Spring Schools

Eastern Synod and Thames North Ministers Spring School 2017spring-school-france-2017

The next Spring School is on 8th to 12th May 2017

At Maison Diocesaine de'Accueil, Merville, France

The theme is "Church in the Market Square"

Our programme for this Spring School will give us time to look at some of the current issues of being church in Europe. We expect to take some time to explore and reflect on the effects of BREXIT, the refugee situation and our place in an increasingly secular society. We might even find the space to touch on our Christian identity in the light of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation!

Download: Spring School Booking Form 2017

Reflection on Spring School 2015  - held on 27th April - 1st May 2015 - Maison Diocesaine de'Accueil, Merville, France.   French Battlefields trip

Staying in Merville we explored issues of war and peace and faith within the particular context of the First World War. The School included visits to significant sites as well as time for reflection and worship, along with the usual space for relaxation and fellowship. 

Download: Reflection on Spring School 2015 Report and Pictures   

Download: Mary Playfords' Reflection on Spring School 

Autumn Get Togethers

Ministers' Get-Together: 18th - 20th  September 2017Launde-Chapel-in-the-ground-2-150x150

Launde Abbey East Norton, Leicestershire LE7 9XB

Monday 18th - Wednesday 20th September 2017   Theme:  Going Beyond Ourselves

The conference begins with afternoon tea at 4.30 pm and closes with lunch on 20th September 2017

For 2017 we will be spending time in the stunning surroundings of Launde Abbey. All rooms are en-suite. Our surroundings will help us to focus our hearts and minds on our subject matter for our time together which is nurturing of both our personal spiritual life and that of the churches we serve This time together will help us prepare ourselves for Walking the Way—Living the Life of Jesus Today. Nicola Grieves our Children & Youth Development Officer, Paul Whittle our Moderator and I will be contributing to our time together and leading our theme-linked worship. Our guest speaker who will lead our keynote sessions is Revd Wayne Hawkins and we are delighted to welcome Dr Alison Gray to lead our times of Bible Study. Here is an introduction to them both.

The charge for this event is £170 and can be eligible for EM funding. Please contact   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Download: Ministers Get Together Booking Form

Other conferences

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.

The Westminster Refresher Course - 23rd - 26th June 2014

refresher-course-june-westmJoin us and be refreshed in your service and ministry. Take a few days out to recharge and renew. Come and be amongst the very first people to enjoy the completed redevelopment of Westminster Colleger Cambridge, as the college enters its new phase of life and work in fulfilment of the wishes of General Assembly and thanks to the devotion and generosity of so many across the URC. Enjoy our brand new and superb facilities, including en suite bedrooms for all. Meet friends and colleagues. Enjoy fine food, comfortable and new surroundings and a spacious programme that offers rich content without being overly full.

Download: Westminster Refresher Course Details and Booking Form

Conference Reports

Report's on the Ministers' Autumn Get Together - Belsey Bridge

MTG picture 2015The Minsters' Autumn Get Together on 21st - 23rd September 2015 - Image or Idol?   Download: Report from Revd Nigel Uden

The Ministers' Autumn Get Together 22nd - 24th September 2014 - Grappling with Changing Times and Changing Roles  Download: Report from Revd Andrew Kleissner

The Ministers' Autumn Get Together  23rd - 25th September 2013 - "Changing Times Changing Roles"    Download: Report from Revd Peter Goodhall (ChristChurch Braintree)

The Ministers' Autumn Get Together 10th - 12th September 2012 - The theme was HOPE Speakers was Ann Morisy author of (Beyond the Good Samaritan) and Roy Crown Executive Directors of HOPE.   Download: Report from Revd Dr Catherine Ball

Report's on The Biblical Conference's

Absorbing biblical seminar day on ‘Remembrance, weeping and peace-makingat Westminster College in Cambridge on 3rd September 2014


Relevant on the 100th anniversary of the start of the 'Great' War, about thirty ministers and lay people in the United Reformed Church attended an absorbing biblical conference at Westminster College on Remembrance, Weeping and Peace Making. It was taught by the Revd Dr Janet Tollington, tutor of Old Testament and Hebrew, in the morning and in the afternoon by the Revd Dr John Bradbury, tutor of Theology and Church History.

Download: Report from Revd Dr Catherine Ball

Ministers Biblical Day Conference on 5th September 2013 at Whittlesford United Reformed Church. The Theme was "Partnership and Resource sharing in the church".

Download:Report from Faith Paulding

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