Oberammergau Passion Play

In May, Jamie and I joined a party of URC people, led by Michael Hopkins, to see the Oberammergau Passion Play. The play was devised as an act of thanksgiving by the village of Oberammergau after they were spared from the Plague in 1633, and has been performed every 10 years since 1680. It was […]

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Dear Friends – Summer 2022

Dear Friends, As most of you know, I’ve been on sabbatical for the last three months, so I am particularly grateful for all for your contributions to this edition. It’s good to catch up with all that’s been going on. The sabbatical was everything I had hoped for: a time to reflect and learn, to […]

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A Prayer for Hebron

In April, Revd Maggie Hindley spent a month with CPT in Hebron, in the occupied West Bank. Maggie’s reports on their work, witnessing to the daily deprivations of the Palestinian people, were circulated by email and on the church notice boards. Maggie also sent us this prayer for Hebron, written by the first foreigner to […]

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URC 50th ANNVERSARY SERVICE

On the afternoon of Saturday 1 October 2022, in Methodist Central Hall Westminster, London, where the Uniting Assembly of the URC took place in October 1972, a chance to give thanks and to celebrate the five decades of the United Reformed Church. Several venues, including United Reformed Church House, local URCs and buildings of ecumenical […]

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Easter greetings from the Minister

Dear Friends, Last week, writing for the Ealing magazine, I commented on the warm Spring weather. Today it’s snowing! But we are past the equinox, the clocks have changed, and the evenings are longer and lighter. We have forsythia in the garden, and neighbourhood trees are thick with blossom. When there is so much trouble […]

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Dear friends

Dear Friends,  I hope you had a good summer.  At the end of September, on the way to church, I had to cross the route of the Ealing Half-Marathon. We had been warned well in advance about road closures on the day, but I had reckoned that, on a bicycle, I could always wheel the […]

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General Assembly 2021 

In July this year, I was privileged to be one of the Thames North Synod reps at General Assembly.  I found it impressive. Last year, faced with Covid, GA was simply cancelled. A year on, the URC has embraced technology and, with the considerable help of the tech wizards in URC Youth, moved the whole […]

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Holy Week services

We are now in Holy Week, leading up to Good Friday and Easter. We have two special services, by Zoom, to mark this week.   On Maundy Thursday, 1st April, at 7pm, we will follow through the story of Holy Week using readings from Mark’s gospel. When we get to the Last Supper, we shall […]

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Returning to church at Easter

I hope you are keeping well.   Following recent elders’ meetings in both churches, St Andrew’s and Wembley Park are planning to resume worship in church on Easter Sunday, 4th April. For anyone not able to get to church at Wembley Park, it will be possible to connect into the service from St Andrew’s by […]

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