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Don't forget! Worship at 11am

From Sunday 7th October, Sunday morning worship moves to 'St Andrews Winter Time', i.e starting at the later time of 11am.

(During the darker months, we meet for worship at 11am from October until April.  From May to September, we worship at the earlier time of 10.30am.)

Preparing for Harvest Festival

On Sunday 14th October we will be celebrating Harvest Festival.

As last year, we will be using this as an opportunity to invite friends old and new to share both worship and food with us.  Start thinking now about who might like to come and how to ask them.

Dates for your diary: How Worship Works

ADVANCE NOTICE

All church members and others are invited to attend sessions in our How Worship Works series.  Groups will meet 7.30-9pm on:

25th September 2012
Week 1: Help! I'm doing the service!

How to approach service planning; online resources available

12th October 2012
Week 2: Music to our ears

How to choose hymns that work

Nominations sought for Management Team

Following the decision made at Church Meeting on 18 July, St Andrews is now seeking nominations for the new Management Team.  The deadline for nominations is Sunday 19 August.
 

News from FURY

The latest edition of F2, the magazine of the Fellowship of United Reformed Youth -- that's all young people from 11-25 connected to the United Reformed Church, is out.

Muslim-Christian communique

Some twenty Muslims and Christians from Europe and the Middle East met at the Ecumenical Institute, Chateau de Bossey, Switzerland, 9-11 July 2012. The meeting was motivated by the continuing dangers that current developments in the Middle East and Europe pose to our various communities. While Christians are concerned with threats to Christians in the Middle East, Muslims worry about discrimination against Muslims in Europe. The participants agreed that this is much too simple a way to understand what is going on.

St Andrews' Student begins Christian Aid Internship

Twenty-one-year old Miriam Webb has been appointed as the next FURY/Christian Aid intern and will replace Charis Unsworth, joining the established Christian Aid Collective Internship programme at the end of August. This is the second year of this URC sponsored internship.

Operation Noah Ash Wednesday Declaration - Climate change and the purposes of God: a call to the Church

The likelihood of runaway global warming, which will diminish food security, accelerate the extinction of huge numbers of species and make human life itself impossible in some parts of the world, raises questions that go to the heart of our Christian faith.

URC leader joins protest against capping Child Support

British faith leaders recently signed the following letter calling for the household benefit cap to exclude child benefit:

As leaders of faith communities, we are often the first to see the impact of changes in Government policy as it impacts our congregations and the communities in which we work. We are deeply concerned about the planned introduction of a cap on benefits which will be debated in the House of Lords on Monday 23rd January.

New year's message from Roberta Rominger, General Secretary

2012 is a big year for the UK - and a big year for the United Reformed Church. The Revd Roberta Rominger, general secretary of the URC, sets out some highlights of the next 12 months.

"We have quite a year ahead of us. The Queen celebrates her diamond jubilee in June and the 2012 Games come to the UK in July. National events like these provide opportunities for creativity in church mission. What can we do that will catch the public imagination, deepen our community engagement and enable us to share what we believe?

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