In June, Mr Alan Yates will represent the United Reformed Church at the Westminster Abbey service celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Empire Windrush’s arrival to Tilbury Docks, Essex. The Windrush brought more than 500 Caribbean people to Britain. Mr Yates will also attend a ‘Legacies of slavery’ hearing in Alabama, which examines the impact of the transatlantic slave trade.
The Revd Kevin Watson will attend the Presbyterian Church of Ireland’s Assembly. He will also visit Christchurch Abbeydale, Gloucester, and Meersbrook Park URC, Sheffield, as well as attend the thanksgiving service for the Training for Learning and Serving (TLS) programme in Birmingham.
In May, the Revd Kevin Watson will attend a meeting of the United Reformed Church Mission Council advisory group, London. Mr Alan Yates will preach at Dore and Totley URC, Sheffield, attend a meeting of the risk management process task group, London, and visit the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly in Edinburgh. Mr Yates will also go on a tour of Wessex for a three-day cycling event. Both moderators will attend a meeting of the URC Trust in London, and a weekend-long gathering with their URC General Assembly chaplains.
In April, Mr Alan Yates will lead morning worship at Burnham United Reformed Church, near Slough. He will also preach at the bicentenary service held at Castle Square URC in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.
The Revd Kevin Watson will preach at St Andrew’s Monkseaton, North Tyneside (rescheduled from March due to the snow); the URC in Low Row, North Yorkshire; Keld URC, North Yorkshire and Hoole, Chester. He will also attend the National Ministers’ Conference at Yarnfield Manor, Staffordshire and visit Keld URC’s resource centre.