Wondering how to vote in European elections in May?” ask Churches

european electionsChurches are urging people to vote in the upcoming European Parliament elections in May and have produced a document outlining important issues for the election with the aim of boosting turnout and encouraging people to reflect on their vote.

 

The United Reformed Church plants white and red poppies for peace and remembrance

moderators planting poppiesThe United Reformed Church is encouraging churches across the three nations to plant white and red poppy seeds during Holy Week, as symbols of peace and remembrance with the hope that they will bloom on or around 4 August, the 100 year commemoration of the declaration of the First World War.

 

What’s so good about Good Friday?

good friday option 1David Grosch-Miller, moderator-elect of General Assembly, reflects on Good Friday and its centrality in our faith.

 

 

After the daffodils

daffodils YorkJohn Ellis, moderator of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church, reflects on the life cycle of daffodils and what it can teach us about retaining our Easter confidence all year round.

 

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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.