In February, Derek Estill will lead worship at Tonge Moor United Reformed Church, Bolton. He will also attend meetings of the URC’s children and youth work committee, Leeds, the URC equalities committee, London, and the General Assembly arrangements committee, London.
The Revd Nigel
Uden will preach at St John’s URC in Marsh Green, Kent; at Abbey Hill URC in
Kenilworth, Warwickshire; and at Fleet URC, Hampshire. He will join URC House
staff in London to commemorate the bombing of URC House in 1945, visit URC
representatives in West Thamesmead, London, speak to students and staff at
Westminster College, Cambridge, and begin a two-month-long visit to URC
representatives on the Isle of Man.
moderators will attend the URC Trust meeting in London.
Derek Estill, Moderator of the United Reformed Church General Assembly, on how to bring new, better ways of being into this new year
The festive season usually gives us an opportunity to come together with family and friends, no matter how distant they may be from us and from each other during the rest of the year. If we can’t physically come together, we can feel closer through the exchange of cards, letters, phone calls, emails, Skype, WhatsApp etc, which gives me the feeling that our world is becoming smaller. The great distances that some of us have grown up thinking about and have struggled with over the years, are now, it seems, much easier to come to terms with.
One thing is for sure, at this
special time of year, and that is that there is a real feeling of the need to
connect, particularly as we think about the holy family and their trials and
tribulations. They must have had great difficulty getting about, not to mention
finding somewhere to stay, and then having to hot foot it to Egypt!
Now that the excitement of
Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve has passed, I have begun to look back and take
stock. I’ve asked myself: Have I been able to make a difference by bridging
physical or emotional gaps in my life?
The Revd Nigel Uden, Moderator of the United Reformed Church General Assembly, reflects on the nature of hope in this New Year, and explains why it’s Christian to queue…
What’s on your bucket list – the things you hope to do in your lifetime? The year 2019 enabled me to tick off two very special ones from my own. In June, while visiting First Nations people with the United Church of Canada, a free evening made it possible to nip down the highway to the Niagara Falls. And in November, an overnight stay in Berlin enabled me to go to a concert in the Philharmonie – the world famous concert hall of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. It wasn’t performing, but a fine chamber ensemble, visiting from the US, offered a sparkling programme of Beethoven and Mendelssohn.
At 7.15am on Christmas Eve,
I was walking through Cambridge and saw how the queue for that afternoon’s Festival
of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College Chapel was already well down
King’s Parade. I stopped for a chat with the person who was first in the queue.
He’d started his annual wait on 21 December, as he has done almost every year
since he was a choral scholar himself there in the 1970s. He was soaked after
heavy night time rainfall, but eager in his anticipation of the first such
service to be conducted by King’s new Director of Music, Daniel Hyde.