Eastern Synod Elders' Roadshows

Eastern Synod Elders' Roadshows - May - June 2019  

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For Elders, Ministers, Stewards, Deacons, and all in local Church service

    • Monday May 20th - Wickford United Reformed Church 
    • Tuesday May 21st - Ipswich Road United Reformed Church, Norwich
    • All May Roadshows start from 7.00pm for 7.30pm start
    • Saturday June 22nd - Hadleigh United Reformed Church, Suffolk from 10.00am for a 10.30am start

 Delivered by the Mission and Training Team 

For further information please contact Mission and Training Officer - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Crossfire URC Youth Camp

Crossfire is a United Reformed Church Youth Camp - 24th - 27th May 2019


Crossfire is a weekend youth Christian camp which is run by GEAR (Group for Evangelism and Renewal in the United Reformed Church in conjunction with URC Youth. It has been running for over 35 year and this year event is being held from 24 to 27 May at Stathern Lodge Farm Nr. Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 4EX. Bookings are now open to young people aged 12 and upwards at a cost of £40, with an Early Bird offer or £30 available until 30 March. And if you don't have your own tent you can arrange to hire one for a nominal fee. 

Its a fun weekend of talks, small group sessions, sung worship led by the Crossfire worship band and fantastic cooked food. Expect a great weekend of learning more about Jesus, fun activities and meeting new people.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)  All of the Crossfire camps are dedicated to provide a safe place to meet. The main speaker for the event will be Yan Nicholls and you can find out more about him on the website.  

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

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

Coffee Cake Create Prayer Discussion

Coffee Cake Create Evening Discussion and Prayer - 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 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 

Pentecostals and Charismatics in Britain

Pentecostals and Charismatics in Britain - An Anthology -  26th June 2019 

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Published by SCM Press - Edited by Joe Aldred - Foreword by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and contains the most up-to-date set of essays on the subject of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity in Britain today. 

SCM Press and Churches Together in England are hosting 2 book launches in, London and Manchester.

Wednesday 26 June from 7pm - Luther King House, Chapel Suite, Brighton Grove, Manchester, M14 5JP

All events are FREE to attend. To register please sign up to Pentecostals Book Launch    Download: Pentecostals Poster

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 

Old Testament in a Day

Old Testament in a Day 29th June and 2nd November 2019

All Welcome - Come along to this Bible Study Day on one of the dates below:old-testament-2019


  • Saturday 29th June 2019 - 10am - 4pm - St Andrew's Peterborough 
  • Saturday 2nd November 2019 - 10am - 4pm - The East Midlands Synod Meeting Room 

Don't forget to bring your own lunch 

Booking is essential, to book please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the East Midlands Synod Office - Tel 0115 9609241

Download: Old Testament in a Day Poster 

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

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    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 

    GEAR Refreshing Ministry Conference

    Refreshing Your Ministry Conference 19th-21st November 2019

    gear-bannerRefreshing your Ministry Conference 19th to 21st November 2019 - High Leigh Conference Centre, Hertfordshire

    Tue 19th November (lunch) to Thu 21st November (lunch included)

    Walking in the Spirit            Keeping in step with the Spirit as we Walk the Way

    This gathering builds on the previous successful events in recent years and includes teaching input, Bible studies and worship, space for prayer plus valuable down-time with colleagues away from regular responsibilities. This is for serving URC Ministers and CRCWs, and this year is extended to include Synod-appointed Local Leaders, and retired ministers who are in pastoral charge. The cost is £180 - You may be eligible for an EM2/3 training grant, and should enquire of your Synod Training Officer. Either the booking fee (£40, balance due by 30th Sept 2019) or full payment is required when making your booking. This includes bookings which will be paid for using EM2/3 grants.

    Speakers include...   Neil Hudson, London Institute of Contemporary Christianity  -  John Proctor, General Secretary, URC   and 
    Steve Uppal, All Nations Christian Centre

    To book your place view GEAR Website or contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Safeguarding Training 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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