URC Feasts & Festivals 2017

United Reformed Church  Feasts & Festivals 2017

FF-button-2-2016A year of celebration 2017, a year for the whole United Reformed Church to celebrate all that we have been, are now and are called to be as we continue walking the way of Jesus Christ today. It’s 500 years since the Lutheran Reformation, 100 years since the ordination of Constance Coltman, the first woman to enter congregational ministry, 45 years since the URC came into being, more than 80 years since Pilots started and 25 years since Commitment for Life began. So, let’s celebrate! And, in doing so, let’s think about who we are, what we’re about and how we can support one another as we all, in our own ways and contexts, seek to be better disciples of Jesus. - See more at: Feasts and Festivals Events   Resources for Worship, Bible Study and action. New resources added every three months.   Website: Feasts & Festivals - Celebratory themes 2017.

 Pictures from Eastern Synod's Big Day Out  - 10th June 2017   -  Suffolk Showground, Trinity Park

Saturday 10th June saw a large gathering of adults and children from churches across the Eastern Synod, to celebrate the theme of 'Feasts and Festivals'. Eastern Synod's Big Day Out took place at Trinity Park Ipswich. Glorious weather and a range of activities greeted participants, both young and old. A splendid day of worship, workshops, crafts, art, fun and laughter were shared by all. What a great day of celebration. View Report and Pictures of Synod Big Day Out.  

Evensong Westminster Abbey

Evensong in Westminster Abbey 23rd September 2017

The Hope That Inspires Christians

National Ecumenical Celebration of the Birth of Blessed Oscar Romero 

Westminster Abbey - Saturday 23 September at 3.00pm

Evensong will include chosen readings and music reflecting this special centenary, and the premiere of a Romero Anthem composed by James MacMillan. The Address will be given by Lord Rowan Williams.

Book tickets online through Eventbrite:      Visit Website:  The Archbishop Romero Trust              
The service is free, but it would help if you register in advance via Eventbrite by clicking HERE. Please spread the word far and wide! It would be wonderful if we could fill the Abbey - which would mean well over a thousand people in attendance!

Down in the River Festival-on-sea

Down in the River:- Festival-on-Sea  -  23rd September 2017

Saturday 23rd September 2017 - 11:00am – 9.00pm  -  Crowstone St George's URC,  Crowstone Road,  Southend-on-Sea,  SS0 8LHFF-button-2-2016 copy

In the URC's year of Feasts and Festivals, come down to the River Thames and celebrate a multicultural festival.

There's poetry, art, craft, folk music, organ recital, classical music, worship band, choirs, guest speakers, films, workshops, reflective worship space, children's activities and crèche (until 6.00pm)

There  is no charge for the day and refreshments will be  available (drinks and cakes free!), but please bring a picnic lunch. There will be a small charge for evening BBQ.This event is hosted on behalf of the United Reformed Church, Global & Intercultural Ministries.

Please sign up on Eventbrite        Download: Down in the River Programme         Website: URC Down in the River  

Gospel Street-Touring-the-UK

Gospel Street Touring the UK - 26th September - 9th December 2017

Retelling the News - People are out on the streetgospel-street-2017

Another generation is looking for answers - a rich young career girl, an angry gang leader, a charming church-goer, misfits, activists, crooked bankers, a surprising refugee and the bloke who bought himself seriously expensive jewellery. People who stood face to face with Jesus. There are anecdotes, bust-ups, blogs and posts. It’s a wild ride through issues of life, death and miraculous street food.

Despite their differences and social divisions, 140 characters want to meet one extraordinary person. Jesus has arrived on their street and he’s on the lookout for trouble – looking to do something about it. Four young people - two women, two men - like the first evangelists, tell the startling story of what happened, just now, on that street. The result is a powerful mix of theatre, music, comedy and spoken word.

GOSPEL STREET is a collaboration between award-winning writers, including rapper and hip-hop artist Testament. Riding Lights is doing what it does best: bringing everyone together to hear some of the good news with wisdom, laughter, energy and insight.

To book a performance call 01904 655317 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.            Download: Retelling the News Gospel Street flyer

Journeys An Exhibition of Quilts

 Journeys an Exhibition of Quilts -  28th September - 1st October 2017

Moses-smallFrom Thursday 28th September to Sunday 1st October (Opening times 10am until 3pm)

Stowmarket United Reformed Church are pleased to host an exhibition of quilts. Journey’s is the theme of the 6th annual exhibition from ‘Sew Spiritual’ and features 9 people from the Old and New Testaments including Rachel and Leah, Joseph, Moses, Gideon, Elijah, Jonah, Jesus and Philip. 

The exhibition will also include ‘Epiphany’ quilts which were the start of Sew Spiritual’s journey and were first exhibited in Norwich Cathedral in 2011. Sew Spiritual is a group of East Anglian Christian woman from various traditions who have joined together to explore their faith through textiles and quilt making.

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Words-of-Wonder Workshop

 Words of Wonder - Communicating the Gospel Creatively - 30th September 2017

st-martins-outside-photoA day of preaching, poetry, and storytelling, with a choice of workshop in the afternoon.

Saturday 30th September 2017 - 10.30am - 3.30pm - St Martin's Church, 127 Suez Road, Cambridge CB1 3QD

Refreshments are included. Please arrange your own lunch. The cost of each ticket is £10 and non-refundable. On-street parking is available in the streets near St. Martin's church.    Details of the speakers in the morning see below:

Dr. Michael Quicke
Having studied at both Cambridge University and Oxford University he pastored churches in the UK before serving as the Principal of Spurgeon's College at London. 

Rach Hartley
I'm Rach and I'm a poet. I love the beach, people and gin. I live in Norwich with my husband, four crazy children and two even crazier dogs. I often get inspired to write in the middle of the night (cheers God)! I love bringing drama and poetry (and humour) into church and I'm excited see what God has in store when we get together in September.

Dr. Alastair K Daniel
Dr.Alastair K. Daniel is a storyteller and academic based at the University of Roehampton where he is the Principal Lecturer in Primary English Education. He is a regular teller at the Three Heads in a Well storytelling club in Surrey and performs for local schools when university commitments allow. 

Book your place online now: Words of Wonder Bookings

Train Up Childrens Ministry

train-up-small-2017Train Up - Children's Work Training 3rd and 17th October 2017

Train Up and 'Bite Size' Train Up provide training, resources and network opportunities to those who work with children in the region. Train Up aims to motivate children's workers as they enthuse children on their journey of faith. ‘Bite Size’ Train Up evenings are training evenings that take place bi-annually in the alternate years to Train Up.

Working in Partnership with:  The Church of England - Diocese of Ely - The United Reformed Church  - GENR8 'Presenting Christianity'

Bite Size Train Up Evenings 

Train Up - Tuesday 3rd October 2017 - Histon Baptist Church CB24 9LN
Train Up - Tuesday 17th October 2017 - Whittlesford URC, 36 Duxford Road, Whittlesford, Cambridge, CB22 4ND  

Download your booking form here

Train Up A day for those who work in children’s ministry

Train Up 2016, a lively, inspiring and faith-building day, saw 70+ church children’s workers coming together to learn, be challenged, make contacts and be inspired by our very gifted speakers. Workshop topics ranged from working with under 5s or mixed age groups to creative play and storytelling and on to children’s spirituality and how to help children encounter God. There was opportunity to pray together, network and find out more about some of the very helpful resources out there for children’s workers. Everyone left with new ideas, being refreshed and encouraged in their ministries.     

The next Train Up day will be taking place in Autumn 2018.

Against The Grain - Garth Hewitt

Against the Grain Tour - Garth Hewitt - September 2017 - June 2018 

amos trust garth hewitt agaianst the grain tourAn Evening with Garth Hewitt - Friday 6th October 2017 at 7.30pm - 164 New London Road, Chelmsford, CM2 0AW 

Amos founder, singer-songwriter Garth Hewitt begins his Against The Grain tour this September, taking his songs of justice and hope all over Scotland, Wales and England. Drawing on his extensive catalogue of songs old and new, Garth sings of hope and justice for uncertain times.

Tickets from - 01245 354529 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Adults £10.00      Students/Unemployed £5.00

Website: Garth Hewitt: Against The Grain tour  For dates and full details, please visit Garth’s website or to find out more about hosting Garth in your own town, please email.

Fort Rocky The Ultimate Weekend

Fort Rocky Cambridge 2017 - The Ultimate Weekend 20th - 22nd October 2017

fortrocky-2018Fort Rocky Cambridge 2017  -  Cambridge & District YFC 

Friday, 20th October, at  7:30pm to Sunday 22nd October at - 3pm   -  Letton Hall, Shipdham, Norfolk
It costs just £75.00, or £66.00 if you book early. You can book your place by paying a small deposit 
The ultimate weekend for 11-14s. Fort Rocky offer a great mix of indoor and outdoor activities, plus the chance to discover life in Jesus. Have a fabulous time with our action packed programme, whilst creating lasting memories and deepening friendships. A weekend to remember!  Whether you enjoy starring in the cabaret, speeding round the karting track, diving for cover in the wide game or just spending a whole weekend hanging out with your mates. Fort rocky has an amazing time in store for you. At Fort Rocky our team make the programme happen, so that young people and youth leaders can enjoy more time together. You don't even have to wash up! 
Fort Rocky is a place where we talk about God in engaging and interactive ways. Through life stories, challenges and fun, you'll be invited to live life to the full with Jesus. It could be the best discovery you ever made!       View Website: Fort Rocky Booking Form and Information 

Jonathan Veira Songs & Tales

Jonathan Veira Songs & Tales 11th November 2017

Jonathan-Veira-Social-Bury-St-Edmunds-2017blueWest Road Church, 68 Queens Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3EW - Saturday 11th November 2017 at 7.00pm for 7.30pm

Following his triumphant visit in February last year, the amazingly talented and versatile international singer Jonathan Veira, with the most beautiful voice, is returning to Bury St Edmunds as part of his brand new ‘Jonathan Veira – Songs and Tales Tour’.  Jonathan is essentially a musical chameleon - performing songs of great diversity to an incredibly high standard – which quite possibly makes him unique in the world of entertainment.  Indeed – ‘...better than anyone else in the UK’ is how The Stage recently described him. From Billy Joel to Mozart and everything in between – nothing seems too hard for him!  Ballads, blues, rock n roll, jazz and even opera – everything sounds completely authentic and exhilarating. Accompanying himself on the piano with amazing dexterity, his glorious performance of his songs frequently moves people to tears and then they find themselves weeping with laughter.  Audiences of all ages across the whole of the UK and beyond have been given a night to remember, where people leave feeling uplifted and often moved in a way they weren’t expecting.

Jonathan’s Christian faith has been an essential part of his life and work and his show reflects this in a gentle and non-threatening way. As the concert coincides with Armistice Day there will be a suitable time to remember and honour the dead of all wars.

Tickets are now on sale at a cost of £12 from Jackie Tooley in the Southgate Church Office: Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Tel. 01284 703705, or visit every day except Wednesday.  Early booking is recommended.        Download: Jonathan Veira Poster 

For a short introductory video click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1qroaKUctQ or www.jonathanveira.com

Westminster College Quiet Day

Quiet Day: Saturday 18th November - The Quest for Peace

Quiet days are suitable for everyone, whether new or experienced at retreats. westminster-college-traininWith a different theme and lead by different people each time, we hope there is something on offer for you.

In November 2017 we explore ‘The Quest for Peace’…

The Quest for Peace Suitable for those new to retreat days. We will be offering simple ways to begin using silence, stillness and solitude to enhance wellbeing in the midst of a busy life. Drawing on the spiritual disciplines of bible reading and prayer, the day will also include an opportunity for one-to-one conversation with a trained spiritual director. The day will begin with worship and includes a two course lunch.

Leaders: Sam White, Mary Irish and Sr Karen Knight Cost: £25
In brief: 10am to 4pm, lunch and refreshments included
More information: Leaflet
To book: complete the Booking Form and e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to Tutorial Office, Westminster College, Cambridge, CB3 0AA.

Lay Preachers & Worship Leaders

 A Gift to our lay Preachers & Worship Leaders

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Eastern Synod and Westminster College A gift for our Lay-Preachers and Worship Leaders” - Join us at Westminster College for a day that will resource and refresh you for the gift of worship leading that you offer to our Synod.

Leaders: Revd. Samantha White and Revd. Dr Yak-Hwee-Tan from Westminster College, Peter Ball and Nicola Grieves, Synod Mission and Training and Children and Youth Development Officers, Liz Bird our Lay Preaching advocate and Alison Gray Tutor in Old Testament.

Eastern Synod, along with the whole United Reformed Church, is deeply indebted to the many lay people who freely give of their time to lead worship in our churches week by week. We would therefore like to offer something back. Twice a year we propose to have a Sunday where up to thirty people can come together at Westminster College to be fed rather than to be those who feed others. The intention is to offer both spiritual and physical food. The days will start with coffee on arrival and include a Sunday lunch and end with the sharing of communion. The rest of our time will be spent with input and discussion led by those leading the day.  

Download: Booking Form when available

Council For World Mission Calendar

cwmCouncil for World Mission 40th Anniversary  Event Calendar for 2017-2018

December 2017 - Launch of CWM 2018 Daily Devotions

March 2018 - 4-9 Board of Directors Meeting - Launch of Memoir of 40 Stories 

June 2018 - Healing of Relationships - Hope for a New Spirituality - Annual Members Meeting - 40th Anniversary Public Lecture

40 years of God's continual mission moving God's people from everywhere to everywhere to establish justice, prophetic witness and liberation for all creation.  This calendar of events gives an exciting glimpse of CWM's anniversary activities and events.

Website: CWM for Council for World Mission Event Calendar 2017-2018

Safeguarding Training 2017

Safeguarding Training Good Practice 2017

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The new URC Good Practice and Safeguarding training session.  It is primarily designed for people who work with children or young people on behalf of the United Reformed Church.  However, ministers, local church leaders, safeguarding coordinators, anyone looking for a basic introduction or refresher training for good practice in safeguarding children & young people are welcome to attend.

For further information and booking details please e-mail  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone Sue Drane at the Synod Office 01223 830770

If your church has a group of people (approximately 6-8) who require training and need a local and accessible venue, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Children's and Youth Development Officer(CYDO) to discuss hosting a session.

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