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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Linda Rayner

Linda Rayner, the URC’s new national coordinator for Fresh Expressions, began her new role on 1 September and has already started her first major task – mapping all of the denomination’s existing fresh expressions of church.

Linda says:  “Lots of URC congregations are at the forefront of mission in their local communities, but up until now, no-one has actually drawn up a map or made a list to show what everyone is doing. Having a “big picture” view of the new ways the URC is doing church will mean we can share ideas around the denomination and pass on experience to other churches as they think about local mission too.”

Many URC churches are already doing extremely creative work, sharing the love of Jesus with people who have no interest in traditional church. If your congregation has introduced  imaginative, new-style worship, whether it’s messy church, café church, walking church, late-night drop-ins for night-clubbers, or anything that’s not a traditional form of church, Linda would love to hear about it.

She concludes: “I encourage everyone to have a look at the Fresh Expressions website, particularly http://freshexpressions.org.uk/stories where you can see what other churches are doing. There are not many URCs on this site yet – and I know you’re out there – so let’s make sure everyone is included!

To take part in this mapping project please email Linda at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call on 01625 878264.  If emailing, please include the name of the church, brief details of the activity and a named contact with contact details.