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 

Science and Faith in the Local Church-2019

Science and Faith in the Local Church 13th- 14th March 2019 


The Faraday Institute for Science and religion is organising workshops looking at science and faith in the local church.
                         13th - 14th  March:    Manchester

These workshops are aimed at church leaders, lay or ordained, and those in training. Each workshop will cover contemporary hot topics in the dialogue between Science and Religion as well as how to engage with Science and Faith in the local Church and pastoral approaches to Science-Faith issues.    Each workshop will cost £50 including a light lunch.


Download: Faraday Poster for more Information           Website: Faraday Institute 

Eastern Children's & Youth Synod

Eastern Children's and  Youth Synod - One Body: 16th March 2019 

one-bodyThe Children's and Youth Synod Meeting will be held at:  Christ Church URC, Chelmsford, CM2 0AW
Saturday 16th March 10.00am - 4.00pm

The day is for children aged between 4 and 11 (Reception to year 6) And Young People age 11 (year 7) to 18

The theme of the day is 'One Body' thinking about how no matter what age we are we all have a part to play, belonging together in Christ. There will be activities, crafts, stories, games, worship and time to chat. A picnic lunch will be provided along with soft drinks and snacks throughout the day.

This is a great opportunity for children and Young People to take part in Synod, in a fun and active way and to meet young people from other churches. Please do put this date in your diary and encourage children and Young People to come along and participate. To book a place download Booking Form  - for more information please contact

Nicola Grieves - Children's and Youth Development Officer - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Telephone: 07515721172

Fireseeds Faith Catching Fire

Fireseeds: Faith catching fire through the power of the Holy Spirit” 16th March 2019

Halstead United Reformed Church Kings Road, Halstead, Essex. CO9 1HJ. Saturday 16th March 2019 - 10.00am - 4.00pm

The main aims of this event is to give people a chance to:fireseeds-2019

Explore what the Bible says about the Holy Spirit  
Discover how to discern the Holy Spirit’s activity  
Grow in your faith and experience of God at work

It is led by Revd Paul Stokes (Director of the Dunamis Fellowship in Britain and Ireland, co-author of Growing the Church in the Power of the Holy Spirit, and Minister of Plymstock United Church, Devon).

It is open to anyone who wishes to come. Entry is completely free, we just request that people bring their own lunch. Tea/Coffee will be provided.

If anyone should wish to obtain more information about the event they can contact Revd Joshua Norris at: Tel: 01787 581180  or  Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.        

Download: Fireseeds Poster for more Information.

GYL Growing Young Leaders

GYL 'Growing Younger Leaders'  

Saturday 23rd March 2019 - 9.00am – 4.30pm - All Saints Church, Church Lane, Milton, Cambridge, CB24 6AB 

The day is targeted at young people in school years 6-8 and aims to help them:GYL-logo-2016-1jpg

  •  understand their importance to God
  •  recognise that we all belong and have a part to play
  •  reflect on their gifts and talents
  •  appreciate the importance of working together
  •  begin a leadership journey

The day will begin with breakfast at 9am and refreshments throughout the day. Lunch will be provided.
Cost for the day £12 Cheques made payable to 'GenR8' - For BACS payments - Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For further information please Email:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or  Tel: 01223 237874  or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. CYDO, URC Eastern Synod Tel: 01223 830770 
Download: GYL Booking Form

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 

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.  

    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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