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Swifts make new home at Shanklin church

20 May 2024
Swifts have a new home in Shanklin United Reformed Church (URC’s) thanks to two cousins. Robin Harley, Countryside Officer for Bournmouth, Christchurch, and Poole Council, contacted his cousin the Revd Brian Harley, Minister of Shanklin URC, to see if the church’s clock tower and bell chamber could host the birds. According to the Royal Society for the Protection […]

Strengthening communities in Somerset

13 May 2024
One of the key aims of Strengthening Communities, a Church Related Community Work project in Somerset serving Westfield (Bridgwater) & Canninton United Reformed Churches, is to respond to rural and urban deprivation.  The South Western Synod-based project also seeks to help with problems associated with social isolation and changing community dynamics. In this reflection, Marie […]

Around the URC in seven days: 13-19 May 2024

13 May 2024
A round up of news from around the United Reformed Church over the past seven days: 13-19 May 2024. West Midlands Synod The congregation of Shrewsbury URC received seven new members at a service held on 5 May.  From left, Ruth and Stuart were made members for the first time, Tom transferred from another URC […]

Reform magazine: May 2024 edition

30 Apr 2024
Inside the May edition of Reform magazine, out now! Progressive rock icon Rick Wakeman shares his love for the United Reformed Church in this month’s Reform. He talks Henry VIII and funeral hymns, and tells the magazine he likes to consider himself “a Christian who lives in the real world”. Also in the real world, […]

Sri Lanka adventure nets a Lundie Memorial Award

29 Apr 2024
A valued and integral 14-year-old member of Fleet United Reformed Church (URC) in Wessex Synod has gained a Lundie Memorial Award. Nominated by Helen Bailey, the church’s young person’s leader, Alice Bagshaw gained the award for her charity work. Alice was one of 21 students chosen by her school to travel to Sri Lanka for […]

Rwanda Bill: Church leaders speak out over hostility to refugees

23 Apr 2024
The United Reformed Church, along with over 250 other organisations from across the UK, has signed an open letter to the Prime Minister following the government’s Rwanda Act being approved by Parliament. In an open letter to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, the organisations say the Bill breaks international law and “abandons our duty to share […]
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