• Save the date - URC Youth Assembly 2019

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  • Crossfire Youth Camp 2018 Friday 25 to Monday 28 May 2018

    crossfire imageCrossfire is an exciting event for young people in the URC aged 12+. We meet together each May to explore more about faith in Jesus Christ through small groups, teaching, worship and a whole range of fun activities. Join us in 2018 for a great weekend of fun, meeting new people and exploring the gospel.

    To find out more and view our promo video visit www.crossfirecamp.org.uk

    Dates: Second May Bank Holiday (Friday 25 to Monday 28 May 2018)
    Cost: £30 per person when booked before 30 March 2018 (£40 thereafter), tent hire from £5.
    Location: Stathern Lodge, Leicestershire, LE14 4EX
    Accommodation: Camping
    Find out more: www.crossfirecamp.org.uk

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  • Junior Yearly Meeting – Quaker Youth Event 4 to 7 May 2018

    Quaker youth event imageThis year JYM is a residential event at Lee Valley YHA. It happens alongside the all age Quaker event, Yearly Meeting at Friends House, London.

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  • Greenbelt Christian Arts Festival

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    The URC will once again be having a presence at Greenbelt Christian Arts Festival (http://www.greenbelt.org.uk).

    We are recruiting a Greenbelt Youth Ambassador from each synod to:

    Be part of the URC team at the event

    Promote going to Greenbelt to young people

    Promote the value of Greenbelt in their synod

    In return you will have a reduced-price ticket – only £25, an amazing weekend of music, arts, activism and faith and the joy of camping with other URC Youth!!

    To express an interest, please contact the Children’s and Youth office: children.youth@urc.org.uk

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  • Feel Uganda

    Volunteer experience: Find Out, Explore together, Encourage one another, Live the dream: FEEL Uganda

    Feel Uganda imageThe FEEL Uganda Volunteer Scheme is a unique opportunity to experience a different culture. This is a travel experience without simply becoming a spectator. You will have the chance to get involved across our two local projects. We will also help you to discover and enjoy Uganda, ‘the Pearl of Africa’. This project is facilitated in the UK by the Romans One Eleven Trust (Charity Number 1012736, website: www.romans111.org.uk) and is run in Uganda by a partner charity YAP, run by the Revd Samuel Muhumuza and his team. Romans 1:11 has worked with Samuel for more than 20 years.

    Location: The Centre in Kibaale, where you will be based, is in Rakai District, in the south of Uganda about 210 kilometres from Entebbe Airport (3.5 hours drive via Kampala). Kibaale is a relatively poor community, where we have a church, a school, a home for orphans and a house for our volunteers. 

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  • URC Rep for the Ecumenical Youth Forum for Justice and Peace Issues

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    Following the success of the first Ecumenical Youth Forum (EYF), with 35 attendees engaged in a day filled with passion, excitement and a thirst for justice, the question is what next?

    A proposal has been made to create a ‘committee’ or a focus group of young people that meets four times a year to discuss topics which are important to young people and examine how JPIT can engage better with young people. 

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  • The Big Speak Out

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  • The run up to Christmas for a Church Related Community Worker

    We are lucky enough to have 2 reflections at once this week! This second reflection has been written by CRCW Alison Dalton, who is based at the Building Bridges projectat Tonge Moor, Bolton. This time of year can be busy for anyone, as there is so much more to squeezeAlison Dalton Dec Reflection into the days leading up to Christmas and being a Church Related Community Worker is no different!

    One example was to help organise Christmas gatherings, as Alison explains: "On the Friday of this week I had great fun with our partnership lunch club (Age UK, Church at the Centre and Tonge Children’s Centre) before I find myself acting as entertainment officer for a local community group: FUSION. This evening they held their Christmas dinner, 4 courses, for 30 local residents. Luckily another CRCW kindly shared some quiz questions with me, thanks Mal!" (Mal Breeze CRCW of the North East Blackburn Group).

    If you would like to take a look back with Alison, over the last couple of weeks, to see just how busy herself and those at the Building Bridges Projecthave been, take a look at this: The run up to Christmas for a Church Related Community Worker.

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  • Levenshulme Women's Group - A reflection by Liz Kam

    “One of the privileges of being a CRCWM (Church Related Community Work Minister) is having time. Knowing that your post willinspire Levenshulme WebPhoto last at least 5 years, and may be even 10, gives a CRCWM an opportunity to develop strong working relationships and trust with local people, and to walk with them through journeys of transformation.”

    In the second reflection for June, CRCWM Liz Kam talks about her work with an inspirational Women's group in Levenshulme: "...they are a flourishing group of women committed to breaking down barriers of difference, ethnicity, age, culture and religion".

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  • Community Conversations Event 2017

    CommunityConversations2017 FinalAmended Web cropChurch Related Community Work (CRCW) ministry is going on the road again this summer with a new event, Community Conversations. This informal event aims to encourage and equip any individuals or churches who would like to get more involved within their neighbourhood and local communities.

    The event will take place at Vicars Cross United Reformed Church, Oldfield Drive, Vicars Cross, Chester, CH3 5LL on Saturday 24 June 2017 from 10.30am to 4pm.

    The event is free to attend and will include a complementary light lunch. Go ahead and book your place today! For more information (and to book) please contact Samara Andrews, CRCW Programme Administrator, on 020 7916 8653 or at: crcw.admin@urc.org.uk

    Download a PDF of the event flyer here.

     

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  • 'More than Welcome' with the URC

    URCGroup'Church Related Community Work (CRCW) ministry in the United Reformed Church is about working collectively to bring about transformation in local neighbourhoods and churches for the Common Good. Tackling the big issues which affect people’s lives locally is central to that work; issues which include the impact of unemployment, poverty, health, the environment and community cohesion.'

    Steve Summers, CRCW Development Worker for the URC (and
    URC at Greenbelt project coordinator) has written the first of 3 blogs for Greenbeltfocusing on the URC's theme for this year's festival: 'More than Welcome', which ties in with Greenbelt's own theme: 'The Common Good'. Steve says: 'The United Reformed Church’s theme of ‘More than Welcome’ at Greenbelt this year will explore issues around who is, or isn’t, welcome in our communities and churches and what generous welcome can look like in practice.'

    To read the blog in full, visit the Greenbeltwebsite.

    For more details about the URC's involvement with Greenbelt in 2017 or how you can purchase tickets, please contact Samara Andrews.

     

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  • Don’t miss out on festival of faith and fun at Big Day Out!

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    It’s the final booking countdown for the United Reformed Church Big Day Out at Warwick Castle on Saturday 20 May 2017. Have you made sure of your place yet?

    A highlight of the event, organised by Pilots for the whole Church, will be the festival on the Castle’s Pageant Field, taking place between 10am and 5pm. Activities, games and workshops will tell of the role which feasts, festivals and celebration play in sharing the Kingdom of God – both within the URC and beyond.

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  • ‘More than Welcome’ at Greenbelt 2017

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    There are many resources available to help you, and your church, to explore some of the issues tackled at Greenbelt. Here are just a few of them. Keep checking this page as more are added!

    Why go to Greenbelt?


    Looking back at Greenbelt 2016


    'Scrap the Church?' at Greenbelt 2016


    Making a Scrap Church from Scratch!

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  • Greenbelt 2017 - How can you get involved?

    Greenbelt 2017 - How can you get involved?

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    Preparations are going on behind the scenes in the build up to the Greenbelt festival, which takes place on the August bank holiday, 2017. The URC was an associate partner in 2016 and continues to be this year. It was a wonderful experience last year and we look forward to an even better one in 2017! The ideas emerging from the URC planning team have been plentiful and there have already been some fruitful meetings, with lots coming to the table.

    Talking of fruit (and a table) we would like you to get involved, if you can. We are calling for all URC Churches and individuals to come together (or alone if you’d prefer!) and help us to create an enormous bundle of knitted or crochet food items.

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  • Celebrate, reflect, party at Youth Assembly!

    Youth Assembly image'A weekend full of wonderful celebrations – celebrations of God’s love for us and God’s open invitation to all.' The words come from Dan Morrell, Youth Assembly Moderator for 2016-17, in describing the 2017 event. ‘Yet, at the same time, we remembered those who may feel marginalised,’ added Dan, ‘and we acknowledged that life isn’t always full of celebrations and happiness.'

    Feasts and Festivals: We’re all invited was the theme of the Youth Assembly at Whitemoor Lakes, Staffordshire, from 27 to 29 January. The keynote speeches were delivered by the Revd Jenny Mills who focused on several festivals and helped Youth Assembly participants to ask questions about believing in what they were singing. They discovered that well-known songs like Away in a Manger weren’t all they seemed to be! Small group discussion allowed people to talk about what they’d heard, and pray together.

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  • Ministry Enquirers’ Day

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    Ministry Enquirers’ Day - Saturday 18 March 2017
    Luther King House, Manchester.

    Explore opportunities for service through the United Reformed Church
    Ask the questions that are on your mind and heart
    Hear from people engaged in a variety of lay and ordained ministries
    Listen for the voice of God as we worship and pray together

    For more information, contact Vivienne Williams by calling:
    020 7916 8649 or email: vivienne.williams@urc.org.uk

     

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  • Joining in with PokéMission

    Bramhall youth imageBramhall URC in Stockport decided to join in with the phenomenon that swept the nation this summer: Pokémon GO!

    The game, played on mobile phones, involves searching for – and catching – cartoon characters (called Pokémon). The characters appear on screen in houses, public areas, parks, beaches, gardens, shops, libraries and churches. If players want to catch Pokémon characters and score points, they have no choice other than to go to the physical place where the virtual characters might appear.

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  • General Assembly 2016

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    We were delighted to be given the opportunity to give a presentation at this year's General Assembly about the URC's involvement with the Christian festival Greenbelt for 2016-2017.

    Steve Summers (pictured) is the CRCW Development Worker for the URC and also the chair of the URC’s Greenbelt planning group. He told Assembly: "For myself and hundreds of thousands of others over the years, Greenbelt has been much more than an annual festival. It’s become a dynamic and enduring movement, a spiritual sanctuary, a creative environment to encounter new ways to worship and to view God’s creation and a seedbed for learning about ways to be disciples in our own neighbourhoods."

    To find out more about the URC's involvement with Greenbelt for 2016-2017, follow us on our facebook page or email me at: crcw.admin@urc.org.uk

    Steve was not the only member of the CRCW programme to be on stage at General Assembly.Karen Campbell edited 1 CRCW minister Karen Cambell was also captured on stage giving an illuminating bible study. Read more about karen and the work she is involved in at the BPBHCC project in Luton.

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  • The Big Question at Greenbelt Festival

    Scrap the church logo bronzeHaving just had a quick flick through this month's Reform magazine, it was good to see the first article in Digestabout the theme of the United Reformed Church presence at this year's Greenbelt Christian festival: "Scrap the Church?"

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  • BAME Ministers/CRCW's intercultural gathering

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    May 29-30, 2018 (from lunch time to lunch time) High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon. Kindly register early to ensure a booked place. A working schedule of the gathering can be found here, a finalised schedule will be given to participants closer to the event.

     

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