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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Cross marks the spot

Chorley United Reformed Church, Lancashire, believes it has painted itself into history by producing a giant white cross in its car park – large enough to be seen from the sky.

 URC minister, the Revd Martin Whiffen, together with three volunteers, set to work just before Easter with paint and brushes. The result is a cross – 25 metres long and 10 metres wide – thought to be the largest of its kind in the UK.

It will mean that anyone looking at an aerial online view of the area – once Google Earth images are updated – or passing over in a plane or hot-air balloon, will instantly be able to pick out the church.

Martin, who is pictured in orange overalls with his painting team, said: “We thought it would be a fun, modern and effective way of advertising the church and the town. A lot of people use Google Earth to help them explore Britain and the huge cross will draw their attention to us, and hopefully the work we do. We believe this is the first time this has ever been done in Britain and it’s already generated a lot of interest.”

Martin and the other volunteers – Brian Darbyshire, Brian Longton and Brian Riding – are now waiting for Google Earth images to be updated to capture the cross.

The church, in Hollinshead Street, Chorley, is one of the largest United Reformed Churches in North West England; it has two choirs and its young people have just formed an eight-strong puppet group.

www.chorleyurc.org

Photo credit: Jim Turberfield.