The annual gathering of the Yorkshire United Reformed Church was held in a very wet and windy Scarborough on 8th May 2019. Over 150 people enthusiastically attended from many churches across the Synod to meet for fellowship and ensure the great tradition of the Assembly continued.
Worship was led by Revd Clare Davison, who introduced the theme of dance into worship with colleagues from the Christian Dance Fellowship Yorkshire Region. Kevin our Moderator addressed Assembly, as ever, with a stimulating and thought-provoking address in the morning.
The traditional fish and chip lunch was served at lunch time along with the opportunity to do some shopping from the stalls that came to support the Assembly.
In the afternoon we were entertained by a local band, Scarborough Ukulele Club ‘Seaside Uke Strummers’ this was relaxing and enjoyable with some people tapping their feet or joining in singing the songs. The afternoon speaker was Chris Powell, Community Champion from Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate. Chris was truly inspirational telling us how he turns other people’s trash into useful items as well as providing occupation for people. Chris is known as Captain Rummage and by the end of his talk we all knew why he was called Captain Rummage! – A real life experience of recycling.
The whole day was interwoven with worship, singing hymns old and new, accompanied by Margaret Wood on the piano. A substantial offertory was received for the friendship fund.
Can I take the opportunity in thanking all those who helped me organise the Assembly to be so successful. For the churches on the east coast and staff in the synod office at Morley for preparing the orders of service and coordinating transport. Lastly to all those who came to make it such a successful day. See you all again next year same place Wednesday 6th May 2020.
Heather Raistrick, Convenor URC Yorkshire Assembly