workers in Christ, and help shape the visible expression of ecumenical life in Latvia.

Read more: Week of prayer for Christian Unity

Join elders from around the URC exploring what it means to exercise the ministry of eldership today.

The theme of this year’s elders’ event is “Resourcing our Elders”. The conference will be considering what it is to be an elder drawing on the material recently designed for the United Reformed Church by Eastern Synod Mission Development Officer the Revd Peter Ball and South Western Synod Moderator the Revd Ruth Whitehead.

Monday 21st March - Wednesday 23rd March, 2016
Westminster College Cambridge, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0AA

Read more: Embracing Eldership

On 13 January Greenbelt and the United Reformed Church signed an agreement, making the denomination an Associate Partner of the Greenbelt festival for the first time.

The partnership is a natural fit, building on the URC’s rich Nonconformist history of exploration of radical Christian faith and working for justice, and the dynamic and creative energy of the Greenbelt festival.

Read more: United Reformed Church partners with Greenbelt