URC Mersey is helping churches stay connected with their congregations and communities during the Coronavirus with advice and resources.
Grange URC Choir recorded Be Still for Presence of The Lord in January 2021, individually but brought together using software. Separated by the virus, joined together in song.
January 2021 guidance
URC Moderators advice: Since our last guidance was issued (October 2020), it is clear that the new variant of the virus has caused a rapid and alarming increase in Coronavirus infections. In light of this, the Synod Moderators strongly recommend that churches should cease to meet for in-person worship and move exclusively to online or paper-based worship material. The URC, through the Daily Devotions team, continues to produce Sunday services which can be listened to online and followed on paper, in addition to any local worship provision. See the full statement here as a Word document.
Webinar - Good Governance in churches:
expectations of the Charity Commission
This webinar, delivered by the Charity Commission’s Faith Outreach team, provides an overview of the Commission’s expectations as regulator, including: Trustee duties & risk management, financial management and reporting in a faith charity context, sending money internationally and safeguarding in places of worship. The webinar is suitable for trustees and managers of church charities, particularly those with limited experience of their role and charity law.
The same webinar will be run twice at the following times: Saturday 23 January, 09.30 – 10.30am and Wednesday 3 February 11am – 12pm. To book your place register to attend by clicking on the link https://bookwhen.com/cte-cytun
Latest Lookout magazine online
Although we are not printing our Lookout newsletter at the moment, you can read a digital version for January 2021 here as a pdf.
Reset the debt
The Joint Public Issues team (JPIT) conducted research into poverty under lockdown and identified the build-up of debt by low-income households as a major impending problem.
JPIT has now developed a campaign to Reset the Debt.