Community Project Award winners

community awards winners1The General Assembly celebrated the work of the many community-based projects based in or linked to United Reformed Churches the length and breadth of the three nations.

 

The United Reformed Church General Assembly journeys together towards a decision on same-sex marriage

same sex marriageOn 6 July 2014, the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church, moved forward with its discussions on the marriage of same-sex couples.

 

The United Reformed Church welcomes women bishops

White Blue URC Logo 300The United Reformed Church has warmly welcomed the Church of England's General Synod vote in favour of allowing women to become bishops. 

 

The URC's position on assisted dying

Fotolia 52170185 XSThe United Reformed Church has joined with the other mainstream Christian churches and faith communities in the UK in expressing its deep concerns about Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill, which is due to be debated in the House of Lords today, Friday 18 July.

 

Copyright alert!

copyrightIn recent months Church House has become aware of two occasions where unintentional copyright infringements have resulted in local churches being faced with legal action. On both occasions the infringement centred on a short poem: The Dash by Linda Ellis – being published without permission in church newsletters and/or church websites.

 

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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The new mural at Bethnal Green Meeting House

Members of Bethnal Green Meeting House, a United Reformed Church in East London, have just unveiled a new mural for the side of their church. The work was painted by Penny Bearman and Lucy Somers, a mother and daughter team of community artists.

The Revd Lucy Berry, minister of Bethnal Green Meeting House, said: “The church was extensively bomb-damaged during the war – and then subject to an unsympathetic post-war refurbishment – and, as a result it has been “invisible” for decades.  We don't, from the outside, look like a church. People don't know that inside we have a little, loving, multicultural and varied congregation.

“Over the past three years the church has been trying to think about what its mission to Bethnal Green should be. Part of the congregation's strength resides in its diversity. There is a lot of happiness in the relationships we share here, but we're also aware of the hardships faced by many in this community. People from Rwanda and from South America have made us more able to witness to tragedy and to resurrection – and it’s all around us in Bethnal Green.

“So, though outreach is also part of the plan, we need firstly to be visible; the mural expresses what we want to say about ourselves: the symbols to the side represent the explicit Christian things we want to say: communion, peace, justice, racial harmony. The golden, mixed-heritage woman expresses some of the things which a good church should stand for – but which are harder to put plausibly into words: belonging, mix, acceptance, spirituality, fun, compassion, safety.”

Ms Berry concluded: “We're not perfect and we never will be, but that doesn't stop us wanting to try. The mural is part of that: letting people of every age, faith, background, experience, orientation and colour know that we are here – and that we’re open and that we are happy to see them. We’re utterly committed to radical welcome and we want our commitment to that welcome to be crystal clear – we want it to be the writing on the wall.”

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