‘Embracing Eldership’ is an event that enables URC elders to come together for mutual encouragement, to share experiences and receive refreshment, whilst exploring pressing issues related to the realities of being an elder today.

The theme of this year’s elders’ event is “Resourcing our Elders”. We will be considering what it is to be an elder drawing on the material recently designed for the United Reformed Church by Revd Peter Ball (Eastern Synod Mission Development Officer) and Ruth Whitehead (South Western Synod Moderator).

There will also be focussed sessions giving guidance on the roles and responsibilities of elders. As always at Westminster, a key part of the event will be the opportunity to worship together, engage with the Bible, and talk in a friendly atmosphere with fine food and relaxed company.
Elders conference Westminster College Cambridge
It promises to be a lively and interesting time to meet others and offer your own insights and perspectives on this vital ministry within the URC today.  Click for further information and booking form.

A conference, being organised by GEAR (Group for Evangelism  Renewal within the United Reformed Church) at Swanwick next year from 19 to 21 February, is relevant to several of the Vision 2020 statements, particularly Hospitality and Diversity, Evangelism and Church Growth.

The conference speaker is Michael Harvey, who is well known for ‘Back to Church Sunday’, and we are very privileged that he can join us.  He is a very interesting and inspirational speaker, and he will no doubt tell us how churches need to move on from being WELCOMING to also being INVITATIONAL.  It is for this reason that Back to Church Sunday has developed into “Season of Invitation”, and there is a lot that we in the URC can learn from Michael.

For further information and booking form click here.


For the last two years, the Bible Society has been exploring various retellings of Bible stories. Different authors and illustrators have put their Bible knowledge and storytelling skills to the test, creating a number of brilliant Bible story retellings in formats from poems to comics.

These are all part of their project Pass it On which aims to encourage older Christians to share the Bible with the next generation. And they’d like to encourage you to do that with this film too.

It has been developed using their latest Christmas booklet, written by Bob Hartman and Illustrated by Honor Ayres. This charming retelling of the Christmas story is just four minutes long, so it’s perfect for watching at home with the family or for sharing in church during advent.

To order a free copy click here.   See more on the Bible Society website here.

Wine tasting

This event should be both entertaining gastronomically and informative. It will be a seated and tutored tasting of fine Israeli wines by Kedem who are a leading importer of the best wines, which have been transformed in recent years since the original biblical era vines left behind by the Romans. There will be great savoury snacks to accompany the wines. There will also be short talks about the use of wine in the Christian tradition and in the Jewish tradition, and the opportunity to see some wines made by the Trappist monks at Latroun monastery in Israel.

Tickets are £10 each, on the door BUT we do need to know if you are coming, so we don’t run out of wine!  So please reply to this invitation as soon as possible if you would like to come, indicating your name and the number of people in your party. If you prefer to reply to Domonic Hobson at St Mary’s (dominichobson@dominichobson.com) or James Leek at Wimbledon Synagogue (jaslek@btinternet.com), whose names are on the flier, then please do so – so long as we know if you are coming.



Sunday 29 November  – Advent Sunday
09:30      Choir Practice
09:30      Bible with Breakfast
11:00     Morning Worship  

Monday 30 November
20:00      Badminton

Tusday 1 December

Wednesday 2 December
10:30     Service of Thanksgiving for the life of George Derrick
20:00     Elders’ Council

Thursday 3 December
20:00     Advent Bible Study (2)

Friday 4 December
10:00     Trinity Toddlers
10:00     Olive Branch Café
19:45      Choir Practice
20:00     Friday Fellowship

Saturday 5 December
09:30     Church winter-clean
14:00     Drop & Shop

Sunday 6 December
09:15     Bible with Breakfast
09:30     Choir Practice
10:30     Elders’ Meeting
11:00     Morning Worship with Holy Communion
Reflection by Mr Rob van Mesdag, Ambassador for Crisis
15:00     Nativity Rehearsal