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Sandra Anthony was formally commissioned as Parish Nurse at Sutton Coldfield United Reformed Church on Tuesday 17 November during the regular weekly service of prayers for healing and wholeness.

Parish Nursing is all about supporting people and communities towards whole person healthcare. It can happen through a local church of any denomination. Parish nurses can be the link, between people in the community and the health and care services, ensuring that people use the health services appropriately, and understand their medication, care and condition.

Read more: The URC welcomes its first parish nurse

Churches in the UK are encouraging people to add Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith to their Christmas card list, and to include a personal greeting asking the minister to ensure that every family and child has enough this Christmas.

Paul Morrison, Policy Adviser for the Methodist Church, said: "The One More Card Campaign is an initiative by the Baptist Union, the Methodist Church, United Reformed Church and the Church of Scotland. The campaign will show care both for the families affected by the changes to the benefit system and also towards those who run the system reflecting the important job they do.

"No-one should grow up in a family that does not have enough to afford the basics of life. It is a message that has particular resonance at Christmas and I am sure shared by people in and out of churches."

Read more: Don't forget Iain Duncan Smith this Christmas

One of the United Reformed Church's largest and longest-standing church partners in South India is facing serious flooding. Approaching 300 people in and around Chennai have lost their lives and 3 million have been cut off from basic services.

The URC’s David Tatem and Sally Thomas are presently in Chennai at a conference of Uniting and United Churches from around the world.

Read more: Floods in Chennai