Faith through a lens

faith-through-lensAre you interested in entering a national photography competition celebrating “Faith Through a Lens”?

 

 

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.

Healthcare Sunday

Paul SNELL 2014 03AHealthcare Sunday, 19 October, is an opportunity for your church to acknowledge and affirm the doctors, healthcare students, lecturers, academics and trainers in your congregation and local community, as well as volunteers, carers and others involved in healthcare.

 

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 linda.rayner@freshexpressions.org.uk 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.