Good Money Week

good money week 2This week is Good Money Week, 19-25 October, an opportunity to ensure those you trust with your money are looking after it well and using it in ways that benefit society and protect the environment.

 

One World Week

one world week Youth Group in CacaoperaThis week is One World Week, 19 – 26 October, a week intended to let others know about some of the global issues that affect us all and to recognise we can all be part of the change.

 

 

United Reformed Church expresses concern for former president of Madagascar

madagascar-presMembers of the United Reformed Church, including the general secretary of the URC, the Revd John Proctor, have expressed their concern for Marc Ravolamanana, former president of Madagascar and vice-president of the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM), who, upon his return to Madagascar after years in exile in South Africa following a military coup, has been arrested with no clear information about his detention.

 

Faith in politics but less faith in politicians, say Church young people

youngvote1The Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church asked Christian young people about their attitudes to voting and politics.

 

Community Project Awards 2014

Community-project-playlist-videosOn 6 July the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church celebrated the work of the many community-based projects based in or linked to United Reformed Churches with the Congregational and General sponsored Community Project Awards.

Four projects won awards – the overall winner was Glenorchy Work Club based at Glenorchy United Reformed Church in Exmouth and the three runners up were Chapelfield Grow Your Own; Hope Restored, and Messy Church SEND.  Short films of all four projects are available here.

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Photo credit: Mother & baby by Axel Bϋhrmann

the day I brought my baby home
the sky was full of wonder
gold swans swam on ponds of pearl
and bells pealed out like thunder

I carried him as royalty
and all across the town
great, loud brass-bands of soldiers made
a celebrating sound
and angry boys smiled back at us
great men paused at their lunches
the queen waved from a passing car
buds burst on winter branches
inside our room we could not hear
the music from the park
just a drip, drip, drip from the broken tap
in the kitchen in the dark
me and my Crown-prince in our room
casting his glow of glory
watching comets through chimney-pots
proclaim our story   

© Lucy Berry 2011

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