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50th Anniversary competition

To celebrate the URC’s 50th anniversary, choirs, bands, individuals, songwriters, composers, and poets are invited to submit an entry into the URC at 50: Worship Resources Competition.

There are four categories in which you can enter:

  • traditional hymn/song
  • poem
  • contemporary hymn/song
  • rap

Judges will select a winner from each category. Winning entries will be included in a digital version of the URC at 50 resource pack for local churches for them to use in jubilee celebrations and/or Sunday services.

Judging schedule

The closing date for entries is 8 April 2022.

Judges will assess each entry in May 2022.

Winners will be informed in June 2022.

Winners will be publicly announced at General Assembly in July 2022, at which the songs, or recordings, will be performed/played/sung.

The winning entries will be recorded and/or filmed in July 2022 for sharing online.

Criteria

To enter, you must be a member or active adherent of a URC or a URC local ecumenical partnership, or URC Youth.

Entries can be new lyrics submitted to existing music within the public domain.

Entries must have a jubilee/URC at 50 anniversary theme and be suitable for use in collective worship.

Musical entries to new tunes must include lyrics plus musical score (PDF or JPG) and/or an audio recording (MP3 or MP4).

The competition is open to people of any age.

One entry per person/group.

Submit entries to: mission@urc.org.uk

Ruth has arrived safely in Devon!

Views from Ruth’s garden in Devon.

Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving for the Ministry of Reverend Ruth Dillon

We said a heartfelt and sincere thank you to our Minister in an online Zoom service on Sunday 27th June as Ruth prepared to retire. Ruth is now on leave pending retirement.

The service is available on our YouTube channel.

Our joint magazine for Summer 2021

Haslemere Food Bank

We have supported the Food Bank as a church community by collecting items at Harvest, at Christmas & at Easter on the road runs to individual houses. The pandemic means there is a constant demand for items. If you have any of the following to spare and can, do drop off at the Methodist Church in Haslemere during Food Bank opening times, on a Wednesday or Friday morning between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., or at one of the Collection points at

Tesco Haslemere
Waitrose Haslemere
CeeGees Fernhurst

This document lists all the items they would welcome at present:

Sight Loss Friendly Church

We are now registered as a Sight Loss Friendly Church as we work towards making our online and real time services more accessible to all. We’ve got lots of work to do and there will be opportunities for us all to access training and resources to support those in our congregation with sight concerns.

Eco Church Award

A small group of members has been investigating the idea of achieving an Eco church award. It’s been done using a survey supplied by A.Rocha, the administrative organisation for the award, just looking at where we are now. If you would like to know more, visit the page in the Menu bar.

We have submitted an application and have been awarded a Bronze Award.

Christian Colouring for Relaxation and Therapy

Designer Samara Andrews (who works for the URC in the Church Related Community Work team) has created some Bible verses to download and colour in. Visit www.urc.org.uk/coronavirus to download or print templates, and also to check out the latest Advice to Churches about Coronavirus.

Dates for the Diary

Watch this space for updates as COVID restrictions ease.

Knit and Natter group – 9am-12 noon every Wednesday & Friday in  the Hub – meetings are suspended at present

Introducing our Sensory Garden

Over the summer of 2019, we started putting the structure in to the back garden of a Sensory Garden, using as many recycled materials as possible. We hope the Nursery School children, our friends from Whitmore Vale and our members will enjoy it as it grows and develops. Look out for updates!

Tyres from the local garage, filled with plants donated from members’ gardens!
The Bug House and log pile, built from recycled materials, including the stepping stones!