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MM banner Lorraine james Alan and JohnAlan Yates, Moderator of the United Reformed Church General Assembly, and many other senior URC staff, joined the Most Revd John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, on what has been described as ‘the largest-ever ecumenical regional-mission’ to Cumbria.

Thirty-three teams – made up of Anglicans, Methodists, the Salvation and the URC – reached an estimated 25,000 people, who attended more than 500 events across the county, during the four-day ‘Moving Mountains’ mission which took place from 8 to 12 March.

Read more: Church leaders move mountains in Cumbria

Lucy Berry poem banner 840 by 460As the lonely single mother of an only son I thought a lot about Mary in the early days of my motherhood. Christ's last words from the cross, according to John 19:26, consign Mary to the care of the disciple whom he loved. In the midst of appalling pain, he is human and humane, ordinary and extraordinary. He is putting things in order in his family – and in the world.

Read more: ‘Mother Behold Your Son’ by URC-poet minister Lucy Berry

840x460 Deidre and JohnThe United Reformed Church welcomed a special visitor for a meeting with staff and tour of Church House on 12 March.

Dr Deidre Palmer, President-elect of the Uniting Church in Australia, visited the URC’s London office while on a short holiday with her family.

Dr Palmer met with the Revd John Proctor, URC General Secretary, and Mr Alan Yates, Moderator of General Assembly, along with other staff members, to explore how the Church has addressed issues surrounding the marriages of same-sex couples.

Read more: President-elect of Australian church visits Church House

Mission Council VotingThe United Reformed Church Mission Council is next meeting at High Leigh Conference Centre, in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire from 19 to 21 March. 

Mission Council is the executive body of the General Assembly, and meets twice a year to reflect on and make decisions about the day-to-day life of the Church. Items on the agenda for this meeting include the URC’s lay development strategy, the budget plan for 2019, arrangements for General Assembly 2020 to 2030, and a discussion how the Church can do things more simply. All Mission Council papers are now available online.

The URC communications team will be reporting on Mission Council. The news pages and Facebook page will include updates on the main decisions made throughout the meeting, with a daily report being posted after the close of business each day, and a full report planned for inclusion in the May issue of Digest in Reform magazine.