Picture this…

Picture this… a woman in a hijab travelling on the tube, walking along Westminster Bridge, through Parliament Square today. What kind of looks do you think she’s getting? What kind of welcome will she receive when she walks into work, boards the tube, or crosses the square? The very fact that the picture at the […]

Greenbelt!

For those of you unaware, Greenbelt is a faith-based festival of performing arts, defined as being “when faith, arts and justice collide”. The atmosphere around the festival is second-to-none and really adds to the programme that Greenbelt and we, as the URC, offered, so part of the experience you really have to just ‘be there’ […]

Dear diary…

Part of the reason for the recent lack of blog activity is because I was waiting for the end of a string of events to report on them all in one blog! Partway through the string I realised that it goes on until about mid-October! So I’ve cut the string in half and am now […]

Happy Easter!

Just a short blog this week to say Happy Easter on behalf of Sandy and I! I hope your bank holiday weekend has been both relaxing and thought-provoking. As the weekend took us through Christ’s last meal, his death, and then the celebration of his resurrection. What did you get up to in Holy Week? […]

Church: Octopus or Bicycle?

I am extremely grateful to my colleague Sandy (we do, sometimes, actually work together!) for his fantastic blog on Lent. It begs the questions around what we do, why we do it and how it impacts our lives. This started me thinking (I know, very dangerous…) about what the church IS called to do. On […]

We do church, Sir!

I write this blog on the back of my first URC Mission Council meeting as Moderator-Elect. It was a brilliant meeting and was a good chance to network with Synod representatives, Church House staff, Synod Moderators, Committee convenors, and more! It was, of course, our chance as URC Youth to have our say in the […]

Fruit!

We get told to eat it loads, apparently up to five a day. We can include vegetables in that count, but I think this blog would somehow lose its path if I began talking about vegetables of the spirit… The New Testament tells us about the nine fruits of the spirit: “ 22 But the fruit of […]

Youth Assembly 2016 – Who, What, Why, When?

Who? The URC Youth – young people connected to the United Reformed Church, and specifically those in the age bracket from school years 10/S3 up to 25 year olds. What? A chance for the young people of the United Reformed Church to share together in community for a weekend of focussing on Jesus. We’ll be […]

Youth Assembly 2016

Bookings are now open! We’re so excited to share the first details of January’s Youth Assembly with you all! It’ll be a chance for the young people of the United Reformed Church to share together in community for a weekend of focussing on Jesus. We’ll be exploring what it means to do life together as […]

A Visit Of Contrasts

For the first time ever, we’re undertaking a Moderators’ Blog Swap with the Moderators of the URC General Assembly. Read on to hear about John’s incredible recent trip to various countries in Africa! Preaching in St Matthew’s Church in Lusaka, Zambia, was memorable; the contrasts with the average URC gave pause for thought. It was […]