Faith through a lens

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Archbishop to deliver keynote speech at public issues conference

welbyThe Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will give the keynote address at the ‘Love your neighbour: Think, Pray, Vote’ conference organised by the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church.

 

The United Reformed Church prays that we may be ambassadors for peace and reconciliation as the violence escalates in Syria

syriaMore than 3 million people have become refugees as a result of the civil war in Syria and thousands of lives have been lost in the escalating conflict between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and those opposed to his rule.

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.

 

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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You may not have been lucky in the first round allocation of Olympics tickets, but there’s still time to reserve a guaranteed seat at More than Gold’s On Your Marks tour! Reserve your place today and learn how your church can make the most of the mission and communication opportunities that the 2012 Games will bring.

More than Gold is the ecumenical umbrella organisation coordinating the Christian community’s involvement with the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and it’s on the road again this month, taking its On Your Marks roadshow to 13 towns and cities across England. 

The evening events (7pm refreshments for 7.30pm presentation) will focus on three key programme areas designed to give practical help to churches wanting to make the most of the Games in reaching their community. The three areas are:• The Torch Relay: How it will impact your community – and the part your church can play• Community Festivals: Why, how, and who can help• Sports Outreach: How to reach all ages, and access the available resources.

The United Reformed Church is working closely with More than Gold, and strongly recommends that URC members interested in maximising the opportunities presented by the 2012 Games attend their local event.  Francis Brienen, the URC’s secretary for mission and URC member of the More than Gold’s executive, says: “I really recommend that URC ministers and members looking to use the Olympics and Paralympic Games to reach out to their local communities attend one of these More than Gold events. The feedback we’ve had so far has been overwhelmingly positive: they’re a great way to start engaging with the opportunities – go, if you can!”

The roadshow will visit the following locations: 6 June:  Stratford; 7 June:  Bristol; 8 June: Weymouth; 9 June: Worthing; 13 June:  Chelmsford; 16 June: Birmingham; 20 June: Leeds; 21 June: Manchester, 22 June: Leicester and Newcastle; 23 June: Cambridge: 28 June: London; 30 June: Nottingham.

For more information and to reserve your place visit http://www.morethangold.org.uk/your-church/on-your-marks-tour.html