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. Report and more Pictures to follow shortly.

Lay Preachers and Worship Leaders Courses August-September 2017

Lay Preachers &  Worship Leaders
14th-16th August - 16th-18th August - 6th-8th September - 8th-10th September 2017

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Join us and be better equipped in your service and ministry. Take a couple of days out to recharge and renew. Enjoy worship, teaching, good food and conversation. Content will be tailored to the group so it will be suitable for those who are experienced or new to worship leading. Sessions will include ‘Reformation and music: Psalms through the ages’, ‘Reformation and the Contemporary world’, ’Seeing the Old Testament through Reformation Art’ and ‘Paul’s letter to the Romans’
Enjoy the welcome and hospitality of Westminster College, hosted by members of the college teaching staff. Due to their immense popularity, we run Lay Preachers four times a year now, so you’re bound to find a date that fits with your diary.

Leaders: Westminster Teaching Staff
Cost: £120 single room, £240 double room, £43 non resident     More information: Leaflet
To book: complete the Booking Form and return to Claudia on , or by post to Tutorial Office, Westminster College, Cambridge, CB3 0AA

Lay  - Those who have an active ministry leading worship in the local church, or those who have a general interest in worship and the Bible. We've had a long tradition of running Lay Preachers courses at Westminster. They've been a staple and wonderful part of the yearly pattern of our life in the college. They give people, whether they be accredited lay preachers, worship leaders, or Christians who want to learn, a chance to be fed in a host of ways. The whole experience is rooted in prayer, worship and fine hospitality. Assembly—Accredited Lay Preachers may apply for funding from the URC for this course. Some Synods are also willing to fund others who are locally recognised preachers, or who take part in leading worship. Please contact your Synod Training Officer for details. - Non – Accredited Lay Preachers may be able to secure a grant from The Lady Hewley Trust. To apply for this, please ask for details from the college office. Some bursary funds may also be available if other sources of financial support cannot be found. Ask about these if needed. We don't want anyone to be excluded purely on financial grounds. Also available: Cheshunt Education Fund. For more details contact Westminster College

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.

Constance Coltman Centenary Celebrations

Constance Coltman Centenary Celebrations 16 - 17th September 2017


constance-c-News images 554x415It is my great pleasure to invite you to a special Service to celebrate the centenary of the ordination of the Revd Constance Coltman, who was one of the first women to be ordained to the ministry in a mainstream British denomination. A thanksgiving service to mark the Centenary will be held on Sunday 17 September 2017 at 3pm at the American International Church on Tottenham Court Road in London at  3pm and will be followed by refreshments. The preacher will be Revd Dr Susan Durber and taking part will be international guests from the wider family of the Council for World Mission. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register your interest.


There will be two public events to mark this important centenary to which all are warmly invited:

On Saturday 16 September at 1pm there will be a public lecture at the Dr Williams Library, 14 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1H 0AR, at 1pm. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register your interest. More details will be made available in due course.

The centenary is an important event in the life of the United Reformed Church and the Congregational Federation and we would be delighted and honoured if you would attend. RSVP This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. I look forward to seeing you on 17th September.


Website: URC for details on Constance Coltman 

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 Poster         Website: URC Down in the River  

Gospel Street-Touring-the-UK

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

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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

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

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.

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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