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September 2020

The Revd Clare Downing and Peter Pay were inducted as Moderators of the United Reformed Church General Assembly on 11 July. The following appointments are subject to change.

In September, Ms Downing will induct the new Moderator for Yorkshire Synod, Jamie Kissack, online, and take part in the induction of Sam White as Principal for Westminster College. She also plans to preach at St Columba URC, Leeds, and online for Shrewsbury URC, Shropshire, as well as attend meetings of the URC’s business and mission committees.

Both moderators plan on attending a URC Trust Meeting, and both have availability to offer either live (online) or recorded services or sermons this autumn, or in 2021. Please direct enquiries to Deborah Walker by email to

For more about, and stories from, the General Assembly Moderators, visit

April 2020

In April, Mr Derek Estill will lead worship at Westbury Gardens United Reformed Church, Blackburn, and support the church’s holiday club during the Easter school holidays. The Revd Nigel Uden will preach at St Andrew’s with Castle Gate URC, Nottingham, at Hambleton URC, Lancashire, and at the Wolfesdale pastorate, Pembrokeshire.

March 2020

In March, the Revd Nigel Uden will lead a church weekend on the Isle of Man, and will preach for the Lancaster Missional Partnership; at Meersbrook Park United Reformed Church, Sheffield; and in Darwen, Lancashire.

Mr Derek Estill will attend a URC/Baptist interfaith event in Elland, West Yorkshire, and will preside at the induction of the Revd Brian Jolly to the role of North Western Synod Moderator in Bolton, Greater Manchester.

Both moderators will attend a meeting of the URC General Assembly arrangements committee, in London, and Mission Council, from 17 to 19 March, at High Leigh Conference Centre, Hertfordshire.