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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Citizens Advice is working with churches - including the United Reformed Church - and other places of worship across the country to make advice services more accessible, particularly for those living in remote areas. The aim is to will provide face-to-face advice in the local community, rather than users travelling significant distances to a Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB).

Faithful Advice: A guide for advice services in places of worship, and available to view here: http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/index/aboutus/publications/faithful_advice.htm was published at the Citizens Advice service’s annual conference and provides practical examples and guidelines for churches to set up face-to-face advice sessions on their premises. The guidelines acknowledge that as the public sector cuts bite, churches can play a vital role in offering premises for advice sessions, particularly where there are no alternative sites available locally. The resulting services can save people having to travel up to 50 miles for face-to-face advice. Building on the knowledge and experience gained by pioneering examples of advice centres in churches, the United Reformed Church, the Methodist Church, the Church of England nad the Church Urban Fund  have been working in partnership with Citizens Advice to produce this guidance specifically for places of worship. 

Graham Jones Rural Officer for the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church based at the Arthur Rank Centre said: “There are already some excellent examples of churches collaborating with CAB to deliver face-to-face advice services to less accessible communities. Our hope is that these guidelines will help develop this relationship and lead to a growing number of churches acting as partners and hosts in this way. Building on previous guidelines encouraging churches to host post offices and community shops, here is further evidence of the churches’ commitment to playing their part in meeting the needs and challenges of rural and isolated communities.”

The Rt Revd John Gladwin, former Bishop of Chelmsford and chair of CAB said: “In an era when the demand for advice services is increasing and funding cuts may result in advice outreach locations such as libraries facing closure, advice agencies must find cost effective ways of ensuring people can get the face to face advice they need.  By working with faith organisations, Citizens Advice Bureaux has already established partnerships which enable them to reach out and provide advice services to some of the most vulnerable and disengaged sections of our communities.”

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