URC Feasts & Festivals 2017

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

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Saturday 10tFF-button-1-2016h 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.  

Against The Grain - Garth Hewitt

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An Evening with Garth Hewitt - November 2017 -  see Dates and Venues below.

November 17 – Ipswich, Suffolk
November 25 – Croxley Green, Hertfordshire
November 29 – London

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.

Waking the Way Resources Roadshows

walking--the-way-2017-18Walking the Way - Eastern Synod Resources Roadshows 2017- 2018 

Led by: Revd Paul Whittle, Moderator and Nicola Grieves, Children’s and Youth Development Officer

  • 28th November Tuesday 2017 - The Cornerstone, Southend-on-Sea
  • 9th January Tuesday 2018 - Whittlesford URC
  • 11th January Thursday 2018 – Christ Church, Chelmsford
  • 23rd January Tuesday 2018 – Ipswich Road, Norwich
  • 30th January Tuesday 2018 – St John’s, Ipswich

All events starting at  7.30pm  – 9.00pm

An evening to explore Discipleship resources and learn more about ‘Walking the way: living the life of Jesus today’ the umbrella term for the United Reformed Church’s focus on lifelong Christian discipleship and mission. Time to chat over a cup of coffee, browse resources for all ages from the youngest to the oldest and hear more about ‘Walking the Way’ .walking-wht-way-feet-17

For more information please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel Synod Office 01223 830 770    Download: Walking the Way Poster 

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: for the day will be Alison Gray Tutor in Old Testament Studies and Revd Peter Ball the Director of Church Resources Development who are both part of the teaching staff at  Westminster College.  From the Synod Nicola Grieves, Children and Youth Development Officer will be offering her knowledge and experience, Liz Bird our Lay Preaching advocate will be keeping you up to date with what is happening on all matters Lay Preaching.  

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     A Gift to our Lay Preachers and Worship Leaders

Council For World Mission Calendar

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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

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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.

Science & Faith in Local Church

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Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th January 2018 - St Edmund's College Cambridge

A professional workshop aimed at church leaders, lay or ordained, and those in training. The Workshop will include lectures by leading experts on key issues at the intersection of science and Christian faith such as cosmology, evolutionary biology, genetics, ecology and neuroscience.  There will be plenty of opportunity for group discussion and practical application to local church contexts.

Register by visiting our website:   www.faraday-institute.org or Tel: 01223 748 888

Download: Science and Faith in the Local Church Poster 

Multicultural Celebration

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An opportunity for ALL United Reformed Church congregations to come to the feast to share ideas and celebrate the gifts of our rich cultural diversity in the church and society

Website: Multicultural Celebrations for more information

The Big Picture

The Big Picture -  13th January 2018

The-Big-Picture--2018'A day to reflect and grow your vision for work with children and young people'. An exciting opportunity for anyone in Children's and Youth Ministry to meet together and to reflect on your vision for children's and young people's ministry in your church and community and what God might be calling you to do. In four sessions we will be reflecting on church, mission, community and You.  There will be opportunities to listen, to pray, to discuss and to be creative.

Saturday 13th January 2018  - 9.30am - 4.00pm  - Whittlesford United Reformed Church, Duxford Road, Whittlesford, Cambridge, CB22 4ND 

A lunch of soup and a roll will be provided but please do bring along a picnic if you would prefer. Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day.

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

For further information please contact or e-mail:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or Tel: 01223 237874

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , URC Eastern Synod Tel: 01223 830770 Download: The Big Picture Booking Form 

Youth Assembly 2018

Youth Assembly 19th - 21st January 2018

urc-youth-assembly-january19-21-2018A weekend to focus on Jesus, to share in community with other young people, and to explore what it means to be church together.  Age Year 10 - 25 year olds.  Financial help available if needed. Assembly meet at Whitemoor Lakes, Alrewas, Staffordshire.

Cost before 9th November  £110.00 Cost on or after 9 November £140.00 

Young people from all parts of the URC join together for an amazing weekend of workshops, Bible studies, creative sessions, worship and prayer,  movies, comedy and loads more and of course the business that the young people bring.

To book your place visit Website link below or contact the Children's and Youth Officer. Tel: 020 7916 8683  Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. If financial help is needed please contact the Children's and Youth Office. 

Further information will be sent once your booking form has been received. If you or your group need a leader to accompany you, please get in touch with the Children's and Youth Officer.     

Website:  URC Youth for Booking Form 

Crossfire URC Youth Camp

Crossfire is a United Reformed Church Youth Camp - 25th - 28th May 2018

cflogo-large-wborderCrossfire is a United Reformed Church Youth Camp -  25th - 28th May Second May Bank Holiday Weekend 2018 (Friday - Monday) £30.00 when booked before 30th March 2018 (£40 after)  Crossfire will be held at Stathern Lodge Farm, Nr. Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE14 4EX. 

crossfireThere will be the usual mix of talks, small group sessions, sung worship lead by the Crossfire worship band, night walks and fantastic cooked food. If you come, you’ll be sent a list of exactly what you need to bring. Crossfire is an exciting event for young people 12+ years (year 7 and up) brought to you by GEAR and United Reformed Church Youth as part of the United Reformed Church.  All of the Crossfire camps are dedicated to provide a safe place to meet with God, to discover and be reminded of all Jesus Christ has accomplished on the cross, and to learn how to live a gospel centred life … and have a lot of fun doing so!

Website:   Crossfire  for more information and booking form about events  Download: Booking Form

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