Jubilee Jamboree!

Jamboree posterLet’s get ready to party! Yes we’re celebrating 50 years of the URC and here at Mersey Synod we’re going to town… well Parkgate and Neston URC to be precise!

It’s a free family fun day  – there’ll be an ice cream van, a craft station, a bouncy castle, a labyrinth, parachute games, a children’s worker and more.

There’s also plenty for adults (and yes, you can go on the bouncy castle too!) with a time of historical reflection, sessions on Muddy Church, interactive Café Jam and even puppet workshops.

It’s not to be missed! Save the date! Watch out for more information in the coming months.

When: Saturday 16 July
Where: Parkgate and Neston URC
Time: 10am-3pm.

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Conversion therapy response

At the recent Assembly Executive the URC passed a resolution on so-called 'conversion therapy', which seeks to change an individual's sexuality or gender identity. The resolution notes that this is unethical, potentially harmful, and supports proposals for a ban. There is currently a UK government consultation on this issue - follow this link for more details and to respond.

Here's the URC response

Festival

The Free Church Choirs biennial festival of church music is being held on Saturday 21 May 2022 at Lichfield Cathedral. They are seeking choirs and individual singers, plus anyone who would like to join the congregation. It’s free, with local rehearsals. For more information see the poster here (pdf) 

Ava White's death

Churches Together in Merseyside

 

A joint statement from the Presidents of Churches Together in Merseyside in the wake of the death of Ava White on 25 November 2021

 

As church leaders we lament the needless loss of this young life, and know that we speak for many within and beyond the Christian community of Merseyside, in expressing our heartfelt condolences to Ava’s shattered family. We are deeply saddened by this mindless act of violence, and know that words alone will never fully express the loss and the sorrow that they must now be feeling. In expressing our love and solidarity with those whose lives will be so shattered by this event, we renew our resolve to work with people of goodwill across our city region to promote peace, hope and an end to violence in every form across our communities. As the wickedness of a few inevitably dominates our thoughts in the days ahead, let us not forget the qualities of goodness and love that define the lives of so many in this noble city.

 

A prayer for Ava

 

A city acquainted with grief

Weeps once again for a young life

So mindlessly and needlessly cut short

And there are no words to describe our sorrow.

 

A moment of light and hope

Has instead been wrapped in darkness

And our hearts ache

For those who are shattered by this loss

 

God of comfort and consolation, who is no stranger to grief and sorrow,

Hold us in our pain, our anger and our bewilderment

Help us surround this shattered family with our love

And to somehow find hope amidst this darkness

 

As we lament this broken, hurting world

Where our children are too often overtaken by violence

Grant us the determination to seek better pathways

So that healing and hope may yet be known

 

Amen 

 

Rt Revd Paul Bayes – Bishop of Liverpool

Most Revd Malcolm McMahon OP – Archbishop of Liverpool

Revd Phil Jump – Chair, Churches Together in Merseyside and Regional Minister, North Western Baptist Association

Revd Dr. Sheryl Anderson – Liverpool Methodist District Chair

Revd Geoff Felton – Moderator, Mersey Synod, The United Reformed Church

Major David Taylor – District Commander – Salvation Army North West Division

URC 50th celebrations

URC 50th anniversary logoThe URC will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2022. 

There will be a church resource pack available in the new year from Church House, featuring:

•    a drama script about the URC formation and a short film 
•    a picture book for young members
•    winning entries of Worship Resources Competition
•    suggestions for worship with resources and a service outline 
•    calendar of Jubilee events 
•    celebratory materials to help get your party started
•    a quiz … and more.

Find out more