Inter Faith Week 2019

Growing Inter Faith Understanding and Cooperation 10th and 17th November 2019

inter-faith-week-2019Inter Faith Week 2019 will take place between Sunday 10th and Sunday 17th November.

Inter Faith Week’s aims are to:

  • Strengthen good inter faith relations at all levels
  • Increase awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK, in particular celebrating and building on the contribution which their members make to their neighbourhoods and to wider society
  • Increase understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs

This is an opportunity to join the many faith, belief and interfaith bodies as well as community organisations, charities, businesses and others who will be taking part in Interfaith Week this year. 

INTER FAITH WEEK 2019 FLYER for hard copies of the flyer visit the website.  The materials and activity listings on this website currently relate to Inter Faith Week 2018. These will be replaced/ removed once the final report on the 2018 Week is published along with the complete list of activities 

Website: Inter Faith Week for further information - about page and background on the History page.

Crossfire URC Youth Camp

Crossfire is a United Reformed Church Youth Camp  15th-17th November 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 years

Friday 15th to Sunday 17th November 2019 - Bonsall Camp, Uppertwon Lane Bonsall, Derbyshire, DE4 2AW  
Cost: £15 when booked before 20 September (£25 after)

Crossfire Plus is an opportunity for young adults aged 16+ to explore more about their faith in Jesus Christ through sharing ideas, worship, and scripture. You don't need to have come to the May Crossfire camp in order to come to Plus and don't worry, we won't be camping in November - Bonsall has plenty of indoor accommodation.          Website:   Crossfire for more information and booking details.   

Crossfire Camp 2020

Friday 22nd to Monday 25th May 2020 -  Stathern Lodge Farm, Nr Melton Mowbray LE14 4EX 
Cost: £30 when booked before 31st March 2020 (£40 after)

Need to hire a tent? £10 for individual tent hire or £5 per person if you're happy to share with a friend. Crossfire is a camp for young people aged 12+ years (year 7 upwards) brought to you by GEAR and URC Youth. 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.

Jump Street Youth Event 2019

Eastern Synod Youth Event Jump Street 17th November 2019

jump-street-2019Jump Street 17th November 2019 4.30pm - 6.30pm - Jump Street in Colchester, 21 Mason Road, Cowdray Centre, Colchester, Essex, is a massive indoor trampoline park in that provides an adrenaline rush for all ages.

The Event is for young people aged between 11 to 18 A meal is included Pizza, Chicken Nuggets, Curly Fries, Garlic Bread Slices, Crisps Salad and drinks. The cost for the event is £5 per person.

This is a great opportunity for Young People from across the synod to come together in a fun and active way and to meet young people from other churches. Please encourage Young People to come along and have fun.

Download: Jump Street Booking Form 

For further information please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Children’s and Youth Development Officer Tel:  07515721172

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.

Westminster College Training Events 2019-2020


Welcome to Westminster, where
imagination inspires faith and living


There are a range of events at Westminster College, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0AA  throughout the year. Click on the link below for further information and to book a place. 

Save the date for 2020
Ministers Refresher Week - Monday 16th - Friday 20th March 
Life Together - LEPs Today and Tomorrow - Saturday 6th June

Website:    Westminster College Resource Centre for Learning   Website:    Westminster College Windows of opportunity          Westminster College Facebook

The Gathering New Expressions of Church-2020

The Gathering for all New Expressions of Church 2020

gathering-2019"Fresh expressions are new forms of church that emerge within contemporary culture and engage primarily with those who don't go to church"

An invitation to apply for an extraordinary gift from United Reformed Church Mission and Westminster College Cambridge. The Gathering will be a network of prayerful mutual encouragement which will convene for three 24-hour meetings in 2020 (plus in-between via a social media) and meetings thereafter to be arranged. 

January 21st-22nd - July 17th-18th - October 12th-13th 2020

The URC is committed to supporting people who have set up new types of church and are now exploring the way forward in faith. Together with URC Westminster College Cambridge, we are delighted to invite applications to join The Gathering of teams who are intentionally developing and nurturing new types of worshipping communities and fresh expressions of church alongside our more traditional churches.        

All fresh expressions of church share similar values, though they vary as to their position on the journey. The values are:

  • Missional - serving those outside church 
  • Contextual - listening to people and entering their culture
  • Formational - making discipleship a priority
  • Ecclesial - forming 'church'
  • Download: The Gathering Information Sheet

    Xcellr8 Weekend 2020

    Xcellr8 Weekend 2020 – Investig8 - 14th -16th February 2020

    xcellr8-2019Xcellr8 2020  residential weekend 14th – 16th February 2020 
    Histon Baptist Church - 7pm Friday 14th February - 2pm Sunday 16th February 2020

    Xcellr8 is a fab weekend for children aged 8-11 where fun, friendship and faith are on the agenda. Our 2020 theme is 'Investig8' where we aim to discover more about Jesus. Xcellr8 has been running for over 15 years and has a maximum limit of 64 children. Xcellr8 has been fully booked in recent years by mid-November, so please don't leave it too late to enquire/book! - Please note that children must be 8 years old by the time of the weekend; 11 year olds must be in year 6.

    For a booking form please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – 01223 302272 

    GENERAL ENQUIRIES - contact -  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   - Tel: 01223 237874 - Mobile 07597 292239 - Download: Investig8 Flyer    Website: 

    Ministry Enquirers' Day

    Ministry Enquirers' Day - 22nd February 2020

    Ministry Enquirers' Day Saturday 22nd February 2020 - Northern College, Luther King House, Manchester

    • Explore opportunities for service through the United Reformed ministry-enquirers-day-2019Church
    • Ask the questions that are on your mind and in your heart
    • Hear from people engaged in a variety of lay and ordained ministries
    • Listen for the voice of God as we worship and pray together

    For full details contact:  -   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Download:  Voactions Ministry Enquirers' Day Poster

    URC Spirituality Gathering

     URC Spirituality Gathering - 28th February - 1st March 2020

    Spirituality-gathering-2020The URC Spirituality Gathering weekend - Seeking God in words and quietness from the 28th February to 1st March 2020 at Westminster College in Cambridge.  

    Enabled by: Mark Argent, Ann Barton, Richard Church, Marion Thomas, Susan Durber and Terry Hinks

    Drawing on the resources of Walking the Way and the URC Retreat Group. Book early as tickets are limited. 

    Download: URC Spirituality Booking Form 

    JPIT National Conference 2020

    JPIT National Conference, Saturday 7 March 2020, Derby

    jpit-renewal-and-rebellion-2020The Riverside Centre, Riverside Court, Derby, DE24 8HY - Saturday 7th March 2020 

    Is our economic system, with its principle of endless growth, destroying our environment and driving inequality? How should we live when facing environmental emergency and human suffering?

    Join us for Renewal and Rebellion: Faith, Economy and Climate as we rethink economic structures and consider radical steps towards climate justice – in faith, for people and for the planet. Be inspired and provoked to pray, speak and act boldly for justice and peace in a new decade.

    Featuring former Labour leader Ed Miliband, Katherine Trebek, Ross Greer MSP, Christine Allen and Anthony Reddie, with worship, workshops, panel discussion, poetry, art and conversation.

    For more information and to book your place, visit

    For enquiries or help booking tickets, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 020 7916 8632.

    Download: JPIT National Conference flyer

    Faith in Maintenance Free Workshops

    Faith In Maintenance FREE Workshops - 21st March 2020

    faith-in-maintenance-2019-20 copy"Stave off decay by daily care." - William Morris
    Maintenance might not be the most glamorous side of managing historic places of worship, but it can make all the difference. A little time spent on a basic building 'MOT' can save a great deal of money at a later date, but where do you start and what should you do? This FREE workshop will give many of the answers with professional advice and practical sessions.

    Faith in Maintenance is an award-winning course from SPAB (the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) and thanks to support from National Lottery Players, we are delighted to be offering it to parishes and organisations in the Diocese of Ely. 

    This is a fantastic opportunity to develop your skills and meet other people from across the Diocese. This workshop is open to anyone looking after an historic place of worship as long as the buildings falls within the boundaries of the Diocese of Ely. It is open to all faiths and organisations. Light refreshments will be provided throughout the day, but we kindly ask that you bring a packed lunch. Places are limited so we ask that no more than two people per parish or organisation attend. 

    WORKSHOP Saturday 21st March 2020, 10:00am – 4.00pm Venue: St Peter and St Pauls' Church Hall, Wisbech, PE13 1HP

    Booking and Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Historic Church Buildings Support Officer - Tel: 07948 350211 or 01353 652705 

    Download: Faith in Maintenance Poster               Download: Faith in Maintenance Press Release 

    Church Leadership Programme-2020

    Church Leadership Programme  27th April - 1st May 2020

    wydale-hall-yorkshire-2019Transforming leadership from the inside out Strengthening personal qualities, insights and skills for effective Christian leadership. The residential elements of the programme are to be held from 27th of April to the 1st of May 2020, at Wydale Hall, Yorkshire.

    What does it seek to achieve?

    • to continue to place Christian leadership within the context of vocation and ministry within the United Reformed Church
    • to enable growth in personal formation for participants, and extend the knowledge and skills necessary for effective Christian leadership
    • reflection on personal leadership experience, alongside new ways of leadership discernment
    • to develop leaders who enable United Reformed Churches to become communities of more faithful disciples, better equipped to share in the Mission of God – Walking the Way of Jesus Today

    This programme is for people in recognised church leadership roles and those in public ministry as ministers of Word and sacraments and church-related community workers. The course benefits those with some experience of Christian leadership, including those nearing retirement. There are up to 16 places each time the programme runs. The Church Leadership Programme (CLP) takes place over two residential weeks, Monday to Friday, approximately 6 months apart. The first week concentrates on the personal qualities and skills which are core to a leader; the second focuses on how these are translated within public leadership. Between the two parts there is a personal development project which is particular to each participant. It helps to put learning into practice and embeds the spiritual, emotional and intellectual changes engendered in the first week.

    Each residential week costs £265, making the total £530. Each week is in a different calendar year, making it possible for grants to be sought more easily from various sources.  Download: Church Leadership Programme Further Details 

    Free to Believe National Conference 2020

    Free to Believe National Conference - 30th July - 1st August 2020

    free-to-believe-2020High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Herts, EN11 8SG

    Liberal Theology: What is liberal faith and what does it offer to the world? 

    The liberal option is of a faith that changes and develops to meet the needs of the contemporary world. It stands for a faith that is open, inclusive and socially radical. In our time it has been championed among others by John Robinson, Paul Tillich, Jack Spong and Martin Luther King. Without it theology too easily becomes a shrivelled, narrow, bigoted discourse. Instead it looks for a liberating faith. 

    Speakers: Gary Dorrien, Peter Brain, Alex Clare-Young and Alison Micklem

    Download: Free to Believe Booking Form or contact Mrs Linda Harrison, Conference Bookings, 60 Muirhead Crescent. Bo'ness, West Lothian, EH51 9TH 

    Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.        Website:  Free to Believe

    Safeguarding Training

    Safeguarding Training Good Practice 

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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.

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