Coffee Cake Create Prayer Discussion

Coffee Cake Create Evening Discussion and Prayer 4th April - 6th June 2019

coffee-cake-create-2019An evening to explore 'going deeper' in discussion and prayer using crafts and creative ideas.

Ideas for Messy Church, Pilots, Brigades, Youth groups, Junior church, Holiday Clubs and All Age Worship. From 7.30 - 9.00pm  Dates and Venues below:

Thursday 4th April, Castle Hill URC, Ipswich
Monday 8th April Cornerstone, Southend-on-Sea
Thursday 11th April Christ Church URC, Chelmsford
Thursday 9th May Ipswich Road URC, Norwich
Thursday 6th June Whittlesford URC, Cambridge

For further information please contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Children and youth Development Officer 07515721171   Download: Coffee Cake Create Poster 

Joyce A Celebration by Jane Bower

Joyce - A Celebration - 5th April 2019

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The life, humour, monologues and songs of the much-loved Joyce Grenfell - writer, actress, singer, comedienne 

Friday 5th April 2019  - 7.30 - 9.30 pm - Interval with refreshments

Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RR - Tickets £15.00 Full-time students and under 18s, £10.00. For tickets contact: 01223 235090

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Download: Joyce a Celebration Poster

I am offering it as a fundraiser for the work of my new church, Downing Place URC, formed by the joining of Emmanuel and St. Columba's United Reformed Churches.

Ministry Enquirers' Day

Is It I Lord? Ministry Enquiers' Day - 6th April 2019

Ministry Enquiers' Day Saturday 6th April 2019 - Luther King House, Manchester

  • Explore opportunities for service through the United Reformed ministry-enquirers-day-2019Church
  • Ask the questions that are on your mind and heart
  • Hear from people engaged in a variety of lay and ordained ministries
  • Listen for the voice of God as we worship and pray together

For full details contact:  -   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Becoming Easter Exhibition

Becoming Easter People: Exhibition of Paintings 6th March - 21st April 2019

becoming-easter-2019BECOMING EASTER PEOPLE:  Exhibition of Paintings by Elizabeth Gray-King

Christ Church United Reformed Church Wickford  - From Ash Wednesday to Easter Day 2019 

Elizabeth works for the Department of learning and education at Church House. She is a Minister, an artist, and educationalist. 

'Becoming Easter People' has a spiritual dimension: there is a picture for each week's theme for your Lent Bible Studies or Prayer Meetings. You may choose biblical texts for each week, to match up individual themes with appropriate lesson for your Lent Bible Group. Christ Church can send some samples electronically, if you wished. Schools, Art Groups, Organisations etc. may book a particular date and time to visit spend an hour or so, for their art class: teaching or learning. Art material is available free of charge. 

Visit anytime Monday, Wednesday or Friday 10.00am - 4.00pm  Everyone is welcome contact Christ Church

Website: Christ Church Wickford     Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Download: Becoming Easter Poster      Download:  Becoming Easter Event Details 

Graham Kendrick

Graham Kendrick - Keep the Banner Flying High -  27th April 2019

graham-kendrick-2019The Apex Bury St Edmunds - Presented by Southgate Church 

Keep the Banner Flying High!   Saturday 27th April 2019 - 7.30 pm 

Tickets at £17 (including £1 booking fee)  Contact - The Apex Box Office, 1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD.   Telephone 01284 758000 | The Apex box office  

Presented by Southgate Church as a fundraising event for the local Christian Charity, Chaplain in the Workplace.

Download: Graham Kendrick Poster   -  Watch Graham on YouTube  - Keep The Banner Flying High

The Art of Spiritual Direction

art-of-spiritual-directionA one-year introductory course in Cambridge  September 2018 – May 2019 

Dates: Mondays during term time, excluding half-terms;  11am –3.45pm 17th September 2018 - 20th May 2019 

Venues: All course sessions held at The Stable Rooms, St Andrew's Histon, Cambridge.
Residential weekend held at Bishop Woodford House in Ely.

Fees: Non returnable booking fee of £10.00 - Course fee of £850 includes the residential weekend  

This is primarily an experiential course, led by a team of experienced tutors and offered by
The Cambridgeshire Courses in Spiritual Direction  (CCSD). CCSD, a charitable  organisation, delivered its first programme in 2002 and since 2014, has been part of the Society of Retreat Conductors. It aims to offer participants a wide range of experience in: - Ways of praying  - traditions of Christian spirituality - the ministry of spiritual direction 

To discover more about the course please visit CCSD Website     Download: The Art of Spiritual Direction Poster and Booking Details

Clare Priory Retreat 2019

Clare Priory Retreat 28th June - 30th June 2019  

Care-for-the-soul-clare-priory copyCARE FOR THE SOUL - This retreat will be led by Revd Mary Irish and Sister Karen Knight.

Friday 28th June - Sunday 30th June 2019 - 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 EM or Lay Preachers allowances if applicable. 

The Closing date for booking is 1st June 2019.         Download: Clare Priory Retreat Booking Form  

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 

The Big Speak Out 5-7th July 2019

The Big Speak Out: 5th to 7th July 2019

big-speak-out-front-2019After the success of last year's Big Speak Out, we are delighted to announce that 11 to 18 year olds associated with the URC will be able to take part in another TBSO weekend this year, this time in the beautiful Derbyshire village of Repton. Repton School is a beautiful old boarding school which takes over much of the village and we have the use of two boarding houses with full catering for the weekend. On Friday from 6pm onwards, you'll settle into your room in one of the two boarding houses and share in a delicious hot meal. There will be times to explore your faith, develop skills and talents and think about making your mark, times to hang out with old friends and make new ones, times to play games, watch movies, share in worship, take part in workshops, to discuss, to learn, to make music or do craft, and times to chill and relax. What an action packed weekend!

As last year, there will be a Leaders' Gathering running simultaneously for adults who work with children and young people. Leaders should contact the CYW office for more information. Early bird bookings before 5pm Friday 26 April £69  Bookings after 5pm Friday 26 April £85  Bookings close Monday 10 June 2019 Remember, if finance is an issue, you can ask your church, your synod or the CYW small grants fund for assistance.

Download: The Big Speak Out Booking Form 

Bradwell Gathering Pilgrimage

Bradwell Gathering Pilgrimage - 6th July 2019

bradwell-gathering-july-2018Bradwell Pilgrimage has been running in one way, shape or form for nearly 100 years and gathers people from across Essex (and beyond) for a day of pilgrimage, worship and activities at the historic St Peter’s Chapel in Bradwell-on-Sea. (You can read more about the chapel here)

The 2019 Bradwell Pilgrimage and Gathering will take place on Saturday 6th July and will run from 10:30am until 3:45pm.

The details of the day are currently being finalised but you can expect:

  • A Pilgrimage walk, starting at St Thomas’ Church in Bradwell and arriving at St Peter’s Chapel for worship.
  • Activities for the whole family (including children and young people)
  • Inspiring talks.
  • A chance to experience the ‘thin place’ where St Cedd sailed down from Lindisfarne to share the message of  Jesus with the East Saxons 1300 years ago. 
  •  Download:  Bradwell Gathering Poster                       Website: Bradwell Pilgrimage

    URC Holiday Forum 2019

    URC Holiday Forum 2019 - A story waiting to be told - 17th - 23rd August 2019

    hoiliday-forum-1-2018URC HOLIDAY FORUM 2019 Saturday 17th to Friday 23rd August 2019. We would like to invite you to join us in Swanwick in August for URC Holiday Forum 2019 on the theme of A story waiting to be told.

    FUN, FAITH and FELLOWSHIP A Christian holiday for all ages at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire DE55 1AU. 

    A story waiting to be told… We can’t change history but there are many untold stories which can change the future through how history is remembered. Telling the story is what Jesus did so well and new stories can be told through fiction and non-fiction; gospel and testimony; song and poetry so come and write a new story or, as the Psalmist says, sing a new song to the Lord! Behind every story written and heard there are many more waiting to be told and YOUR story is what the Lord wants you to tell. This is a week to be inspired and inspire with visions and dreams knowing that if you can imagine something it is possible with God.

    • Theme Leader - Revd Richard Becher
    • Worship Leaders - Revd Iain McLaren and Steven Neville
    • Music Leader – Marion Turner (and friends) 

    Look online: URC Holiday Club Forum 2019  on Facebook and Twitter.  If you wish to book for Holiday Forum 2019, please use the Booking Form on this website or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

    In Harmony - Free Church Choirs

    In Harmony - Biennial Festival of Church Music at Guildford Cathedral 12th October 2019

    Biennial Festival of Church Music at Guildford Cathedral - Saturday 12 October 2019

    Our next Festival in Guildford Cathedral are well under way. The theme of the service is “Stewards of Creation” and the anthems to be sung are:-

    • Jubilate Deo  -  Pamela Colversonin-harmony-small-2019
    • Give to our God immortal praise -  Christopher Norton
    • This is my Father’s world -  arr. Sally DeFord
    • For the beauty of the earth -  David Blackwell
    • Creation -  Andrew Winton
    • Jesus shall reign - Hatton arr. Shaw
    • O Lamb of God - John Taverner
    • Look at the world -  John Rutter
    • Day by day -  Martin How
    • Now the day is over  - Sidney J. Suckling

    We hope that many of you will be able to join us either as part of a choir, or as an individual singer. The anthem books will be available from the middle of February and the cost per book is £11 which includes postage or £10 if collected. The books contain the conductor’s notes for use at local choir practices.

    Website: Free Church Choirs 

    Safeguarding Training 2019

    Safeguarding Training Good Practice 2019

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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 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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