Two New URC Appointments

The United Reformed Church has just announced two new appointments: 1.  Coordinator for Fresh Expressions Linda Rayner (pictured) has been appointed as the URC Coordinator for the Fresh Expressions initiative.   She will combine her new role with her existing duties as Learning and Development Officer in North Western Synod. Linda commented: “I believe that new […]

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Christian Aid Week: The Barista Bishop

The Bishop of Oxford tried his hand as a barista to raise awareness of how small-scale coffee farmers in Nicaragua have been supported by Christian Aid to work their way out of poverty. Bishop John Pritchard learned to make lattes and cappuccinos at AMT Coffee in Oxford ahead of Christian Aid Week, drawing attention to the […]

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Mind the Gap

This week, representatives of the United Reformed Church, together with other Christian Churches and charities, delivered a strong message on poverty to prime minister David Cameron.  This coincides with the launch of Church Action on Poverty’s three year campaign entitled Close the Gap, which challenges Church and political leaders to give, act and pray to […]

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New General Secretary for CWM

Rev Dr Collin Cowan has taken up his new role as General Secretary of Council for World Mission.   Previously General Secretary of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Dr Cowan is sure about the values and direction that will shape his leadership: “I have a passion for justice,” he says. “All […]

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The Power of Music

Music can help children to communicate and interact with those around them.  It can help them to relax and to express their emotions; and it can support children with severe emotional problems caused or compounded by the effects of war, poverty, neglect or abuse. Project Bethlehem Early last summer, the McCabe Educational Trust, together with […]

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Called by God

Norwegian theologian and pastor Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit was elected 7th General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) during its recent Central Committee meeting. “This task I really feel is the call of God.  I feel that we have a lot to do together”, Tveit said in his acceptance speech before the […]

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How Would We Do?

Mystery visitors – none of whom attended church normally – were sent to 70 congregations across the country.  Around 90% said the church they visited had a tangible sense of community.  Over three quarters said they would be back.  And over half said they felt comfortable, involved and genuinely welcome. Churches were secretly judged on […]

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A Diamond in the Week!

Have you been to our Coffee Morning?          People of all ages come, from a few months to the high nineties; people from our congregation, other congregations, and no congregation.  And it’s a buzz of conversation.  Getting up to date with people; networking; caring; sharing; and so much laughter. Then, oh yes, […]

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Prayer for Zimbabwe

A Prayer from Christian Aid: Pray with us: Lord of justice and wisdom, in whom we place our hope, we place before you the crisis facing the country of Zimbabwe. We pray for immediate aid, wise leadership and an end to injustice at this critical time, as disease and extreme food shortages threaten to grip […]

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