Our URC serving Ministers and Lay Leaders are invited each year to “Summer School” and this year it was at Wydale Hall, just outside Scarborough. Summer School is a time for ministers to come together, for friendship, support, encouragement and refreshment, as well as learning, prayer, worship and listening to where God is leading them and the churches here in Yorkshire that they serve. They were blessed with lovely weather this year too!
Read what some of our ministers had to say about their experience:
“As someone new in ministry, Summer School was a really great support – lots of time to reflect and learn, worship and explore, eat and laugh with good people and food!” – Revd Nicola Robinson, Leeds Partnership Minister
“It was good to be able to join colleagues again this year at Summer School. We were blessed with wonderful weather, thought-provoking sessions and great fellowship underpinned and over-arched with inspiring worship led by Revd Alan Crump. Thank you Alan.
Our speakers were Revd Dr John Bradbury (URC General Secretary) who pushed our understanding of generational divides – fascinating – and Ashley Evans who challenged us afresh to Lead our Churches into Growth. A much needed space for thought and prayer as we move forward into the uncertain future. Our thanks to all who organised and facilitated.” – Revd Angela Hughes – Leeds Partnership Minister
“Hearing John Bradbury, the United Reformed Church’s General Secretary, share some reflections on the church over key periods in our history over 2000 years and how we are shaped today by those events made me reflect even more on how the church has been at worship over all this period because to put it simply yet profoundly, we love God and this is our natural response. In the beautiful gardens there is a Quiet Space for contemplation and worship and this sign sums up a place where I found God with me in such a tangible and breathtaking way. A wonderful opportunity in a few days to ‘praise God for the gift of life’ and to do so at times on my own and at other times in fellowship and conversation with my colleagues.” – Revd Alan Crump – Minister at Knaresborough and Bilton Grange URC’s
To read Alan’s full reflection see here