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URC cancels its 2020 General Assembly

Content last modified on : 2020-07-09 15:56:38

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.
Emerging into the "new normal"

Content last modified on : 2020-07-09 14:20:21

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.
Digital General Assembly due to take place

Content last modified on : 2020-07-09 13:16:12

A short version of the United Reformed Church General Assembly is due to take place on 11 July. The event will be livestreamed.
FINAL REMINDER: General Assembly events about discipleship happening soon

Content last modified on : 2020-07-09 11:23:24

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.
General Assembly

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For the latest information on the United Reformed Church General Assembly and information on how you can join the 2020 one online
Darwen refugees invite us to ‘imagine’…

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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:
Advice to churches about coronavirus

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The United Reformed Church (URC) advice and resources from a variety of sources especially aimed and churches and church ministers about the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
General Assembly Bookshop

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Government to review hostile environment policies

Content last modified on : 2020-07-06 08:39:37

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.
News and views

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Commitment for Life

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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.
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.
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
Nature’s rainbows and whimsical wanderings

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Wandering through nature and remembering those in society, who have been forgotten about.
Global and Intercultural Ministries

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This is the webpage of Global and Intercultural Ministries of the United Reformed Church. URC. Belonging to church.
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 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.
Intercultural Resources

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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.
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
Same Mission

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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
Broadway URC keeps God’s love unlocked

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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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Creating new community in the challenging times ahead

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Taking care of and connecting those in your community.
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.
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
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
How to use Twitter for your Church

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The United Reformed Church's free guide to using Twitter for your Church
Setting up a zoom account

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United Reformed Church's free guide to setting up a Zoom account for churches.
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.
What is the URC?

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Find out more about the United Reformed Church (URC), it's beliefs, history and structure
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
Church House and its staff

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Church House departments and staff
Community projects honoured during Assembly awards ceremony

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URC Church & Society resources

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Resources pages for Church and Society, United Reformed Church.
About us

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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.
Moderator Thames North Synod

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Former PCE missionary schoolteacher becomes world’s oldest man

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The world’s oldest man, who once taught at a Presbyterian Church of England missionary school, recently celebrated his 112th birthday.
Caring for Creation

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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.
New Secretary for Education and Learning appointed

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The United Reformed Church has appointmented a new secretary for education and learning.
URC nominates new Moderator for its Southern Synod

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A new Moderator for the United Reformed Church Southern Synod has been nominated.
June 2020 - Louise Tiernen - North Western Synod

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Louise Tiernen receives Lundie Memorial Award
March 2020

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URC Mission Council March 2020 papers
Charlton stronger through Covid crisis

Content last modified on : 2020-06-08 08:12:39

Andrew and Sally Willet, ministers of Charlton URC, explore how, curiously, the church has grown stronger through the Covid 19 crisis.
Glimpses of light for Thamesmead

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Andrew and Sally Willett, ministers of West Thamesmead Community Church, explain how the current crisis is affecting the congregation and the community around it.
Former URC Youth Moderator helps battle Covid-19 on NHS frontline

Content last modified on : 2020-06-03 15:30:23

Katie Henderson, Immediate-past United Reformed Church Youth Assembly co-Moderator, is a much-valued nurse who gives an insight into what life is like on an NHS hospital ward.
Busy church beats lockdown blues

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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.
Reports from previous Events and Opportunities

Content last modified on : 2020-05-28 10:35:04

This article links to follow-up reports from participants in the events and opportunities previously advertised here and are a way of giving personal insight into what might be gained by taking part.
Previous Events and Opportunities

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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.
#AloneTogether in Tolworth

Content last modified on : 2020-05-27 17:37:20

With social distancing continuing, Heather Lodge, a member of Tolworth URC, explains how this south London congregation has been holding the community together in supporting the most vulnerable in these strange times:
Reform magazine: May edition out now!

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How is God with us during this Covid-19 crisis? What are churches doing to respond? And what can we do when the Bible doesn’t answer our questions? Find out in the latest issue of the United Reformed Church's Reform magazine.
The Revd Dr Bernard Thorogood 1927 – 2020

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It is with deep sadness that the United Reformed Church announces the death of the Revd Bernard Thorogood, who died today peacefully in a Sydney hospital aged 92.
Submit photos that represent life of URC

Content last modified on : 2020-05-22 17:08:20

Can you help? The United Reformed Church Communications Department is seeking photographs from URC members that represent the life of the denomination.
Friends on Faith Adventures

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Page of information for Friends on Faith Adventures
Worship and Spirituality

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Find, download and view resources and material suggestions for use in planning and leading worship within United Reformed Church contexts, local, synod, regional and national.
Civil Partnership Registration

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'Was It Worth It?' a poem for Easter Sunday

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Karen Campbell, a United Reformed Church (URC) Related Community Worker (CRCW)
Our small seeds are growing…

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Earlier this year, Simon Peters, project manager for Walking the Way, reported on a visit to the New Zealand Area of Derby. Vicky Longbone, Church Related Community Worker, explains how things have changed since lockdown began:
Hope in Sheffield

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The Manor Church and Community Project is an ecumenical partnership of Anglican, Methodist and United Reformed Churches in Sheffield. Simon Loveitt, Church Related Community Work (CRCW) minister with the project, shares how things are going during this period.
Living the life of Jesus continues in Blackburn

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Elaine from Blackburn explains that, members of Revidge Fold URC, undeterred by the current crisis, continue to share the love of Jesus, despite the need to do so from a distance.
One person’s everyday skills can offer a lifeline for others

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Millie Grimmett, secretary and member of the leadership (eldership) at The Church of Christ the Servant in Abbey Meads, Wiltshire, spoke with Simon Peters, project manager for Walking the Way, about how this Methodist/URC Local Ecumenical Partnership has responded to the current situation, which has called on skills and talents from her every day, working life.
URC expresses shock at reactions to BBC Friday prayers broadcasts

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The United Reformed Church General Assembly Moderators have expressed dismay at the Islamophobic and xenophobic comments made after the BBC started to broadcast Friday prayers for followers of Islam on local radio stations.
Maundy Thursday: God is with us

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Simon Peters, Project Manager for Walking the Way, the United Reformed Church’s focus on lifelong missional discipleship, uses Matthew 26:17-30 to offer this reflection for Maundy Thursday.
Easter Sunday: Rejoice! Jesus conquers the grave

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Reuben Watt, Moderator of the United Reformed Church Youth Assembly reflects on the true meaning of Easter, and explains what he will be doing on Easter Sunday during the coronavirus lockdown.
Good Friday: All is not lost

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The Revd Dr Kevin Snyman, URC Programme Officer (Global Justice and Partnerships) focuses on Psalm 22 in this reflection for Good Friday.
URC joins call for a global ceasefire to help counter pandemic

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The URC is supporting the call for warring parties around the world to lay down their weapons to help battle Covid-19.
Covid-19 lockdown sees more than 1,200 new people sign up to receive Daily Devotions

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More than 1,200 more people have signed up to receive the United Reformed Church’s Daily Devotions since the start of the coronavirus lockdown.
Bonhoeffer’s death remembered 75 years on

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The 75th anniversary of the death of German Lutheran Pastor and noted theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, described by some as a “role model of true humanity in the spirit of Jesus Christ”, was remembered on 9 April.
Covid-19: Counting rainbows

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Marie Trubic, a United Reformed Church Related Community Work based at the Priesthill & Shawlands project in Glasgow, explains how she continues to find hope and inspiration during the coronavirus lockdown.
Colleague on new adventure given digital farewell

Content last modified on : 2020-05-02 19:24:10

Church House staff gathered digitally to say goodbye to Helen Munt, PA to the Revd John Proctor, United Reformed Church General Secretary, last week.
Campaigns

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Campaigns food speculation, climate change, The Big Shift, Pray and Fast for the Climate, TTIP, Gender
Education for Ministry Phase 3

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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.
Virtual puddings for Earth Day go down a treat

Content last modified on : 2020-04-27 11:09:22

With the current lockdown in full flow, St Paul’s URC, Bracknell needed to find a creative way to celebrate earth day without actually bringing people together. The use of technology to keep communications and fellowship going led to an innovative way forward, explains local minister, Anthea Wickens:
Israel and Palestine

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Eldership Resources

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The Eldership is a vital element within the United Reformed Church and we are grateful for the commitment and dedication of those who exercise this particular ministry within the church. This page car
Intercultural Celebration

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The multicultural gathering and celebration of the United Reformed Church is an biennial event. 2015
CRCW - Other Agencies

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Worship

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Resources for Commitment for Life

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Resources for commitment for life
URC Youth

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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.
Windrush scandal: Home Office offers an "apology”

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Palm Sunday: Is Jesus’ triumphal entry still relevant?

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For Palm Sunday, Roo Stewart, Programme Support Officer for the United Reformed Church’s (URC) Church and Society department, asks if Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem is still relevant?
Global and Intercultural Ministries

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What we do In partnership with synod global/intercultural coordinators and world church partners we advocate, facilitate-nurture partnerships, enable URC participation in global opportunities ...
April 2020 - Emma Jackson - Mersey Synod

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Lundie Memorial Award given to Emma Jackson April 2020
Children under 11

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Children aged under 11: This page will give information about resources and activities specifically targeted at the under 11s age group, their parents and leaders of children's work, with links to Pilots and the Child Friendly Church awards.
A prayer for the season of Lent

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Stephen Tomkins, Editor of the United Reformed Church’s Reform magazine, reflects on the themes of personal growth, humility and forgiveness as we enter the season of Lent.
URC Peace Fellowship becomes part of the Fellowship of Reconciliation

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The United Reformed Church Peace Fellowship has announced that its work as an independent organisation will cease this month.

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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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