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.  

Waking the Way Resources Roadshows

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

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

  • 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 

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 

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 

Rural Ministries Regional Conferences 2018

Rural Ministries Regional Conference - 10th February 2018

regional-conferences-1-2018Mission as a dialogue: reaching your community Bury St Edmunds - 10th February 2018

Our world has radically changed;  It is a time of hurry and rush; a time when we seemingly know our neighbours less well, and yet conversely, we are more globally aware than ever before as media outlets flood us with news about what is happening on the other side of the world.

At this one day event In 2018, we will unpack this topic, and explore together how a deep listening to our rural communities will help us share the Gospel.  The day will be interactive with four main workshops:

  • Workshop 1: Where is everybody? - Understanding the local context; how to ask the right questions. Demographic research; how to read local statistics. Finding the ‘gathering point’ of the community.
  • Workshop 2: Where is God? - What are the signs of ‘good news’? Who else is here?  Undertaking a walk of awareness – practical task & reflection.
  • Workshop 3: Where are we? - What are we already good at? Where has your church got community touch points? Practical mission audit – Review, when, how and why of your church mission.
  • Workshop 4: Where next? - Joining all the dots; beginning to form a strategy. We all have a part to play. Now, take a risk.

The event costs just £15 including handouts and a light lunch.  Bookings must be made in advance and we are able to accept card or cheque payments. Full details of the event and booking information can be found on our website: Rural Ministries  

Nick Jones Conference Secretary, Rural Ministries  Tel: 0845 600 6788 / 01763 878539   Mobile: 07732 110008  

Womens World Day of Prayer

Women's World Day of Prayer - will you be part of it this year - 2nd March 2018 

womens-world-day-of-prayer-2018Women's World Day of Prayer has come such a long way. What started as separate days of prayer organised by individual denominations in America, as early as 1887, has become a truly international and ecumenical World Day of Prayer.

This year the service on FRIDAY 2ND MARCH 2018, entitled ALL GOD’S CREATION IS VERY GOOD!, has been written by Women from Surinam, Northern part of South America.

Today, around 170 countries take part. The service is translated into more than 60 languages and 1000 dialects. Starting in Western Samoa, travelling westwards around the Globe, ending in American Samoa, it takes 36 hours from start to finish.The Women's World Day of Prayer design comprises arrows converging from the four points of the compass, four figures kneeling in prayer, the Celtic cross and a circle representing the world and our unity through all our diversity.

This year, YOU too can be part of this truly International, Interdenominational, Ecumenical and Wonderful Day of Praise and Prayer.
THIS SERVICE IS FOR EVERYBODY, not just women, so MEN, let’s have more of you in attendance. To find a Service that is local to you can chose to telephone 01892 541411, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit the www.wwdp.org.uk    Download: Women's World Day of Prayer Poster

Council For World Mission Calendar

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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 -2018

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

Transforming Faith, Transforming Life

Transforming Faith, Transforming Life 23rd June 2018

TLS-logo-2017A thanksgiving service for Training for Learning and Serving (TLS)

The Church at Carrs Lane, Birmingham (Directions can be found at http://carrslane.co.uk/)

23rd June 2018  - Worship will begin at 11.30 a.m.

Preacher: Revd John Proctor, United Reformed Church General Secretary 

Drinks will be available from 10.30 a.m. and a buffet lunch will be served from 1 p.m.

The event is free and no tickets are required but it will be helpful for catering numbers if you could indicate your intention to attend by e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   by Friday 1st June 2018 

Clare Priory Retreat 2018

Clare Priory Retreat 29th June - 1st July 2018

take-time-for-gift-grace-1-2018 copyTIME FOR THE GIFT OF GRACE - This retreat will be led by Revd Mary Irish and Sister Karen Knight.

Friday 29th June - Sunday 1st July 2018 - Clare Priory, Ashen Road, Clare, Suffolk, CO10 8NX 

This retreat day offers the opportunity to slow down and find rest through guided study and reflection, individual quiet time.  Clare Priory has been a place of prayer for many centuries. The monastery, new church and beautiful grounds offer peaceful surroundings, inviting us into the presence of God   

The weekend will start late Friday afternoon and finish after lunch on Sunday. The accommodation is full board and most rooms are en suite. The charge for this retreat is £140 per person. This includes all meals. The cost of the retreat can be met from Lay Preachers allowances if applicable. 

The Closing date for booking is 1st June 2018.         Download: Clare Priory Retreat Booking Form    Download: Clare Priory Retreat Poster 

Further Information from  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  - Synod Office  01223 830770        Website: Clare Priory 

Safeguarding Training 2018

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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.

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

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