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.

Eastern Synod's Big Day Out  - 10th June 2017   Suffolk Showground, Trinity Park, Suffolk, IP3 8UH

Feasts-and-festivals-save-t copyA fun day for all the family celebrating our history, our family and our future. The day will begin with arrivals, registration and refreshments from 9.30am and A service of Worship and Celebration at 10.30am. Throughout the day there will be workshops and activities for the whole family, each activity has been planned to make them accessible to all ages. The day will end with worship at 3.30. - Cost £6.00 per adult - Children go free (Under 16) - Includes a Picnic lunch and coffee/tea/juice and biscuits on arrival.

Download: Eastern Synod's Big Day Out Booking Form   

Download:  Big Day Out Poster

Exhibition of Activities

exhibition-of-activitiesExhibition of Activities 24th June 2017

The Free Church St Ives, Market Hill, St Ives, PE27 5AL 

Saturday 24th June - 10am - 4pm 

Do you know the range of activities in this building - Come and see. 

We are engaging with the community 

Download:   Exhibition of Activities Poster                             Website:  St Ives Free Church               

ACAT Training for Church Treasurers

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Saturday 22nd July 2017 - St Cuthbert’s Church, 214 Carlton Avenue West, North Wembley HA0 3QY

 

Whether you are new to the role or have been in post for many years, you will find something in the course to benefit you. The topics covered are: The Role of the Treasurer; Legal and Financial Overview; Budgeting; Principles of Charity Accounting; Employment; Gift Aid and GASDS; Year-end Routines; VAT and LPWGS. For further information & to book a place on the Foundation Course visit: ACAT UK Wembley  

 

ACAT Training Workshop 5  - Thursday 29th June 2017 - Centre, Croydon Road, Hayes, Bromley BR2 7AL 

This workshop addresses important issues for treasurers involved in or considering a major project and we are delighted to be joined by some guest speakers. Delegates will take part in sessions.  For further information to book a place on Workshop 5 visit:  ACAT UK Bromley

ACAT Training Workshop 7 - Tuesday 11th July 2017 -  Forest Hill Methodist Church & Centre, Normanton Street, London SE23 2DS

 

This workshop deals with legal issues which may be encountered by the treasurer and is run by ACAT trustees and guest speakers.  Delegates will take part in sessions.  For further information & to book a placed on Workshop 7 visit:  ACAT UK Forest Hill 

 

Registration will be from 9.30 am onwards for a prompt start at 10.00 am and will finish at 4.00 pm.  Please book early to secure your place if you wish to attend as places are limited.  You do not have to be a member of ACAT to take part in our training.  You can book instantly online using PayPal or a credit/debit card, or return the postal booking form with a cheque. Book early to secure your place if you wish to take part, closing date is 7 days prior to the event.

Embracing Eldership Courses 2017

westmisnter-collegeEmbracing Eldership: Wednesday 5th - Friday 7th July 2017
Embracing Eldership: Friday 7th - Sunday 9th July 2017

One of three identical courses we’re running on Eldership. Choose the date that is best for you!

Come and join elders from around the URC to explore what it means to exercise the ministry of Eldership today. Whether you are a new elder, or have had many years of service, there will be something for you to offer and receive in this three-day event..

Leaders: Val and Rod Morrison Cost: £120 single room, £240 double room, £43 non resident
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

Daddy's Diaries

Daddys-diaries-flyer-2017-1Daddy's Diaries -  13th-15th July 2017

 

Daddy's Diaries is a solo show at the Corpus Playroom Cambridge. Devised, written and performed by Jane Bower.

 

Thursday 13th - Saturday 15th July 2017  - The play has been specially scheduled to start at 7pm 

 

Daddy’s Diaries is inspired by my father giving me his war diaries after he became blind. The show reveals the inescapable legacy of WWI, the family’s unexpected link with Germany, Len’s memories, illustrations and original recordings to create a picture of one man’s journey towards peace.

 

Jane Bower is a professional actress, teacher and writer, and an elder of Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Cambridge. She has devised and performed one-woman shows for over thirty years. She was commissioned by the actress Maureen Lipman to write a play for her, which they performed together in 2010.

 

Download: Daddy's Diaries Flyer  The flyer has full information on the back, including links to a short video and a radio interview.

Download: Daddy's Diaries Poster                     Website: Visit Jane Bower's website for further reviews  under Shows.

Anglian Singers In Concert

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Music from Faure to Bernstein and Bacharach - with a few surprise items

Saturday 15th July 2017 - 7.30 pm - Trinity United Reformed Church 1 Unthank Road, Norwich, NR2 2PA 

Light Refreshments in the interval

Admission by ticket £7.50 at the door or in advance from choir members or from Barry Capon 01603 451507 or Andrew Rouse 01603 423339

Proceeds are in aid of Good Work - the Industrial Chaplaincy in Norfolk and Waveney.

Council For World Mission Calendar

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

40th Anniversary CWM Sunday Worship 16th July 2017 - Healing the Broken Body: Hope for Renewal

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

Westminster College Quiet Day

Saturday 22nd July 2017 - Soul Food.

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In July 2017 we make space for ordained and lay people engaged in church leadership for some ‘Soul food’…

Soul food: a day of nourishment for church leaders Suitable for ordained and lay people normally engaged in church leadership. We will be creating space and time for you to stop for a while and enjoy the hospitality Westminster has to offer. There will be time to worship, share in bible study and pray (together and individually). The chapel, labyrinth and new art studio will be yours to use too. The day includes a two course lunch. Opportunities for personal spiritual direction will also be available.

Leaders: Mary Irish, Nicola Greaves and Alison Gray  - 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

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

Biblical Day Conference

Biblical Day Conference 6th September 2017

the-bible-and-care-of-creation-biblical-day-2017Westminster College Cambridge, Madingly Road, Cambridge, CB3 0AA

Theme: The Bible and our Care of Creation

Take the opportunity and space to have an in depth look at some passages of scripture based on our theme for the day as well as a chance to enjoy the surroundings of Westminster along with good food and fellowship.

The conference begins at 9.30 a.m. and finishes at 5.00 p.m. and includes lunch.
The charge for this event is £20.00 inclusive and you may use EM and Lay Preachers allowance.

Download:  Biblical Day Conference Booking Form and return to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the Synod Office.

Down in the River Festival-on-sea

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

In the FF-button-2-2016 copyURC's year of Feasts and Festivals, come down to the River Thames and celebrate with us, through music, poetry, film, workshops and children's activities.

Saturday 23rd September 2017 - 11:00 – 21:00  -  Crowstone St George's URC,  Crowstone Road,  Southend-on-Sea,  SS0 8LH

There are all day tickets (supper included) are available, but if you can come for the daytime only (supper included), or the evening only (no supper but refreshments available) then separate tickets should be booked.

Watch this space for further details!

This event is hosted on behalf of the United Reformed Church, Global & Intercultural Ministries

Download: Down in the River Poster   Website: URC Down in the River  

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

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.

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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