The URC Christian Aid Christmas Appeal film

christian aid appealThis Christmas the United Reformed Church is supporting Christian Aid's Christmas appeal that is delivering hope to the thousands of women and children in Kenya who suffer everyday in pregnancy and child birth related issues. From providing maternal healthcare in Kenya to ensuring poor communities receive the vital services we take for granted, your gift will help fund Christian Aid's work to eradicate poverty.

Staff at Church House persuaded the URC moderators of General Assembly – the Revd David Grosch-Miller and Mr John Ellis – to join them in making a festive-themed film promoting the campaign. Please watch it, share it, show it in your churches and, most of all, please donate to the appeal – the government is doubling all money received by 6 February. And, watch the film until the end!

 

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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.