The life of the United Reformed Church is found in its local congregations and the communities that they serve in the name of Christ. Support is shared between the local congregations through the Synod, its areas and committees. This website seeks to enable the relationships between local churches and offer access to the encouragement and support that is shared across the region.

We hope too that it will offer some information for those wishing to learn more about the United Reformed Church.

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Rural Ministry Course has places

1 – 3 November, at Kings Park, Northampton. Cost £245

There are still a few places left on the Rural Ministry Course run by Germinate: Arthur Rank Centre.

This course is for lay and ordained who are new to rural ministry, and explores current rural contexts, mission and ministry in multiple places, leadership and working with children and young people in the countryside. It is ecumenical and suitable for those in their first appointment or wanting a refresher.

More details and booking form www.germinate.net/go/rmcourses

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Involving young people in refugee welcome

RodboroughWelcomeI am involved with young people’s work at our church, Rodborough Tabernacle URC, and also with an organisation called Stroud Welcomes Refugees.  We have very few children and young people, sadly (2 of these in the photo are my grandchildren who were visiting from Devon) but we try to prepare interesting and relevant things for them to do.  Last Sunday they made, with one of our leaders, enormous welcome cards for refugee families who are settling in Stroud.

As a church we place great emphasis on social justice so we got the children involved in this way.  There’s a new venture in Stroud called the International Café for people who are new to the area and who maybe need a little help with English. They are not all refugees, necessarily, though the two Syrian refugee families who have been settled in Stroud (via the government scheme) do come along.  It’s every Tuesday afternoon, so this last Tuesday I took the cards along and gave them to the families.  My Arabic is rudimentary to say the least but we managed to make ourselves understood.  Two church members were kind enough to donate a little DVD player and an old laptop with some cartoon DVDs for the children of the families.  We expect a third family in the next few weeks.  Altogether there will be ten but it’s hard top find accommodation, so the process is slow.

We didn’t instigate the International Café we very much support it.  We chat over tea and cakes between 1.15 and 3.45. It’s really pleasant. the kids play around and are getting to meet English kids, especially now it’s the school holidays.  The café was started a few weeks ago by Stroud Welcomes Refugees, an organisation of volunteers led by a local Anglican curate but supported by people from other denominations and none.  Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (GARAS) is also involved and they come along to help and advise.  The settling of families is being organised by them in conjunction with the local council

Carole Oosthuysen

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Leprosy Mission Big Day Out




Big Day Out

September 29, from 11am to 3.45pm,
at All Saints’ Church, Royal Leamington Spa.

More Information Here

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Cotteridge Church seek Minister

The Cotteridge Church (URC, Anglican, Methodist) seek a new minister

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Holy Land Trips – 2017

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Here are two opportunities to make a visit to the Holy Land
in April or May 2017



18th – 27th April 2017

Fiona and Ivor Elvins are leading a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land which you are invited to join.
HolyLandApril17 details
HolyLandApril17 Booking Form

9th – 23rd May 2017

Lawrence Moore (until recently Director of the Windermere Centre) and Brian Jolly (minister in Altrincham) invite you to join them ‘In the footsteps of the radical Jesus’
In the Footsteps of the Radical Jesus 2017 Provisional Itinerary 1
More information

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