Eastern Synod Mission and Training Events

Safeguarding Online Training via Zoom with Nicola.

The complete course is delivered in three 1.15 hour weekly sessions. 

Tuesdays 6th, 13th, 20th, April - 2.30pm  to 3.45pm 

Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book a place. This is great time to catch up on overdue training as when we are able to meet together again there is the possibility of a long waiting list and delays to training.


Lay Preachers On-line Gift Day

Saturday 24th April 2021 - Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information 


Church Leadership Training

We are aware that many churches will hold elections / selection for positions this spring, and also that many were not able to attend all of the sessions earlier this year, so this is a repeat of the training offered in January, for all in leadership (Ministers, Elders, Deacons, Stewards and others). 

Start at 7.30pm, 90 mins. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

Church Leadership: An Overview Thursday 6th May
Church Leadership: Mission Thursday 13th May
Church Leadership: Worship Thursday 20th May
Church Leadership: Spirituality Thursday 27th May
Church Leadership: Pastoral Care Thursday 3rd June
Church Leadership: the Secretary Thursday 10th June

Westminster College Training Events 2021

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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.  For more information on events listed below  visit  Training Events Westminster College 2021 

Online Course for Ministers - April 12th - 16th 2021 and May 10th - 19th 2021 
Online Course for Lay Preachers - April 12th - 16th  and June 21st- 25th 2021

New Insights for Worship Leaders:  Lay Preacher and Worship Leaders - Monday 9th - Wednesday 11th August 2021 AND Friday 10th - Sunday 12th September 2021  To Book: Supporting Lay Preachers Booking Form 21

Website:    Westminster College Resource Center for Learning     Westminster College Facebook

Youth re-Assembled Monthly 2021

To provide a way to learn, contribute, as well as equip young people and adults involved with the United Reformed Church (URC) in as many ways as possible, URC Youth is launching Youth re-ASSEMBLED. Each month throughout the year, URC Youth will focus on a different theme or topic.  These are:

April – Vocation: Unearthing your inner superheroYouth Reassembled news banner
May
– Hostile Environments
June – Pride month
July – World Church
August – Community
September – Environment
October – Anti-racism
November – Mental Health
December – Faith, hope and joy

For each theme there will be a range of social media posts, along with Trialogues (URC Youth’s live discussion panel broadcast on YouTube fortnightly), free Zoom events as well as practical ways that people can use to make a difference from the comfort of their own homes.

Reuben Watt, URC Youth Moderator, said: “One of the most important parts of Youth Assembly is the workshops that take place. This is where we delve deeper into topics that interest and matter to us as URC Youth. As the Assembly was cancelled, we have explored ways in which we can continue to bring young people together despite the lockdowns and restrictions. “URC Youth (dis)ASSEMBLED turned out great, and we look forward to continuing to bring young people and adults together through URC Youth re-ASSEMBLED. Do keep an eye out on URC Youth’s social media channels or speak to your Synod Youth Representative/ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. + to find out more. “We really hope that anyone between the ages of 11 to 25 with links to the URC will be able to engage with this content.”

Creating Space with Children

Creating Space with Children - 27th April 2021

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An opportunity to gather with others and explore, learn and reflect together on how ministry with children in both peer and intergenerational settings can nurture the spirituality and faith formation of all involved. Be part of a community of practice that engages in this together. It’s a learning journey for anyone working with and amongst children: church leaders, licensed lay ministers, Messy Church leaders, those in paid or voluntary roles (including toddler groups), Sunday group/children’s work leaders, helpers and parents/carers, young/junior leaders, those in uniformed organisations.

Creating Space with children is a project delivered in partnership by ROOTS for Churches,The United Reformed Church, The Methodist Church and The Church of England. Find out more about Creating space with children.

View Website: Creating space with children to book  

Lent 2021 Church Action on Poverty Sunday

Lent 2021 - Life Changing Stories

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If you run Lent programmes in your church, please consider using our Scripture on the Margins materials. In 2021, we're looking at the Acts of the Apostles, as a story of how people on the margins were empowered to go out and change the world. There will be five studies by Nick Jowett, Raj Patta, Sue Richardson, Jan Sutch Pickard and Ruth Wilde. Life-Changing Stories will be published on 8 October. If you can, please talk to the people who plan your church's Lent programme, and encourage them to bear it in mind when they start planning!

Lent 2021: Life-Changing Stories

In the Spirit's Power

The East Anglia Dunamis Project - In the Spirit's of Power 3rd to 7th May 2021

Dunmaris-2021Our East Anglia team is also putting together a taster of Dunamis' day on 27th February (over Zoom) which you are welcome to join. You don't need to be attending the East Anglia Dunamis Project to come to the online event. Please get in touch with the Bookings Administrator (Ada) if you are interested to know more.  Dunamis Project : In the Spirit’s Power - Monday evening meal until Friday lunch time (included) Belsey Bridge Conference Centre, Ditchingham, Bungay, Suffolk NR35 2DZ 

Jesus gave his followers a mission and promised the Holy Spirit to equip them for the task. Yet many Christians today have little first-hand experience of how to cooperate with the Spirit. Our understanding and expectations may be limited by a lack of teaching. Perhaps past experiences and hurts make us cautious about exploring various spiritual gifts that Jesus offers through his Holy Spirit. In the Spirit’s Power looks at how Christians, can know the presence and power of the Holy Spirit for themselves. A mix of Biblical teaching, discussion, practical experience and thoughtful reflection, you can grow in:

● Unders'tanding a variety of spiritual gifts        ● Learning to cooperate with the Spirit’s activity
● Discovering useful tests for discernment         ● Being filled with the Holy Spirit for service

Join us for this life-changing event, and discover how much more God can do in and through you ! To book a place contact the Bookings Administrator Mrs This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 07940 823 135  Booking fee is £80, with the balance due by 12th April 2021           Download - Booking Details from the Dunamis Website

Future events for 2021/2022 (prices TBA)
Mon 4 – Fri 8 Oct 2021 – The Power of Prayer
Mon 14 – Fri 18 March 2022 – The Healing Ministry of Jesus   -   Mon 3 – Fri 7 Oct 2022 – Spiritual Warfare  - TBA Spring 2023 – Listening Evangelism

Crossfire Camp 2021

Crossfire is a United Reformed Camp - 28th - 31st May 2021

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Crossfire 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. Venue: Stathern Lodge Farm, Nr Melton Mowbray LE14 4EX .

Plans for next year are already underway and we'll be in contact with more information later this year. In the meantime why not save the dates. Friday 28th - Monday 31st May 2021.  If you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to contact us. Our prayers are with you and your family at this challenging time.     
For more information and booking details go to Crossfire website.

Climate Sunday in 2021

Encourage your Church to hold a Climate Sunday in 2021

climate-sunday-2021Holding a Climate Sunday as a church is a great way to galvanise further action on Eco Church and contribute to progress on international action! Organised by a coalition of Christian charities and denominations,  the Climate Sunday initiative's goal is to facilitate 1000s of churches to take long term action themselves on climate change in the critical years ahead. By participating in the initiative, churches will also be able to raise a loud and united Christian voice for bolder action by governments in the run up to the COP26 UN climate negotiations, to be hosted by the UK in Glasgow in November 2021. This relates to the Global and Community Engagement sections of the Eco Church programme. Read more about encouraging your church to get involved here. 

Stepwise Programme 2021

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We will now be launching an online Stepwise group in late January as a way of introducing the programme to the Synod. If you would like to learn more, please watch this Stepwise film on YouTube, or to join us please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Black History Monthly 2021

URC Black History Monthly A one-hour conversation every month Third Monday Evenings @ 7.30pm on Zoom

Black-history-monthly-2021Begins Monday 15th February 2021 with a look at Ava Duvernay’s documentary “13th” available for free viewing on YouTube

United Reformed Church Legacies of Slavery Task Group. Black History is so important to our shared story that we surely can’t confine it to one month a year. We need to break out and make it something we keep learning about and exploring. So, here in the United Reformed Church we’ve decided to take a dip into Black History every month of 2021, from February onwards. Each month we’ll identify a particular nugget or sweeping overview of Black History which we’ll all be encouraged to review for ourselves, then we’ll come together on Zoom to share an hour’s discussion, exploring and teasing out how it affects all of us in our situations and settings today.

Website: URC Black History Monthly for details  

Church Leadership Programme -2021-2022

Church Leadership Programme - Transforming leadership from the inside out - 2021 to 2022

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The Church Leadership Programme (CLP) is a comprehensive programme to refresh experienced lay and ordained leaders in authentic leadership, helping church leaders to develop external skills from their core sense of being. A mix of physical and virtual learning, the course threads from September to June every academic year. Each year, participants form into a faith community, committed to each other for encouragement and support. Participants learn in joint sessions and become part of smaller learning groups with a dedicated tutor. Each participant has an individual spiritual accompanier throughout the academic year.

Strengthening personal qualities, insights and skills for effective Christian leadership  2021 The residential elements of the programme are to be held  at Hinsley Hall, Leeds. View Dates below:

First residential - September 17th-19th 2021 at Hinsley Hall, Leeds
Virtual sessions 2021 10am until 1pm - October 6th, 13th, 20th; November 3rd, 10th, 17th
Second residential - February 11th-13th 2022 at Hinsley Hall, Leeds
Virtual sessions 2022 10am until 1pm - March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th; April 6th
Third residential - June 10th-11th 2022 at Hinsley Hall, Leeds
Final virtual session 2022 10am until 1pm, - 29th June 2022

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.

To be accepted on the programme you will need a recommendation from an authorised person in your synod, usually the Training and Development Officer.    
View:  YouTube link:  Church Leadership Programme video  - Download - Programme Education for Ministry

Please register your interest to PA to the Secretary for Education & Learning, The United Reformed Church, 86 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9RT General office number: 020 7916 2020 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Enquirers' Events - Online

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Enquirers' Events Saturday 2nd October 2021

Ministry Enquirers' Event to help you to think about God's call to Worship Leading, Lay Preaching, Ministry with children and young people, the Ministry of Word and Sacraments or Church Related Community Work. Have you ever considered a ministry of some sort, lay or ordained? Has someone suggested it to you? Are you exploring a possible Call?

These Enquirers’ events will be held online on Saturday 2nd October 2021, with an invitation to visit a college afterwards for more information, if desired. They will seek to include a variety of ministries and ways that are possible, within the URC, to respond to a Call to ministry.    Contact Lindsey for further details. 

Eastern Synod Big Day Out 2021

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A Fun Day for all the family Come and  - Relax  - CreateReflectHave Fun Celebrate

Venue: Trinity Park, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich, IP3 8UH

Mission Tools

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Vision Initiatives

Find out more about:  Walking the Way Vision4Life Vision2020 and Fresh Expressions

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Safeguarding

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Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk. We work to the United Reformed Good Practice Policy and Procedures 

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Committees

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The Purpose and Mission of the Synod; the Synod Meeting; our Area Partnerships; each of our Committees and the calendar of meeting dates.

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Who's Who?

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Find out who's who on the Synod Office Team.  If you are unsure who to get in touch with, use the Contact Us 

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