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Commitment for Life

Content last modified on : 2020-10-01 11:53:29

Commitment for Life is the global justice programme of the United Reformed Church. We partner with Christian Aid and Global Justice Now, enabling local URC congregations to engage in mission in four regions: Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Central America and Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory
URC Moderator Paul Whittle returning to Scotland

Content last modified on : 2020-10-01 11:28:02

A new moderator of the United Reformed Church National Synod of Scotland has been nominated to serve an interim three-year term.
News from around the URC

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A selection of summer news from around the United Reformed Church
Now available: The 2021 URC Prayer Handbook: Conversations

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The United Reformed Church's 2021 Prayer Handbook, Conversations, edited by Karen Campbell and Ian Fosten, is now available to buy from the URC Bookshop.
Advice to churches about coronavirus

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Advice and resources from the United Reformed Church for churches, church ministers and church goers about the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The URC Visual Identity Guide

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A free guide to help churches and church organisations follow the URC's visual identity in their publications.
Equalities Policy

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Read the United Reformed Church's Equal Opportunities Policy
Global and Intercultural Ministries

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The United Reformed Church Global and Intercultural Ministries promotes racial justice, intercultural relationships and the world church
Church House and its staff

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Church House departments and staff
Join the family - Membership in the United Reformed Church

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Find out more about the United Reformed Church and how you can become a member
How to use Twitter for your Church

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The United Reformed Church's free guide to using Twitter for your Church
Getting to grips with copyright

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Read the URC's free guide to church and religious copyright.
Setting up an Instagram account

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United Reformed Church's free guide to setting up an Instagram account for your church or church organisation
New reality, same Mission: a stimulus to renewed community engagement as we emerge from the pandemic

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United Reformed Church's free booklet to enable exploration of community and social justice in today's new reality
Doing Online Differently - a roadmap for digital discipleship

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A free guide from the United Reformed Church to help you navigate your church's digital journey.
Safeguarding symposium to launch strategic plan

Content last modified on : 2020-09-28 16:06:02

The United Reformed Church’s Safeguarding team will launch the denomination’s safeguarding strategic plan with its first online symposium on 9 October from 12.30pm to 2pm via Zoom.
Young Adult Volunteer opportunity with Council for World Mission – short deadline

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Apply to be a Young Adult Volunteer with the Christian World Mission
Recognising and celebrating the birth of your baby

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United Reformed Church's free guide to help you plan the celebration of the birth of your child
Commitment for Life

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Commitment for Life is the world development programme of the United Reformed Church in partnership with Christian Aid and Global Justice Now
Busy church beats lockdown blues

Content last modified on : 2020-09-28 11:06:48

United Reformed Churches, like Christ Church in Petts Wood, in the URC’s Southern Synod, have risen to the challenge in keeping people connected. The Revd Nadene Snyman explains.
Caring for Creation

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Caring for Creation is the United Reformed Church project to deepen and strengthen our care for God’s creation, in worship, decision-making, and wider community engagement
Children and Youth Friendly Church Award Scheme

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United Reformed Church Children and Youth Friendly Church Award Scheme helps churches open their doors to children and young people. Find out how your church can get involved.
Legacies of Slavery

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Explore how the Legacies of Slavery continue to affect all of life today. Resources on this site include Bible Studies, Films, Books, Papers, Prayers and Theology. These cover topics like the History of Slavery and Colonisation, White Privilege, Restorative Justice and how we can begin to build more conscious, just, and anti-racist communities.
Worship and Spirituality

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Resources for use in planning and leading worship within United Reformed Church
General Assembly

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Information and papers for the United Reformed Church General Assembly
August 2020 - Lucy Keep - West Midlands Synod

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Lundie Award to Lucy Keep, West Midlands
September 2020 - Marrissa and Poppy Thorpe - East Midlands Synod

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Lundie Award to Marrissa and Poppy Thorpe
In this Together

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Community during a pandemic. A reflection by Mark Tubby
Videos

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Setting up a Zoom account

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United Reformed Church's free guide to setting up a Zoom account for churches.
Emerging into the "new normal"

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The latest free resource from the United Reformed Church, Emerging into the New Normal, provides the basis for further local discussion and some clear church policy for post-lockdown activity.
Marlpool URC feeds families with food and love during pandemic

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Ruth 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.
Moving from online worship to online discipleship

Content last modified on : 2020-09-15 08:50:14

Much 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, based within the United Reformed Church, has helped her and her family ‘live the life of Jesus today’
Same Mission

Content last modified on : 2020-09-14 16:26:36

The United Reformed Church wants to know about your experience of coping with Coronavirus in your community. It's also inviting you to join online discussion groups to learn about the responses of local churches and projects to the pandemic
A pandemic wedding

Content last modified on : 2020-09-14 10:17:30

Fliss Tunnard, a United Reformed Church Related Community Work (CRCW) student, reflects on the highs and lows of organising her wedding during the pandemic.
Winchmore Hill URC wins eco award

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Winchmore Hill United Reformed Church has gained a bronze-level A Rocha Eco Church Award.
New carbon calculator tool for churches

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United Reformed Churches can assess and track the carbon footprint of their buildings and activities across different areas using a new free online tool.
Moderator of Scottish synod answers new call

Content last modified on : 2020-09-14 10:17:22

The Revd Dr David Pickering has answered a new call in his ministry and will be stepping down as Moderator of the United Reformed Church's National Synod of Scotland.
Reform magazine: Stay Online

Content last modified on : 2020-09-14 10:17:22

Packed with news, comment, inspiration and debate, consider buying a copy of the United Reformed Church's Reform magazine with you on your summer hols.
The Revd John Proctor retires after serving the URC for 34 years

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The Revd John Proctor, outgoing General Secretary of the United Reformed Church, is retiring on 14 August, having served the denomination for 34 years.
April 2020 - Emma Jackson - Mersey Synod

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Lundie Memorial Award given to Emma Jackson April 2020
June 2020 - Louise Tiernen - North Western Synod

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Louise Tiernen receives Lundie Memorial Award
General Assembly round up 11 July 2020

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The United Reformed Church (URC) held a live-streamed version of its General Assembly – the URC’s main decision-making body – on YouTube today (11 July).
Call for Covid-19 debt cancellation for the poorest countries

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The new Moderators of General Assembly, Claire Downing and Peter Pay, have joined 75 other faith leaders to call for a ‘debt jubilee’ for the 77 poorest nations as they deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Children and Youth

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URC Children's and Youth Work Home Page: these pages will provide you with information on services, resources, events and opportunities related to children and young people in the URC
URC Youth

Content last modified on : 2020-09-07 15:38:42

URC Youth is the umbrella title for all those young people and adults who are connected with the URC and fall into the 11 to 25 age bracket.
Young Adults 18-25 years

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Young Adults aged 18 to 25: This page will give information about resources and activities specifically targeted at the 18 to 25 age group and their leaders, together with information about URC Youth and the Youth Exec.
Contact us

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Walking the Way Together in West Midlands

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One of the ways in which West Midlands Synod has been supporting people in living out their faith in everyday life is through the production of “Walking the Way Together” booklets, which help people to recognise God’s presence where they are, in their home, in their town, in their village, whatever their context may be. Retired minister Diana Cullum-Hall spoke with Simon Peters, Walking the Way project manager, about the impact of these booklets.
URC Church & Society resources

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Resources pages for Church and Society, United Reformed Church.
Education for Ministry Phase 3

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Newport Pagnell URC seeks to “be the presence of Jesus, not simply talk about it”

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As Newport Pagnell United Reformed Church progresses its plans to build a community centre to cater for the needs of families, people with disabilities and many other sin the local area, Victoria Paulding of the Mead Centre Vision Team explains the significance of looking outwards, beyond the walls of church buildings, in living the life of Jesus today
Israel and Palestine

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Walking the Way: Living the life of Jesus today

Content last modified on : 2020-08-26 12:18:11

Walking the Way is the United Reformed Church’s focus on whole-of-life discipleship. It’s not a programme or initiative. Instead, it’s all about celebrating and sharing existing experience and wisdom about what it means to empower people to be the presence of Jesus through their everyday lives, across the denomination, and beyond.
Safeguarding staff

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Safeguarding staff: Jim Gascoigne: Safeguarding Administrator
Intercultural Resources

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Walking the Way resources

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Visit here regularly for steering group, featured and seasonal resources to encourage and enhance discipleship exploration with individuals, local churches and communities.
About us

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Find out more about the United Reformed Church - who we are, what we do and how you can get involved
Creating new community in the challenging times ahead

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Taking care of and connecting those in your community.
Lockdown can’t stop Tabernacle

Content last modified on : 2020-08-21 14:15:11

Clive Malcolm, Treasurer of Rodborough Tabernacle URC in Gloucestershire, explains how the initial shock of lockdown hasn’t stopped people Walking the Way of Jesus.
Previous Events and Opportunities

Content last modified on : 2020-08-21 08:19:18

This article lists the events and opportunities which have previously been promoted on the website and run either by URC CYW or by partner organisations of the URC to provide a taste of what might be upcoming in the future.
Resources for Commitment for Life

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Resources for commitment for life
URC Spirituality

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URC Spirituality, formerly called the URC Retreat Group, seeks to draw together and nurture people in the United Reformed Church who are interested in silent or contemplative prayer, retreats, quiet days and spiritual direction. It encourages people’s explorations both in Reformed and ecumenical contexts.
Wedding during a pandemic

Content last modified on : 2020-07-31 10:40:51

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.
New methods at Northern College

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An important part of our whole-of-life discipleship journey is understanding the role which worship can play in helping us to live out our faith in everyday life, especially in times when everyday life looks different. Adam Scott of Northern College explains how the sharing of knowledge and practice in worship has continued in the midst of lockdown.
Friends on Faith Adventures

Content last modified on : 2020-07-29 11:22:07

Page of information for Friends on Faith Adventures
What is the URC?

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Find out more about the United Reformed Church (URC), it's beliefs, history and structure
Rural mission

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Find out more about the United Reformed Church's Rural Mission work in partnership with The Arthur Rank Centre.
Covid-19 - A Virtual Church Related Community Worker?

Content last modified on : 2020-07-27 10:21:23

Life at Manor Church and Community Project in Sheffield.
Mission Council round up 10 July 2020

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The Revd Robert Waters, MBE, MA 1930-2020

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It is with deep sadness that the United Reformed Church (URC) announces the death of the Revd Robert Waters.
A prayer for Windrush

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For the third annual Windrush Day, Karen Campbell, Secretary for Global and Intercultural Ministries for the United Reformed Church offer this prayer,
Black Lives Matter: URC Youth stands in solidarity

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United Reformed Church Youth announces that it stands in solidarity with the global Black Lives Matter movement.
Government to review hostile environment policies

Content last modified on : 2020-07-16 09:47:11

The Moderators of the United Reformed Church (URC) General Assembly have welcomed the announcement that the government has committed to implementing all the recommendations of the independent report into the Windrush scandal, which was published in March.
Worship

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FINAL REMINDER: General Assembly events about discipleship happening soon

Content last modified on : 2020-07-13 09:53:58

In the absence of a physical General Assembly due to the Covid 19 crisis, a number of virtual events will be taking place next week to bring people together from across the URC. Simon Peters, Walking the Way Project Manager, explains why you should get involved with these, and how they can help us consider whole-of-life discipleship amongst the challenges of today’s world.
URC cancels its 2020 General Assembly

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The United Reformed Church has cancelled its 2020 General Assembly, the first time the meeting has been cancelled since the URC was founded in 1972. Inductions and some business of the General Assembly will, however, be carried out online.
Darwen refugees invite us to ‘imagine’…

Content last modified on : 2020-07-08 16:09:02

Darwen Asylum and Refugee Enterprise (DARE) at Central URC, Darwen, Lancashire, seeks to provide fellowship and support for asylum seekers and refugees in the community. In doing so, the project challenges everyone consider what it means to be a disciple of Jesus in everyday life in a world which can be hostile and cruel, especially to migrants. Daleen ‘ten Cate, URC Missional Discipleship Mentor for Lancashire, explains how the group invites us to ‘Imagine’ what a world of kindness and generosity might look like, and how we, as disciples of Jesus can be part of that vision:
General Assembly Bookshop

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News and views

Content last modified on : 2020-07-06 08:09:21

Protectors maintain protests as fracking firm’s plans are rejected

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Members of the United Reformed Church are maintaining their peaceful protests in an attempt to stop fracking in their community.
Nature’s rainbows and whimsical wanderings

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Wandering through nature and remembering those in society, who have been forgotten about.
URC leaders say that we must all be "anti-racist" following the brutal killing of George Floyd

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Karen Campbell, the United Reformed Church’s Secretary for Global and Intercultural Ministries, and the Moderators of the URC General Assembly, the Revd Nigel Uden and Derek Estill, comment and offer a prayer in relation to the death of George Floyd and subsequent riots in America.
Outgoing Moderators reflect on their two years in office

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As their time as United Reformed Church (URC) General Assembly Moderators comes to a close, the Revd Nigel Uden and Derek Estill reflect on their two years in office.
URC launches resource to help renew community engagement as we emerge from the pandemic

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The United Reformed Church has launched a new resource to help people explore how they can respond to the current needs, opportunities and injustices in their local neighbourhoods.
A call to weekly prayer for the URC

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Prayer initiative invites people to pray about the challenging situation many United Reformed Church congregations, Synods and central staff are facing.
Partnership’s Pentecost Communion Service

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On Saturday 30th May, a virtual Pentecost Communion service, between the United Reformed Church (URC) and the Evangelische Kirche der Pfalz (Protestant churches of the Palatinate region of Germany), was held via Zoom.
Community Project Awards 2020

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Community Project Awards. The scheme recognises innovative community projects taking place in URC-connected churches.
Broadway URC keeps God’s love unlocked

Content last modified on : 2020-06-27 20:21:23

Pat Lomax, Church Secretary at Broadway URC, Walsall, shares some of Broadway’s response to the current crisis:
Frequently asked questions

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Answers to more Stepwise questions
How does Stepwise work?

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Explanation of Stepwise processes
Current Thematic Focus - BLACK LIVES MATTER

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Safeguarding people in the midst of coronavirus

Content last modified on : 2020-06-25 10:22:27

The Coronavirus (Covid-19) threat continues to emerge in the UK and throughout the rest of the world. At these difficult times, we would like to help churches not only promote everyone’ wellbeing but also consider actions for those who are more vulnerable in the next weeks and months.
Reform Magazine: Church in a time of crisis

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Life grows in lockdown for Dartford

Content last modified on : 2020-06-23 13:40:02

Rita Brown, local church leader at St Andrew’s URC, Dartford, shares how things have been going for the congregation during lockdown.
Community projects honoured during Assembly awards ceremony

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Good News from the North West

Content last modified on : 2020-06-16 14:08:25

North Western Synod’s team of Missional Discipleship Mentors has been busy gathering good news stories from across the region to bring hope and inspiration in this time of uncertainty, isolation and lockdown.
Coronavirus: Calls to prayer

Content last modified on : 2020-06-15 10:35:33

The presidents of Churches Together in England (CTE) have issued a call to prayer and action in the light of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Former PCE missionary schoolteacher becomes world’s oldest man

Content last modified on : 2020-06-12 14:14:21

The world’s oldest man, who once taught at a Presbyterian Church of England missionary school, recently celebrated his 112th birthday.
URC produces plan for new normal post-Covid-19

Content last modified on : 2020-06-10 15:29:20

The United Reformed Church has produced a new booklet to help churches and ministers move forward once the coronavirus lockdown eases.

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Moderators' blog
In this blog the Revd David Grosch-Miller and John Ellis, moderators of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church, write and reflect on the things they do, places they visit, people they meet, and moments/events in the life of the United Reformed Church and beyond during their time in office.

 

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