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The URC Christian Aid Christmas Appeal film

christian aid appealThis Christmas the United Reformed Church is supporting Christian Aid's Christmas appeal that is delivering hope to the thousands of women and children in Kenya who suffer everyday in pregnancy and child birth related issues. From providing maternal healthcare in Kenya to ensuring poor communities receive the vital services we take for granted, your gift will help fund Christian Aid's work to eradicate poverty.

Staff at Church House persuaded the URC moderators of General Assembly – the Revd David Grosch-Miller and Mr John Ellis – to join them in making a festive-themed film promoting the campaign. Please watch it, share it, show it in your churches and, most of all, please donate to the appeal – the government is doubling all money received by 6 February. And, watch the film until the end!



Church House announces appointment of deputy general secretary

DGSimage-November2014It has been announced that the Revd Richard Church, currently moderator of the North Western Synod of the United Reformed Church, is to become the URC’s deputy general secretary (discipleship).

His appointment is the final appointment to the newly reshaped general secretariat and Richard will join the Revd John Proctor, general secretary, Ms Francis Brienen, deputy general secretary (mission) and Mrs Jane Baird, deputy general secretary (administration & resources).


Mission Council meets

group work mc nov13The United Reformed Church’s Mission Council meets at The Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick, Derbyshire next week – from 2pm on Monday 3 November to 1pm on Wednesday 5 November.

Mission Council is the executive body of the General Assembly, and meets twice a year. The key debates at this meeting of Mission Council are: the follow-up to the General Assembly questions on the marriage of same-sex couples, consideration of the denomination’s response to the Lobbying Act and the development of Church House in central London. There will also be papers from the mission committee outlining a draft environmental policy and a proposal to increase the Fresh Expression work of the URC alongside a communications paper presenting draft social media guidelines for use across the whole denomination.