Climate Change & Environmental Issues

'CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES' 14th October 2021 

from 7.00pm - 9.00pm. (Registration and joining from 6.45pm.)

It will feature background information from the Green Apostles group regarding Eco Church and the various other initiatives and information sources, and presentations telling the story of recent projects. There will be a chance to meet in breakout rooms and to ask questions.

To register contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Eastern Synod Mission and Training Events

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The latest set of dates for safeguarding are now available. The courses wll be delivered via Zoom with Nicola. 
I have divided the course into two modules, so to complete the course you will need to attend both part one and part two. 

8th November and 15th November  2.30pm - 4.00pm 
8th November and 15th November   7.30pm - 9.00pm    

Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to Register and book a place.  If you would prefer to atend a course delivered in person, please contact Nicola.


Climate Justice Matters

In the run-up to CoP26* in November Eastern Synod will be hosting three evenings online in order to tune in to God’s creation, hear its groaning, and work together on how we can take action. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a link.

25th October Session 3: Take Action:  7.30pm a two-part session hearing from and being inspired by those who are taking action now, and discussing how we as individuals, churches and wider communities can take action.

31st October Session 4: 7.30pm (under an hour) A prayer vigil the night before the start of CoP26 *CoP26 is the UN Climate Change Conference, being hosted by the UK in Glasgow and Italy in Milan, at which nations will reset their targets in the hope that we can reverse the catastrophic effects of climate change

Health, Healing and Spirituality: Living in God’s Fullness - 3rd Thursdays 

Initially we will hold sessions on 21st October, 18th November and 16th December, all at 7.30pm. Geoff Wright, Jo Patel and Lindsey Brown will be leading a series of online sessions exploring the connections between health, healing and spirituality. They may be of particular interest to those involved in pastoral visiting. The series will include the practice of resting in silence to let God speak; learning to listen (to God and to others); deepening our experience of prayer; recognising our limits; growing in confidence. We hope that this open group will eventually find its own rhythm and areas for exploration.  Register with This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Short Courses at Westminster College, Cambridge - Come Study with Us 2021 - 2022

Westminster College is delighted to be able to offer a wide range of short courses next academic year and hope that you will find something to help you go deeper in your exploration of your faith and discipleship or resources and an opportunity for reflection on your ministry. You can find a list of the  short courses Study at Westminster College.

Children and Youth Work Zoom Conversations - 18th October and 1st November 2021

18th October What’s new? Thinking about new ways of working and starting again 7.30pm 
1st November Advent and Christmas - Mission opportunities 7.30pm  

An opportunity to meet with Nicola (CYDO) and those working with children and young people in many ways across the synod. Sharing ideas, catching up on the latest resources and thinking about Advent and Christmas.  For more information and to register please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Creative Storytelling - 20th October 2021

A training evening thinking about storytelling in creative and reflective ways. Ideas for Messy church, children’s groups and all age worship, schools work… Including an introduction to Godly play. Wednesday 20th October 7.30pm – 9pm Via Zoom Register with This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lay Preachers and Worship Leaders Catch-up 17th November 2021

Join Lindsey and Lay Preachers aadvocate Faith Paulding for a catch-up to see how things are going, now that many churches are worshipping back in their buildings. Tuesday 17th November 4.30pm online. Register with This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

Short Courses at Westminster College, Cambridge - Come Study with Us 2021 - 2022

Westminster College is delighted to be able to offer a wide range of short courses next academic year and hope that you will find something to help you go deeper in your exploration of your faith and discipleship or resources and an opportunity for reflection on your ministry. You can find a list of the short courses Study at Westminster College.

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:

Youth Reassembled news bannerSeptember – 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.”

Christians on Ageing Webinair 2021

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Christians on Ageing - Conferences on Webinar conducted via Zoom and it's free!!.

OLD AND CHRISTIAN: what do you think about these?

  • Prison when you are old
  • Music as therapy in dementia
  • Dying, death and assisted dying

Website: For more details Christians on Ageing   

The Power of Prayer

The East Anglia Dunamis Project - The Power of Prayer 14th-18th March 2022 

power-of-prayer-Dunmaris--200Dunamis Project 3, The Power of Prayer, looks at how any Christian can pray with vision and power. Monday 14th – Friday 18th March 2022 – (prices TBA) 

Whether you think you are simply “not good” at prayer, want to go deeper in your walk with God through prayer, or want to grow in your understanding of intercessory prayer, this conference will give you Biblical foundations and practical instruction to help you grow in both personal and corporate prayer, led by the Holy Spirit.

We’ll tackle growing in intimacy with Christ through contemplative prayer; the keys to praying with power; principles of intercessory prayer; revival prayer; sharing in Kingdom advancement through prayer and vision; how to mobilize prayer in local congregations. Sessions move between focusing on growing in intimacy with Jesus Christ through prayer, and participating with God in shaping the future through intercessory prayer. The teaching content is important, but your growing in prayer comes as the Holy Spirit leads the group into prayer. Much time is actually spent in prayer and then you’ll reflect on what has happened during the prayer.  We cover topics like:

Jesus Christ: The Basis of Christian Prayer *The Life of Prayer: Nurturing Intimacy with God *Intercessory Prayer: *Vision and Prayer: Sharing in the Advancement of the Kingdom of God *Prayer and Spiritual Awakening Practical Instructions for Nurturing Prayer

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          Download - Booking Details from the Dunamis Website

Future Events: Mon 3 – Fri 7 Oct 2022 – The Healing Ministry of Jesus  TBA Spring 2023 – Spiritual Warfare     TBA Autumn 2023 – Listening Evangelism

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. 

This issue is critical to us as church for two main reasons, with regard to the theology of creation and for urgent justice issues. The Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) are urging us to engage.

CoP26: The UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, November 2021

  • Relay to CoP26 – the Young Christian Climate Network is organising a Relay to COP26 to show our care about climate justice and creation care, walking from Cornwall to Glasgow. They hope that by collectively walking this route, they can raise awareness of COP26 and our imperative as Christians to engage in creation care theology, individually and corporately. The main route doesn’t go through our Synod, but the organisers welcome ‘tributaries’ to be formed locally, to join in with the initiative of walking to Glasgow! There are currently two tributaries from Norwich:

Stepwise Programme 2022

Stepwise - January 2022

stepwise-2020Stepwise is the URC’s discipleship development programme. Following a really successful cross-Synod pilot group earlier this year, Nicola and Lindsey will be facilitating a second discipleship group from January 2022. 

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-2021United 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

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. 

Youth Assembly 2022 - Jubilee

Youth Assembly 2022 -  JUBILEE - 28th to 30th January 2022

Calling all young people and young adults associated with the URC - the URC Youth Executive are delighted to anounce that bookings are now open for Youth Assembly 2022 - Jubilee.

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Jubilee, Youth Assembly 2022, is being held from 28th to 30th January 2022 at Whitemoor Lakes, Alrewas, Staffordshire

A fantastic venue for which we have sole use. Youth Assembly is a  weekend of fun, friendship and fellowship including: 
* Commemorate the past  *  Celebrate the now  * Create the future  * Youth Decides – discussions 
*  Workshops and keynotes  * Worship  * Silent disco

Cost - Early Bird price on or before 11 November 2021 is £115, standard price from 12 November 2021 onwards is £145. Age: Year 10 students (England and Wales) and S3 students (Scotland) up to 26 years (inclusive) – age limit extended for 2022 only due to cancellation of YA2021.  

Find out more about Youth Assembly: or contact the Children’s & Youth Assembly for a booking form. Post to: Children’s & Youth Work Office, United Reformed Church, 86 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9RT -  Tel: 020 7916 8683.  If you or your group need a leader to accompany you, please get in touch e-mail the  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Further information will be sent once your booking form has been received.

Crossfire Camp 2022

Crossfire is a United Reformed Camp - Dates to follow 

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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.  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.

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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