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Induction marked with a biblical moment

Fifty years after it was signed by her grandfather, the Revd Lindsay Sanderson also signed the ‘President’s Bible’ during her service of induction as Moderator of the National Synod of Scotland.

The service, which was led by the Revd Dr Tessa Henry-Robinson, Moderator of the URC General Assembly, took place at St John’s Church of Scotland in Hamilton and online on 17 February.

As Lindsay prepared to sign the synod’s Bible as part of the service, she explained that it had previously been the President’s Bible of the Congregational Union of Scotland and so had also been signed by her grandfather, the Revd Jack Avington Rice.

Other participants in the service included ecumenical colleagues, and members of East Kilbride and Hamilton URCs, reflecting Lindsey’s ministry in these communities. The sermon was delivered by the Revd Steve Faber, with whom Lindsey has worked on the Church Life Review Group.

Committed Scout leader remembered

URC Children’s and Youth Workers are remembering the Revd David Marshall-Jones OBE, a former National Scout

Chaplain, who died on 1 March.

David served the URC in a variety of roles, locally and nationally, but was especially known for his work in the Scout movement. He joined the Scouts as a boy, before stepping into leadership in 1959. He was honoured with the Silver Acorn in 1989 and, in 2005, the Scouts’ highest award – the Silver Wolf. In 2000, he took up the position of URC National Scout Chaplain and continued in this role until he retired in 2021.

Dr Sam Richards, Head of Children’s and Youth Work, said: ‘David’s dedication and passion for the Scouts and Guides were second to none. He has made a huge difference to the lives of children and young people within the URC and beyond over many decades, serving on a real missional frontline.’

Greenbelt needs you!

Volunteers are being sought for the URC’s team at the Greenbelt arts, faith and justice festival, which takes place this year over the weekend of 22-25 August with the theme ‘Dream On’.

If you would like to volunteer at yoURCafe, the URC’s café venue, or with the youth engagement team, the deadline for applications is Saturday 20 April.

URC volunteers receive a complimentary weekend pass, food vouchers and a car or caravan pass.

For further information or to apply, go to bit.ly/URCnews24

Briefly Preaching parties? The Revd Jacky Embrey, a retired URC minister, is the new host of the Joint Public Issues Team’s Politics in the Pulpit? podcast. Each week, Jacky will be joined by a guest to discuss the forthcoming week's lectionary resource in a way that equips preachers and worship leaders to unpack justice and peace issues in the pulpit. For more on this, see www.jpit.uk/politicsinthepulpit.

Wilsden vs Barclays – latest Wilsden Trinity Church, which experienced financial issues after Barclays closed its bank account of 20 years good standing, has won its challenge and had the account reopened.

The URC Communications Team helped generate media interest, resulting in a turnaround from Barclays. The bank admitted that Wilsden had submitted information it requested and that a customer service agent had provided conflicting information.

Wilsden has received compensation, but because the bank has not accepted closing the account was wrong, the church is considering complaining to the Financial Ombudsman.

Moderator’s Diary In April, the Revd Dr Tessa HenryRobinson will induct David Salsbury as Moderator for the Synod of Wales, at Beulah URC in Cardiff, before participating in an ecumenical pilgrimage to Jamaica (7-21 April). On 28 April, she will preach at United Emmanuel Church in Tunbridge Wells. For further stories from the General Assembly Moderator, visit www.urc.org.uk/modsblog

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