St Clement of Rome, who was bishop in the first century and who is primarily known for the letter he composed to the church in Corinth, wrote, “When the heathen hear the words of God from our lips, they marvel at them as something beautiful and great.  However, when they find out that our deeds are unworthy of the words we speak, they turn from this to blasphemy.  They say it is a myth and a delusion.”  When the early church heard that God was a God of forgiveness, they were full of joy and wonder because they were used to a god of judgement.  Today, however, we have inverted this, and instead of feeling great joy and wonder, we have lost our sense of awe and accept a watered-down faith.  Instead of God Almighty, we accept God-Almatey.  I believe that these words of St Clement remind us of how easy it is to think that the way things are is the way things have to be.  Today commemorates the death of St David, patron saint of Wales, in 589 AD, who was canonised in 1120 AD, a man famous for his teaching and asceticism, who helped to found a number of monasteries.  In this season of Lent, may we take heed of St Clement’s warning, and bear in mind St David’s reputed final advice to be constant, and bear the yoke we have taken on to the end, and not succumb to the shallowness and enticements of this life.

Every blessing, Deborah


Apologies to anyone who has sent a recent submission to the office for events that were held over the weekend of 3-4 March.  Due to the bad weather, the office was closed and we were unable to dispatch the e-letter earlier. 

  • The funeral service for Revd David Turner will be at St Andrews with Castle Gate United Reformed Church on Friday 16th March at 2pm. No flowers but donations to the United Reformed Church Retired Ministers Housing Society and Billy’s House.
  • It is with sadness that we inform you of the death of Revd Brian Chadwick who died on 10th February. Brian was living in North West Synod. The funeral service was held on Monday 26 February at 1pm at St Mary's Church, Allithwaite, prior to burial in the churchyard.

ALVASTON URC – Invite you to attend an Augmented Choir Presentation ‘Olivet to Calvary’ on Sunday 25th March at 5.30pm. Soloists: Kathryn Fitchett, Nicola Rudge, Colin Ashton and Jon Morris. Organist: Geoff Hooley. Musical Director: Margaret Slater. Free Admission.  Alvaston URC, Baker Street, Derby.


MARLPOOL URC THEATRE COMPANY – presents ‘Saints Alive! and songs of New Beginnings’ in the Community Hall, Chapel Street, Marlpool from 17th – 19th May 2018 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £6 each and are available from the box office by calling: 01332 986082  or online at: www.ticketsource.co.uk/murctc with no booking fee. This event is in partnership with Marlpool URC Flower Festival which can be visited from 6pm on performance nights.


ARTS BREAKOUT - Friday 20 April to Saturday 28 April at ChristChurch LEP on Finkin Street Grantham. Nine days of multi-media arts-related events, with a range of topics, activities and performances. It begins on Friday 20 April at 7.00pm with Pam Rhodes from BBC’s Songs of Praise telling Stories behind our Favourite Hymns. All events will be free and all are very welcome.

URC Enquirers Events

Please note that in 2018 Church House will be organising two assembly-organised enquirers events for people interested in a range of ministries in the church:

  • Saturday 24 March 2018, 10am – 4pm  at Luther King House, Manchester
  • Saturday 10 November, 10am-4pm at Westminster College, Cambridge

To download a poster please visit: https://www.urc.org.uk/images/Ministries/Ministries%20Committee/vocations-day-large.pdf

For further details contact Vivienne Williams T: 020 7916 8649 E: vivienne.williams@urc.org.uk

Religious Tolerance Forum

At The Well, Retford, DN22 7BD on SATURDAY 10th MARCH 2018 from 10am — 1pm.

Supported by Bassetlaw District Council. Speakers include Dr David Appleby, Masoud Ahmadi , Phil Lyons, Ben Huxtable, and Andrew Smith. There will also be a video of an interview with Dr Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and former Archbishop of Canterbury

For more information, contact Adrian Gray at adriangray@pilgrimsandprophets.co.uk

Two Weeks in India with Wateraid

In 1993 Rosemary Solomon (Minister of Rose Hill and Calow URCs in Chesterfield) left the grey January skies of England behind as she set off on a two week journey across India with the charity WaterAid.  Her book “Two weeks in India with WaterAid (and how I survived)” tells the story of that 1500 mile journey.  But this wasn’t just a journey to visit WaterAid projects – for Rosemary it became a journey of self-discovery after which life would never be the same again. If you would like a copy of the book, please contact Rosemary on rev_ro@hotmail.com. Sold at £5 per copy, all profits are going to WaterAid in support of their ongoing commitment to provide clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene in India and beyond.

Books Available...

Geoff Milnes, from Melton Mowbray URC, has the following books which is he is happy to give to anyone who may be interested in having them:

1. A complete set ( 8 volumes) of ' A Bible Commentary for English Readers' by Charles John Ellicott, then Lord Bishop of Gloucester. Date of publication not known but believed to be around 1863. He lived from 1819 to 1905. The books are not pristine but are in fairly good condition.

2. A copy of 'Cruden's Concordance'. Again date of publication unknown.  This volume has been extensively used by the previous owner, and the condition is rather poor.

If you are interested then please get in touch with Geoff:  gsmilnes@aol.com

Police Volunteer Chaplains

Rev. William Ruddle, Lead Chaplain for Lincolnshire Police is about to commence training for the 2018 intake of volunteer police chaplains to support the officers and staff of Lincolnshire Police.

He comments, “Our police officers & support staff expose themselves to significant harm and trauma on a weekly basis to keep us and our communities safe. Chaplaincy is a service, welcomed by staff, in which we can show the practical love of Christ in a caring compassionate way by listening to and supporting them in times of trouble. The icing on the cake is that it’s tremendously rewarding for the chaplain too!”

The new training is a streamlined, 1 day course.

Thursday 22nd March 2018 at Boston Police Station from 10am – 6pm, to include all training & chat with Senior Officer. Note Bene: Vetting & pre-registration is essential. Please have an exploratory conversation with William at least 1 week before commencement.

Interested applicants should have an informal conversation exploring options with Rev. William Ruddle, Lead Chaplain for Lincs Police ASAP. He can be contacted on 07903 730591.

Safeguarding Training

Safeguarding training led by Jane Henderson at Stamford URC, in the Church Hall on Broad Street.

On Saturday 21st April 2018 from 10am to 2pm. Refreshments served. To book or for more information contact Hannah Holmes at the Synod Office: trainingpa@urc5.org.uk  Tel: 0115 9609241

Youth and Children - Synod Youth Event


PILGRIMAGE – On Saturday 17th March at Abbots Road URC, running alongside Synod for ages 11 years upwards.

Labyrinth, Fellowship, Discussion, Fun! Booking is essential, to book please contact Hannah Holmes at the Synod Office: trainingpa@urc5.org.uk Tel: 0115 9609241

Youth & Children - Bulwell URC Youth Weekend

9- 11th March 2018 for 9 to 18 year olds. £25 per person (£10 deposit). With leaders: Dave Dennis and Eleanor Rice. Join us for Fun, Games, Movie Late Nights, Food, Laughter, Quiet and Loud Times, Exploring, Developing, Sharing, Learning, Worship & loads more …. To book visit: https://bulwellurc.churchsuite.co.uk/events/h9c3effp                                  For more information email Eleanor: eleanor@bulwellurc.org.uk   Tel: 07480 113252

Youth and Children - 3 Synod Youth Weekend

13th—15th April 2018. At The Pioneer Centre, Kidderminster This is a chance to meet together and have fun. If you are between 11 and 17 then we hope you’ll join us. For more information contact Hannah Holmes: trainingpa@urc5.org.uk or Jane Henderson: cydo@urc5.org.uk

Events for Youth & Children's Leaders
  • Children and Youth Leaders ‘Meet Up’ - Bulwell URC, Notts - Saturday 12th May 2018 from 10am - 2pm
  • Children and Youth Leaders  Training and ‘Meet Up’ - The Dales URC - Saturday 15th September 2018 from 10am - 3pm

To book for any of these events please contact Hannah Holmes at the Synod Office: traininpa@urc5.org.uk


London, Church House, Full time, Salary: £30,027

Are you an efficient Finance Administrator who can initiate, process and manage financial transactions within the regulatory framework of the charity sector? The United Reformed Church is a family of Christians worshiping in 1400 local churches in England, Scotland and Wales. Church House is the central administrative office of our denomination supporting the mission and ministry of all churches. The finance team, based in London, is responsible for the financial management of the United Reformed Church Trust’s resources by maintaining accounting records, preparing annual accounts and managing payroll and pensions.

In this role you will have responsibility for banking, including ensuring the management of the direct debit system, which collects contributions from local churches and maintaining accurate records of receipts and payments. You will also manage the administration of grants made to students training for ministry, accounting for payments made and handling queries that arise.

Applicants will be AAT qualified, numerate and have good IT skills. Excellent interpersonal skills are essential to enable you to liaise and interact with people in a variety of roles across the United Reformed Church. You must be able to meet tight deadlines whilst maintaining attention to detail and accuracy. The ability to manage your own workload through effective prioritising, time management and organisation.

If you are interested in working for us and can meet the above requirements, please contact us/see our website for an application form (noting that we do not accept CVs):

Human Resources, the United Reformed Church, 86 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9RT

T: 020 7691 9874 E: recruitment@urc.org.uk W: www.urc.org.uk/vacancies

Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Monday 19 March 2018 Interview date: Monday 16 April 2018


Church House, London, Permanent Contract , 28 hours per week (to include Fridays) Salary: £17,326

The United Reformed Church’s busy graphic and print office is looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated individual to join our small and friendly team. You will have experience of customer service, excellent verbal communication skills and proven ability to juggle competing deadlines and priorities whilst remaining calm under pressure. Experience of the printing process, Adobe Acrobat DC and knowledge of paper types in a print environment, while not essential, would be a distinct advantage.

It’s busy – and covers a wide gamut of tasks so we can promise you’ll never get bored!

If you are interested in working for us and can meet the above requirements, please contact us/see our website for an application form (noting that we do not accept CVs):

Human Resources Office, the United Reformed Church, 86 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9RT

T: 0207 691 9874 E: recruitment@urc.org.uk W: www.urc.org.uk/vacancies

Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Monday 26 March 2018 Interview date: Friday 20 April 2018

  • Please note that Arnold URC have a new Treasurer: **Available from Synod Office**
  • Please note that The Church on Oakwood have a new Treasurer: **Available from Synod Office**
  • Please note that the new email address for The Church on Oakwood and the Church Secretary is: **Available from Synod Office**
  • Please note that Mrs Sylvia Salmon, Nottingham Lay Preacher, has now retired from preaching.
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