• When should a church consider closing in light of increasing rates of Coronavirus?

    Read the latest advice from the United Reformed Church (URC) about when a church should consider closing due to increases in Coronavirus rates.

    At this stage, it is not possible based on infection rates or other criteria to give a definite point at which a local URC should close as Covid-19 rates increase.

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  • Swansea churches doing justice, loving mercy, walking humbly

    Swansea CRCW Tuesday Donation MorningThe Covid-19 pandemic has impacted churches and church groups in a variety of ways. But what has remained steadfast is the desperate need of the vulnerable.

    Adella Pritchard, a United Reformed Church (URC) Related Community Worker (CRCW) in Swansea, speaks to Roo Stewart, URC Programme Support Officer (Church and Society), about how the churches she supports have responded to the needs of their communities since lockdown.

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  • The charities crisis

    Reform Oct issue news bannerHow the pandemic has affected the charity sector by Stephen Tomkins

    The coronavirus pandemic has been overwhelming for charities. Lockdown has devastated fundraising, whether through events, personal giving, shops and contracts. At the same time, many charities faced a sharp increase in demand. Coming on top of a decade of governmental austerity, the prospect is grim.

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  • Updated guidance for reopening URC children's and youth work

    Following recent changes in government guidance and restrictions announced on 12 October, the United Reformed Church has produced a framework for those considering reopening gathered groups for children and youth work.

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  • Churches call for action to help people forced into debt by Covid-19

    Reset the debt 2A campaign calling for debt cancellation for people who have been swept into unavoidable debt in recent months launched on 4 October by a group of four denominations representing two-thirds of a million Christians and ecumenical charity, Church Action on Poverty.

    The United Reformed Church, the Baptist Union of Great Britain, Church Action on Poverty, the Church of Scotland, and the Methodist Church urge the government to create a Jubilee Fund to provide grants to pay off and cancel unavoidable debt accrued by the poorest households during the lockdown period, giving them a more stable platform from which to face the difficult winter ahead.

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  • Limits on attending weddings, funerals and other acts of worship

    Read the latest advice from the United Reformed Church about the number of people who can attend weddings, funerals and other acts of worship in England, Scotland and Wales.

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  • NHS Test & Trace App (England and Wales)

    The NHS Test & Trace app was launched on 24 September for England and Wales. In Scotland, the Protect Scotland contact tracing app is part of the NHS Scotland Test & Protect system, and it detects other people with the app installed on their smart phone being in close proximity.

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  • News from around the URC

    Hope at St AndrewsHere’s a selection of news from the United Reformed Church (URC) that took place over the summer.

    Church reminds community there’s always hope

    St Andrew’s Church – a local ecumenical project including the URC in Skipton, North Yorkshire – installed a six-foot-high, rainbow-coloured artwork outside its building over the summer.

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  • Video conversations inspire discipleship in Yorkshire

    As part of Yorkshire Synod’s focus on Leading Your Church into Growth, a series of video conversations about discipleship are being released regularly. Here is one with Ashley Evans, Synod Evangelist, and John Rider, Pastor of Holme URC in Bradford, talking about the importance of patience in building good relationships with people in sharing the love of Jesus, especially in lockdown.

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  • URC Youth Assembly cancelled

    YA flyer 2021 formattedThe United Reformed Church (URC) Youth has announced the cancellation of its 2021 Youth Assembly due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

    Speaking on behalf of URC Youth Executive, Reuben Watt, URC Youth Assembly Moderator, said it was a "difficult decision to make": “It certainly wasn’t taken lightly. Youth Assembly means just as much to us as the Youth Executive as it does to the URC’s young members.

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  • Marlpool URC feeds families with food and love during pandemic

    Marlpool rRuth Filsak of Marlpool URC in Derbyshire explains how feeding families has enabled the congregation to continue Walking the Way of Jesus during these difficult times of pandemic.

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  • Moving from online worship to online discipleship

    yourchurch rMuch has happened during lockdown to help Christians keep worshipping during lockdown, bringing an important gap. But what about discipleship? How have these opportunities helped people to continue growing in their faith and living it out in their everyday reality?

    Debs Brooks explains how her involvement in an emerging online congregation has helped her and her family ‘live the life of Jesus today’.

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  • Families on Faith Adventures

    Families on Faith Adventures at Home is a free resource to help families worship and pray together and develop their faith during lockdown.

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  • URC guidance for children’s and youth work coming out of lockdown

    This is a free guide for all churches, groups and settings of the URC that deliver direct work with children and young people.

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  • Minister finds creative way of supporting local church during lockdown

    Poems rNaomi Young-Rodas, minister of Christ Church, Rayleigh in Essex, explains how her creative juices got flowing, writing poetry during lockdown to support her local congregation. 

    A long time ago, I used to write poems and I have had some published in worship anthologies such as Courage to Love: An Anthology of Inclusive Worship Material and Entertaining Angels: A worship anthology on sharing Christ’s hospitality both edited by Geoffrey Duncan.

    I haven’t written much poetry for years, but early on in lockdown, when we couldn’t go out anywhere except for one daily walk, I found myself writing again. The poems came spontaneously and, for the most part, I did not edit them. Some were funny, some linked to Easter, which fell in the first few weeks of lockdown, some referred to items in the news like the Barnard Castle incident and the killing of George Floyd.

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  • Wedding during a pandemic

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    Church Related Community Work student, Fliss Tunnard, reflects on the highs and lows of organising her wedding during the pandemic and how her faith has helped get through these difficult times and find joy in the simple things in life. 

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  • Coronavirus resources for children and youth workers

    At this unprecedented time when Christian children's and youth work (like all other) is reduced from gathered to dispersed outreach and we are no longer able to meet directly with families and individuals for pastoral or faith-based purposes, we have provided a number of free resources you may find useful. 

    Ranging from URC guidance for children’s and youth work coming out of lockdown to risk assessment tools, information and consent forms, these resources will help you continue to deliver the vital work you do.

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  • Comfort pebbles link hospice with loved ones

    The Revd Dr Jill Thornton holding pebbles1The past few months have seen us all adapting to new ways of managing our lives, as we strive to contain the spread of Covid-19. One change that a hospice chaplaincy team in Farnham has made, is to provide “comfort pebbles” to residents and their loved ones.

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  • Isle of Man URC resumes services

    Services resume Isle of ManThere was relief and joy on the Isle of Man, as St Andrew’s United Reformed Church (URC) – along with other congregations linked to Churches Alive in Mann – resumed services, 38 days after the island’s last Covid-19 case.

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  • More 'Good News with Nick' from West Midlands

    Nick Stanyon, Synod Evangelist in the URC's West Midlands Synod chats with Steph Neville of Carrs Lane Church in Birmingham about the church's live-in community and the great work that's been going on throughout the current Covid-19 crisis.

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