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The United Reformed Church has developed a set of resources, @home in a strange place, to help churches and church groups talk about migration.

The Revd Dr Michael Jagessar, secretary for global and intercultural ministries, said: 'The church cannot shy away from the issue of migration – while some politicians are using fear tactics to scaremonger voters into believing that migration is dangerous to our society, while far right groups are on the rise in Europe, and while hate crimes against religious and racial minorities are becoming more frequent.

Read more: We need a better conversation about migration

A new poem from Lucy Berry

Camden* believed it was this quick;
that the no-place between two places
could hold forgiveness of life-long wrong:
Betwixt the stirrup and the ground
Mercy I ask’d, Mercy I found.

Read more: Purgatory

Shrewsbury United Reformed Church welcomed 16 new members at the last communion service of the Revd Tim Harword's 29-year ministry in Shrewsbury on 1 May.

The members – one youth member and 15 full members – range in age from 13 to the eighties. 'It's delightful. I think it is good for the future, and a vote of confidence in the church,' said Mr Harwood, who is due to retire at the end of this month.

Read more: Shrewsbury URC welcomes 16 new members

Four major Churches in Britain have today released a resource to help churches and individuals think, pray and vote in the upcoming European Union referendum.

Get the Think Pray Vote resources

Think, Pray, Vote: EU referendum resources for churches’ addresses seven key issues, including free movement of people, peace, and the single market. It does not come down on one side of the debate or the other, but seeks to equip churches with information and biblical reflection to engage with the issues in a way that is consistent with their faith.

‘Think, Pray, Vote’ has been produced by the Joint Public Issues Team of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and the Church of Scotland to help Christians consider Britain’s membership of the European Union in the light of the gospel command to love your neighbour.

Read more: EU referendum resource guides churches through debate