A HOT AND HAPPY URC JUBILEE JAMBOREE
Over 100 people met on Saturday 16th July at a very hot and sunny Parkgate and Neston URC to celebrate 50 years of the URC with our All Age Jubilee Jamboree, there really was something for everyone.
Café Jam our very own “SYNOD” worship band provided music for worship and got everyone participating playing various instruments including Ukeleles and Drums! in their music workshop.
In our opening worship, Red John Bradbury the General Secretary of the URC gave the address and challenged us as we go forward as the URC on our journey of faith.
Everybody had a chance in the Muddy Church Workshop to reflect on the wonders of the nature around us. Some of us wondered where the Mud was?!!
Food glorious food – All day there was tea, coffee, soft drinks on tap and lots of food, lunch was provided as well as the afternoon tea with scones and cream.
Coverdale Puppets provided fun, energetic, and manic entertainment with covers of pop classics rewritten with the gospel message!
During the breaks there was a chance to walk the prayer labyrinth, go on the bouncy castle or visit the bookstore or buy URC merchandise like the URC jubilee Socks!
There was a chance to chill in the afternoon sun or find shade in the gazebos provided and listen to the glorious sound of the Port Sunlight Lyceum Brass Band.
We then had closing worship led by our Mod – Rev Geoff Felton and of course Café Jam.
All in all, a great day, thanks to everyone who prepared and organised the day and to everyone who participated.
Let’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
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.
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
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
The 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.