• One Body: Youth Assembly 2019

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    Bookings are now open for the 2019 Youth Assembly at Whitemoor Lakes next January. Click here to go to our online booking form.

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  • CWM Youth Programme 2018 : Beyond myself in exploring migration

    CWM Youth Programme 2018
    ‘Beyond myself in exploring migration’
    Thursday 27 July – Saturday 4 August 2018

    Council for World Mission have an opportunity for a group of 15 young people to explore the experiences of migrants and asylum seekers during a residential week in the North Yorkshire Dales.
    Working alongside the Yorkshire Dale Millennium Trust and Darwen Asylum and Refugee Enterprise (DARE), the group will be helping local farmers in hay bale making, nettle thrashing, willow fencing, working in a red squirrel sanctuary etc. There will also be activities such as caving, mountain hiking and enjoying the local scenic area. The residential week will also be a chance to develop a team spirit, explore migration and the Bible, and learn about CWM and mission.
    Additionally, CWM hopes that the residential week will be an opportunity for young people to share and develop their own ideas about how to make their communities more hospitable and welcoming to others.
    If you are between 18-25 years old and interested in being a part of the CWM Regional Youth Programme on migration, please speak to someone at your member church or contact Sainimili Kata.

    Visit our Facebook page here to see photographs of some of the events and activities and a video of the DARE group in action.  


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  • World Communion of Reformed Churches Internship opportunities

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    WCRC internship programme is accepting applications 

    The World Communion of Reformed Churches is pleased to announce that it has an internship opportunity for a highly qualified young person who is interested in gaining valuable experience working with an international ecumenical organization. The internship will be for 12 months in the WCRC offices in Hannover, Germany, beginning in September 2018.

    This opportunity is open to English-speaking individuals of WCRC member churches who are aged 30 or younger, including ministers, seminarians or Christian professionals with an interest in working for their churches or the ecumenical movement at any level. Women and individuals from the Global South are particularly encouraged to apply. 

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  • Clearing the way for children to come to church

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    Chandler’s Ford URC have quite literally cleared a path to enable children from the neighbouring infant school to walk to the church without having to go on the public path by the road! This greatly reduces the ‘form-filling’ for the school and makes accessing the church for visits very easy! Sue Scott, church secretary, has been building links with the school who held their carol service there, were invited to Mothering Sunday and have volunteers from the church going in to listen to children read. ‘We are a church without children on a Sunday morning, but ready to welcome children any day of the week! Our new minister is coming to us in September and both the church and the school hope this will take our working relationship even further.’

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  • Leaders Gathering

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    Do you need a little refreshment? Do you feel like you are banging your head against a brick wall sometimes? Have you run out of new ideas?

    Then come along to the leaders event as part of The Big Speak Out. If you bring two young people with you, it is free as well.

    Run by youth and children’s work professionals, the event is planned to renew and refresh you in a fun and interactive way (meaning that  it won't be a heavy, being talked at training event).

    So what are you waiting for? Click here for more detailsand then call the Pilots desk or email us and we can get you on the list. 

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  • Holy Orders in Winchester

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    Osborne School

    United Church, Winchester have a thriving cafe with some very special customers. Every week a Year 7 class from Osborne School, a local school for young people with additional needs, come in. The welcoming volunteer staff at the cafe give these them all the time they need to choose their food and drinks, place their orders and pay, working out their money for themselves. It is a ministry of enabling these young people to enjoy everyday experiences and develop their life skills in the most welcoming of places.

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  • Taize Trip Transformed Faith : Mersey Synod

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    Taize Trip Transformed Faith

    As young person I was dragged along on a URC Mersey Synod trip to Taize organised by the then CYDO Malcolm.  I was a reluctant participant, only in at all church because my family were.  But one evening in the worship I felt God tap me on the shoulder and ask me what I was doing with my life.  Since then my faith has been real. I have been back to Taize a few times, Greenbelt, and travelled to New Zealand, experiencing different traditions of worship. I am now back in Mersey Synod, an Elder/Deacon at Ainsdale Village Church (joint URC and Baptist) and lead the youth work there. My prayer is that the next generation of children and young people in the URC will have opportunities to encounter God for themselves.     Lucinda

    There is an opportunity to join a URC group going to Taize this summer. See here for further details.

    And we are still looking for a couple of URC Youth Ambassadors to join us at Greenbelt, Click here to register your interest.

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  • Kidfit – St Andrew’s Roundhay URC

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    Kidfit – St Andrew’s Roundhay URC is responding to the needs of the children in their local community by offering a fitness club in the church! The weekly exercise class for age 7 upwards has grown out of the holiday clubs and other projects. Beverley Gilbert, the children’s and youth worker, says ‘we want to see children flourish in every aspect of their lives – physical, emotional and spiritual: we also offer a fresh fruit platter to encourage healthy eating’. This is just part of the wide-ranging programme the church offers, including a thriving Messy Church, Eco club and Sunday night Youth club.

    St Andrew's also has a 9 day holiday club in August which is "Around the world in 9 days" each day we will be exploring a new country, looking at it's culture, craft, music, sport, religion as well as preparing, cooking and eating traditional food of the country.  

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  • The Big Speak Out – more news

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    Friday 6 July 2018  Arrive at Nottingham University in time for dinner at 7pm, find your rooms, meet old friends and new (meals can be saved for those arriving late). Then icebreaker games, a short interactive introductory session on making our voices heard, and chill out time with games and chat.

    Saturday 7 July  Chance to experience General Assembly as you, as a team of young people, lead an interactive activity to share with representatives there what is important to children and young people today. Want to see change in the church? This is your chance to make your voices heard by the people who can make it happen. 

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  • Peace and Justice Forum opportunities

    resized PJF forum logoThe Peace and Justice Forum aims to empower and equip young adults to be agents of change in their churches and communities.

    They  are looking for ambassadors to develop resources for young people and be campaigners in their churches.

    If you are 18-25 and have a passion for social justice, this opportunity is for you. 

    They will be holding a launch in Parliament on 12 July, a day of tours, discussions and panel debates. 

    To find more information and an application form go to The Peace and Justice Forum website

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  • Making Space


    Resized Making Space logoMaking Space: A URC conference for local church children’s, families and youth workers

    We believe this to be the URC’s first ever day conference for those people appointed (employed or core volunteer leading this ministry) by local churches, working with children and young people within local churches, ecumenical projects, local charities or the wider community.

    The aim is to gather together children’s and youth workers for networking, training, listening, inspiration and growing community.

    The day will include:

    • Keynote: Space for children to be children and young people to be young people
    • My Space: Hearing from a variety of local church contexts
    • Your Space: Reflecting on your context and learning in a variety of ways
    • Our Space: Sharing, responding, moving forwards

    Lunch and refreshments provided on the day

    There will be an optional networking meal on Friday 5 October at 8pm at the Rupert Brooke Wetherspoons pub

    Click here or on the photograph to go to Eventbrite to book for this event

    Email Sam Richards to request more information or phone 020 7916 8637  

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  • The Big Speak Out

    Postcard front rgb The Big Speak Out: a residential weekend for all young people aged 11 to 18 connected to the URC.

    From dinner on Friday 6 July to lunch on Sunday 8 July, this will be a weekend of fun, friendship, fellowship and finding a voice.

    Young people have much to say that the church and the wider world need to hear and respond to.
    Come and work out what you want to say and the best way to say it! 

    This weekend will give you an opportunity to explore issues that matter to you and to express yourself in a wide variety of ways using art, video, music, words, craft and action.

    You will be staying at Nottingham University’s lovely campus, enjoying games, worship, workshops and meals whilst meeting new friends.
    You will go home with new confidence, experience, ideas and examples of how you can ‘speak out’ and start to make a difference in the church and the world.

    The event is being subsidised by Pilots so will cost only £62.50.

    Contact our Programme Officer for further details or fill in our online booking form.

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  • The Big Speak Out booking form

    Booking Form for Participants 
    Age: 11 to 18 years inclusive

    Welcome to The Big Speak Out registration page. Please fill in all fields before 4 May 2018.
    For details of the event visit here.
    Note: items marked with an asterix (*) are required fields.

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  • Taize Pilgrimage 2018

    Sunday 26 August to Sunday 2 September 2018

    Have you ever wanted to just shout ‘stop the world, I want to get off!’?

    • Have you ever wondered what it would be like to step out of the normal rhythm of life and put prayer and community at the heart of life?
    • Will you be aged between 17-29 years next August?

    For information, download the flier here.

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  • CWM Europe Regional Youth Programme 2018


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    The 2018 Regional Youth Programme aims to:

    • Create an opportunity for participants to be challenged, encouraged and inspired by meeting with other young people
    • Introduce the breadth of mission through learning and participation
    • Explore issues relating to mental health amongst young people
    • Engage participants with the realities of migration and the asylum process
    • Learn through engagement with local communities, churches, community groups etc.
    • Introduce the young people to CWM and volunteering opportunities
    • Give opportunities for personal, faith and leadership development
    • Encourage participants to share their experiences on return to inspire and encourage others 
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  • 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.

    What you need to know: 

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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 or download the application form here.

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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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