PHB writing image 2016Deadline for submissions: 4 December 2017

You may already be familiar with the United Reformed Church’s (URC) prayer handbook. It's our perennially popular collection of prayers and meditations from prayer writers across the denomination. As with the past two years, we are continuing with our bid to widen the authorship of the prayer handbook and are, once again, inviting prayer writers from every part of the denomination – and beyond – to consider submitting prayers for the 2019 prayer handbook.

There is a general theme – of Seasons of the Spirit – to inspire you – and writers are also particularly encouraged to reflect on the dynamics of praise and lament in the Psalms that feature in the 2019 lectionary readings.

If you are interested in writing for the 2019 handbook, please read the full guidelines for further information, and, if you have further queries please email us.

We hope prayers will come in from all corners of the United Reformed Church and are actively encouraging prayer writers of all ages, all traditions, all nationalities, to submit prayers for possible inclusion on the 2019 handbook. If you write prayers, write one for us!

The 2018 prayer handbook, On Eagles’ Wings is now available, for just £6.50, through our online store.



Service times: 9.00 – 17:00 Monday to Friday

What we do

  • provide a welcoming and informative first point of contact for callers and visitors
  • provide a full range of postal and stationery services to Church House staff
  • manage the bookings of the meeting rooms at Church House


Who we are

Andrea Protheroe: receptionist 
Switchboard phone number: 020 7916 2020

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Archives & record keeping

Shahera Begum: records manager
t: 020 7916 8685

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Service times: 09:00 – 16:30 Monday to Friday

What we do

  • provide a full range of HR services for Church House
  • provide advice and guidance to Westminster College and the Windermere Centre
  • provide (when resources allow) advice and guidance to synods and local churches, including template policies and contracts of employment

Who we are

Jane Baird, deputy general secretary (administration and resources)
t: 020 7691 9870

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Helen Bird, human resources officer
t: 020 7691 9874 (direct line)

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Deepti Upadhyaya, HR administration assistant
t: 020 7691 9871 (direct line)

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Service times: 08:30 – 16:30 Monday to Friday

What we do

  • maintain the IT infrastructure at Church House including and ensure that all date and systems are secure
  • provide in-house IT support to staff at all central staff 

Who we are

Fred Sackey, IT manager
t: 020 7916 8645 (direct line)

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Tim Isaac, IT support technician
t: 020 7916 8645 (direct line)

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The work of the finance department is divided into three distinct areas, as detailed below. Andrew Grimwade, chief finance officer, oversees the work of the all three areas.

Service times: 07:00 – 17:00 Monday to Friday (noting the specific working hours of some staff members as detailed below)

1. Accounting and record keeping

2. Payroll and pensions

3. Retired Ministers’ Housing Society (RMHS)

1. Accounting and record keeping

What we do

  • record Ministry & Mission Fund contributions and other receipts into and payments from the URC Trust bank account
  • process authorised non-payroll payments from URC Trust funds
  • regular, ad hoc and annual financial reporting for the URC Trust, its associated charities and funds (accountants)

Who we are

John Samson: chief finance officer
t: 020 7916 8641 

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Beatrice Ochogo: financial accounting manager
t: Via switchboard 020 7916 2020 

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Sade Alli-Balogun: management accountant
t:  020 7916 8624 

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Bea Minta: finance assistant
t: 020 7916 8644 (07:00 – 14.00) 

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Stella MacDowell: cashier (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday)
t: 020 7916 8640 (07:00 – 14.00)

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2. Payroll and pensions

What we do

  • operate payrolls for ministers’ stipends, staff salaries and retired ministers’ and widow(er)s’ pensions
  • administer the URC Ministers’ Pension Fund and liaise with The Pensions Trust who administer the staff scheme
  • provide taxation administration and guidance for ministers and staff paid via our payrolls

Who we are

Rob Seaman: pension fund manager
t: 020 7691 9869 (07:30 – 15.00)

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Mary Steele: payroll manager
t: 020 7916 8639 (07:30 – 15.00)

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3. Retired Ministers’ Housing Society (RMHS)

What we do

  • assist retiring ministers to meet their housing needs during retirement, aiming to provide adequate housing suitable for long-term occupation
  • maintain, with the assistance of local volunteers, around 350 properties tenanted by retired ministers, arranging inspections and repairs
  • manage around 20 properties occupied as manses by centrally appointed ministers

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Who we are

Chuka Agbasiere: general manager (RMHS)
t: 020 7916 8636

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David Gould: interim property manager
t: 07930 568 780

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Yvonne Sired: administrator for RMHS
t: 020 7916 8643 

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Farrah Folami-Carrer: administrative assistant for RMHS
t: 020 7520 2716

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Gail Smith: regional property manager for RMHS
t: 07584 053 432