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Churches prepare for a season of invitation

Churches across England are gearing up to bring former churchgoers back to their church and encourage those who have never been to give it a go in a Season of Invitation from the end of September to Christmas this year.

Training sessions led by Michael Harvey, the co-founder of Back to Church Sunday, help people to invite people they know to church.

Since 2004 Back to Church Sunday has helped reach those who had once attended church but whose attendance had lapsed for a variety of reasons. By 2011 around 230,000 had come back to the church as a result of the initiative.

Research indicated that people responded better to a choice of services rather than a single day, so the idea of a Season of Invitation was born.

The season runs from Back to Church Sunday at the end of September and includes services at Harvest, Remembrance Sunday and Advent.

Training sessions are planned for the URC's Yorkshire, North Western and Mersey Synods in September.

Constance Coltman film first public screening

The Constance Coltman Centenary Celebrations task group warmly invites you to the first public screening of the film Constance at URC Church House in London on Thursday 17 September.

In 1917, at the height of the First World War, Constance Coltman became the first woman to be ordained into the ministry of the Congregational Union of England and Wales and of a mainstream British denomination.

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Remembering the bombing of Hiroshima

Hiroshima AnniversaryThe 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be remembered around the world on Thursday 6 August. In London, people committed to peace in Britain will hold an open interfaith service of commemoration and commitment for a nuclear-free world.

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Southport welcomes the Big Day Out

Around 800 people poured into the Southport Convention Centre on 18 July for the North West and Merseyside Synods' Big Day Out.

The event showcased the work of the United Reformed Church in the North West of England. Guest speakers including Steve Chalke founder of Oasis UK and Loretta Minghella chief executive of Christian Aid explored the theme Breaking Barriers and Crossing Boundaries.

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