at Shrewsbury URC.
Early in the New Year, Shrewsbury URC were delighted to be joined by friends and family from all over the country for the Induction of Revd. Carole Marsden as their new minister. Carole and her family have moved from Sedbergh, Cambria and she will initially also have oversight of Oswestry URC. With many members attending as well as our visitors, the hymns and choruses were sung with great enthusiasm and the choir started with the proceedings with ‘Lead Me, Lord’.
Revd. David Harkinson, a friend from Cumbria preached the sermon, the West Midlands Synod Moderator Steve Faber conducted the induction, after which Carole was welcomed into her post by representatives of the area, Churches Together in Shrewsbury and the Interfaith Forum with which the church has close ties.
City Centre offices to let
Attached to The Church at Carrs Lane opposite Birmingham Moor Street Station, but with its own entrance, Dale House will offer newly refurbished self-contained offices from late February 2018. Each office for about four people has a toilet, kitchenette, store, and superfast internet and phone line.
A situation suitable for charities or other organisations which would benefit from being close to others serving the community. Similar work of the church and its partners is based there. May also suit a small business.
More details at http://carrslane.co.uk/city-centre-offices-to-let/
If interested email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharing the Dementia Friendly message more widely
Mhari McLintock, our dementia friendly advocate, recently addressed a gathering of heritage organisations on how their sites might be made more demential friendly. The photos show Mhari at the gathering in Hampton Court Palace on 22nd November and in conversation with the CEO of the Alzheimer's Society.
A LETTER FROM GLOBAL & INTER-CULTURAL MINISTRIES
At our recently concluded Mission Council (November 2017), the moderators of General Assembly kindly allowed me to inform Mission Council of our intention to write to congregations of the United Reformed Church to consider contributing to an appeal on behalf of the Rohingya people, whose plight continue to be that of displacement, suffering, persecution, death and rebuilding lives.
We have been briefed of the work (small but significant) that our partner Church, the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar (PCM) has been doing on the ground. These include the provision of shelter, food, clothing, and care especially for the displaced children. We are also aware that the Council for World Mission is working with both the PCM and the Church of Bangladesh (another CWM Partner) to find helpful ways to respond to the situation.
Mindful that many in our churches are concerned about the situation and may wish to contribute towards helping the Rohingya people (if they have not already done so), we wish to let you know that you can, through a Special URC Appeal for the Rohingya People of Myanmar, make a contribution.
All monies received will be sent to support the work that PCM churches and partners in Bangladesh are already doing from their meagre resources to address the needs of their persecuted sisters and brothers.
Should your congregation or an individual wish to contribute, kindly send donations (payable to The URC Trust) and in care of
Global and Intercultural Ministries
The United Reformed Church
86 Tavistock Place
London WC1H 9RT
Please specify that the contribution is for the Rohingya people.
Whether it is through this appeal or your own charity of choice, let me thank all on behalf of the United Reformed Church and our Partners in Myanmar and Bangladesh for their ongoing prayers and tangible support towards the plight of these sisters and brothers.
May grace, love, and generosity continue to abound.
Kind regards and blessings
Michael Jagessar (Revd Dr)
Global & Intercultural Ministries (Mission)
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DEMENTIA FRIENDLY CHURCH ADVOCATE
Revd Mhari McLintock took up this role in April. Please contact her if you need guidance or advice.