Southwold Lent Lectures 2018

Southwold Lent Lectures  February 18th - 25th - March 2018  

southwold-lent-lectures-2018This year our lectures will focus on some great Christian thinkers and how they have helped the lecturers in the understanding of their faith.

All Lectures will begin at 6.00 p.m. on Sunday evenings in the United Reformed Church, High Street, Southwold,  IP18 6DS

  • 18 February  - Henry Newman, Anglican prophet to the Catholic Church - Professor Eamon Duffy
  • 25 February - Robert Browne: Grandfather of Western Democracy? - The Revd Charles Croll
  • 4 March  - William Blake - The Very Rev Dr Christopher Lewis
  • 11 March - Martin Luther - The Rt Revd Martin Seeley
  • 18 March  - "There is no God behind the Back of Jesus Christ": The Mediation of Christ in the Theology of T.F. Torrance
    The Revd Dr Alex Irving
  • 25 March - John Wesley and the Pursuit of Holiness - The Revd Christine Kennell

Womens World Day of Prayer

Women's World Day of Prayer - will you be part of it this year - 2nd March 2018 

womens-world-day-of-prayer-2018Women's World Day of Prayer has come such a long way. What started as separate days of prayer organised by individual denominations in America, as early as 1887, has become a truly international and ecumenical World Day of Prayer.

This year the service on FRIDAY 2ND MARCH 2018, entitled ALL GOD’S CREATION IS VERY GOOD!, has been written by Women from Surinam, Northern part of South America.

Today, around 170 countries take part. The service is translated into more than 60 languages and 1000 dialects. Starting in Western Samoa, travelling westwards around the Globe, ending in American Samoa, it takes 36 hours from start to finish.The Women's World Day of Prayer design comprises arrows converging from the four points of the compass, four figures kneeling in prayer, the Celtic cross and a circle representing the world and our unity through all our diversity.

This year, YOU too can be part of this truly International, Interdenominational, Ecumenical and Wonderful Day of Praise and Prayer.
THIS SERVICE IS FOR EVERYBODY, not just women, so MEN, let’s have more of you in attendance. To find a Service that is local to you can chose to telephone 01892 541411, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit the www.wwdp.org.uk    Download: Women's World Day of Prayer Poster

Shaping Our Worship

shaping-our-worshipShaping Our Worship: Weddings and Funerals - 7th March 2018

A conference hosted by the Joint Liturgical Group of Great Britain 

    Wednesday 7th March 2018  - 10.30 a.m for 10.45 a.m, close 4.00 p.m

    Venue: St Aloysius Parish Centre, 20 Phoenix Road, Euston, London NW1 1TA (next to Euston Station)      Cost: £25 per person, includes lunch

    Website: Joint Liturgical Group             Download:  Poster for booking details    

    God's Bucket Fillers Childern's/Youth Synod

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    Saturday 17th March  10.00am - 4.00pm at St Johns United Reformed Church, 1 Cowper Street, Ipswich, IP4 5JD  

    Gladness, Generosity, Prayer - Come and make new friends, have fun and explore what it means to be a 'bucket filler' for God, through games, craft, worship and workshops. 

    For information and booking form please e-mail 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. at the Synod Office

    Download: Children's and Youth Synod Poster  - Download: Booking Form  God's Bucket Fillers 

    Council For World Mission Calendar

    cwmCouncil for World Mission 40th Anniversary  Event Calendar for 2018

    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 -2018

    There are no Ordinary People

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    An unforgettable evening of story telling, theatre, music and mirth with renowned speaker and author Jeff Lucas and the Searchlight Theatre Company

    Southgate Church, Bury St Edmunds on Saturday 24th March at 7.15 pm

    Tracing the story of Barnabas, a largely overlooked character who contributed so much to the life of the early church, the evening will call you to live the everyday life in a beautiful way.  Barnabas is a tremendous example of generosity, encouragement, believing the best, volunteering, and being a practical servant in the church. His life also teaches us important lessons about maintaining unity and navigating conflict.  A brilliant evening suitable for all - come and be entertained, inspired and encouraged.

    Tickets cost £10 can be purchased online at:  Searchlight Theatre or from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on 01284 703705. Please note that ticket prices will increase to £12 from 1 March.  Refreshments will be available during the interval. 

    For any further information contact Bob Jones on 07711 619980.  Download:  There are no Ordinary People Poster for more information and printing. 

    Aspects of the Cross

    Draw Breath and Reflect upon.......... Aspects of the Cross - 24th March 2018

    black-cross-2018Saturday 24th March 2018 - the Cost: will be £15.00 per person, which will include lunch, refreshments, events and resources. 

    In the busyness of life we all need the opportunity to step back and spend time in the company of God reflecting upon life, our faith and what God is calling us to. These days will have a different emphasis allowing a variety of approaches that make the most of Westminster’s stunning buildings and facilities. In March we will be focusing on Aspects of the cross. If you think you would like to take longer than a day with us why not consider our “In the Company of” initiative that allows for some guided reflection.

    Download:  Aspects of the Cross Booking Form  Print and complete the booking form (pdf), or alternatively contact Annmarie on , or by post to Tutorial Office, Westminster College, Cambridge, CB3 0AA

    Vocations Enquirers Conference

    Vocations/Enquirers' Conference Events 2018

    There are two Assembly-organised Enquirers events in 2018 for people interested in a range of ministries in the church:

    Saturday 24th March 2018 - 10.00am – 4.00pm Luther King House, Manchester    

    Saturday 10th November 2018 - 10.00am - 4.00pm -Westminster College, Cambridge 

    Explore opportunities for service through the United Reformed Church and ask the questions that are in your heart and mind.  If you have any practical enquiries, please direct these by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,  or call 0207 916 8649.

    Fort Rocky The Ultimate Weekend

    fortrocky-2018Fort Rocky Cambridge 2018 - The Ultimate Weekend 20th - 22nd April 2018

    Fort Rocky Cambridge 2018  -  Cambridge & District YFC 

    Friday, 20th April, at  7:30pm to Sunday 22nd April at - 3pm   -  Letton Hall, Shipdham, Norfolk
     
    It costs just £78.00, or £68.00 if you book early. You can book your place by paying a small deposit 
     
    The ultimate weekend for 11-14s. Fort Rocky offer a great mix of fantastic indoor and outdoor activities, plus the chance to discover life in Jesus. Have a fabulous time with our action packed programme, whilst creating lasting memories and deepening friendships. A weekend to remember!  Whether you enjoy starring in the cabaret, speeding round the karting track, diving for cover in the wide game or just spending a whole weekend hanging out with your mates. Fort rocky has an amazing time in store for you. At Fort Rocky our team make the programme happen, so that young people and youth leaders can enjoy more time together. You don't even have to wash up! 
     
    Fort Rocky is a place where we talk about God in engaging and interactive ways. Through life stories, challenges and fun, you'll be invited to live life to the full with Jesus. It could be the best discovery you ever made!       View Website: Fort Rocky Booking Form and Information 

    Linton 200th Anniversary Celebrations

    Linton Free Church - 200th anniversary celebrations of the present church building

    linton-2018Sunday 29th April 10.30am  Morning worship led by Rev J Proctor National General Secretary,
    The United Reformed Church 

    2pm - 4pm Cream teas in the hall - Children’s activities   Discover : Our history and our present activities.

    Do you have memories of the church – bring along your memorabilia to show and share.

    Download: Linton Free Church Poster 

    Soul Survivor Celebration Event

    Soul Survivor Celebration Event Cambridge 12th May 2018

    soul-survivor-2018Ely Diocese and St Barnabas Church Cambridge present a Celebration Event with Mike Pilavachi and the Soul Survivor Band in partnership with the Cambridge Youthwork Collective

    Saturday 12th  May 2018 - 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM at St. Barnabas Church, Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 2BD

    For Young people (11-18s), but all welcome - Cost: £1 booking via Eventbrite in advance / £3 on the door

    For more information, see:  Mission Events Ely Diocese (Young People)  

    Website: Soul Survivor Celebration Eventbrite for booking details

    Crossfire URC Youth Camp

    Crossfire is a United Reformed Church Youth Camp - 25th - 28th May 2018

    cflogo-large-wborderCrossfire is a United Reformed Church Youth Camp -  25th - 28th May Second May Bank Holiday Weekend 2018 (Friday - Monday) £30.00 when booked before 30th March 2018 (£40 after)  Crossfire will be held at Stathern Lodge Farm, Nr. Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE14 4EX. 

    crossfireThere will be the usual mix of talks, small group sessions, sung worship lead by the Crossfire worship band, night walks and fantastic cooked food. 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) brought to you by GEAR and United Reformed Church Youth as part of the United Reformed Church.  All of the Crossfire camps are dedicated to provide a safe place to meet with God, to discover and be reminded of all Jesus Christ has accomplished on the cross, and to learn how to live a gospel centred life … and have a lot of fun doing so!

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

    Transforming Faith, Transforming Life

    Transforming Faith, Transforming Life 23rd June 2018

    TLS-logo-2017A thanksgiving service for Training for Learning and Serving (TLS)

    The Church at Carrs Lane, Birmingham (Directions can be found at http://carrslane.co.uk/)

    23rd June 2018  - Worship will begin at 11.30 a.m.

    Preacher: Revd John Proctor, United Reformed Church General Secretary 

    Drinks will be available from 10.30 a.m. and a buffet lunch will be served from 1 p.m.

    The event is free and no tickets are required but it will be helpful for catering numbers if you could indicate your intention to attend by e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   by Friday 1st June 2018 

    Clare Priory Retreat 2018

    Clare Priory Retreat 29th June - 1st July 2018

    take-time-for-gift-grace-1-2018 copyTIME FOR THE GIFT OF GRACE - This retreat will be led by Revd Mary Irish and Sister Karen Knight.

    Friday 29th June - Sunday 1st July 2018 - 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 Lay Preachers allowances if applicable. 

    The Closing date for booking is 1st June 2018.         Download: Clare Priory Retreat Booking Form    Download: Clare Priory Retreat Poster 

    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 

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