The United Reformed Church commemorates the lives behind the names of World War One

poppy red and whiteThousands of red and white poppies have bloomed across the United Kingdom as the United Reformed Church begins a series of commemorations to mark the outbreak of World War One.

 

The United Reformed Church prays for peace in the land we call Holy

URC-Logo-Web-2014As the situation in Israel and Palestine worsens, and the number of lives lost and civilians wounded continues to rise, the United Reformed Church prays for peace and an end to the suffering. You may like to join us, using this prayer written by the Revd John Proctor, general secretary of the United Reformed Church:

 

Prayers for the people of Scotland in the run up to the referendum

scottish voteA resolution brought forward by the synod of Scotland at the United Reformed Church General Assembly last month, called for the URC to pray for the people of Scotland before, during and following the independence referendum to be held on 18 September 2014. The resolution stated: "These prayers should be for all, regardless of conviction, recognising how important the peoples of these islands are to each other."

 

The Windermere Centre offers radical generosity – not raised prices

Windermere CentreThe Windermere Centre – one of the United Reformed Church’s resource centres for learning – has taken the radical decision of abandoning its policy of charging set fees for guests attending courses and events or simply using the centre as a base for a holiday in the Lake District.

 

The United Reformed Church offers statement of solidarity on crisis in Iraq and Syria

iraq crisisModerator of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church, the Revd David Grosch-Miller, offers the following statement of solidarity as the crisis continues to unfold in Syria and communities in northern Iraq continue to face unrelenting persecution for their religious beliefs:

“As we witness hundreds of thousands of Christians, Yazidis, and members of other vulnerable religious and ethnic communities being forced from their homes, displaced, persecuted and murdered in northern Iraq and eastern Syria, we call for prayer and acts of solidarity. 

“The atrocities committed by the so-called 'Islamic State' militants have led to the massacre of thousands of men, women and children belonging to religious minority groups. The violence has displaced approximately 1.2million people in Iraq alone including followers of Islam. The thousands of Yazidis who were trapped on Mount Sinjar with no access to food or water, have now escaped into northern Iraq – searching for refuge anywhere possible. Yazidi villages in Iraq are reportedly being taken over by Islamic State militants who are rounding up and executing the men and taking the women to undisclosed locations. Thousands of Christians in the region are now in exile, as communities flee for their lives to take refuge in Kurdish cities.

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Mission development and evangelism

Mission is the reason why the church exists. It is God’s work, but it is work in which God is calling us to participate. Like the disciples, God is calling us to be witnesses and to live out the good news of God’s love for the sake of the world.  Many local churches have responded to this call and are giving expression to their faith in a variety of ways:  in outreach in the community, supporting food banks or soup kitchens, campaigning against poverty and injustice, working with people of other faiths, taking action to tackle climate change, relating to partners in the world church, telling others about their faith, finding new ways to connect with people, and much, much more.  

In these pages you will find information and resources that can help you to engage with God’s mission where you are. You will find news, events, campaigns and projects, worship materials, resources, information about grants and stories from local churches.

The Mission Team is on hand to help with support and advice. So do contact us, if you need us.

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The United Reformed Church believes that God continues to call people of all ages and backgrounds to the risks and joys of discipleship. It is through faithful obedience that lives of individuals and the world around us are transformed. To support and encourage individuals and congregations in their calling we offer the following resources for the whole church:

The Children's and Youth and Pilots pages contain information and resources relating to particular work amongst and by the younger members of the church.

The Church Related Community Work pages support the United Reformed Church’s distinctive ministry of community development.

Resources and guidance for Lay Preachers, Elders and Ministers of Word and Sacraments are to be found in Ministries Committee.

Learning and development opportunities for everyone within the church can be found at Education and Learning, as well as more particular matters regarding ministerial training such as safeguarding information.

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Welcome to the Finance pages of the URC

This section of the website contains information relating to accounts preparation, some guidance documents such as The Plan for Partnership, alongside Stewardship resources and other materials.

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Link to sign up for News UpdateThe Communications department oversees the internal and external communications of the denomination – including Reform, News Update and media releases. It also handles reputation management issues, oversees the content and maintenance of the URC website and database, produces quality design and print, publishes URC books and reports and is the initial contact point for copyright enquiries.

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Community Project Awards 2014

Community-project-playlist-videosOn 6 July the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church celebrated the work of the many community-based projects based in or linked to United Reformed Churches with the Congregational and General sponsored Community Project Awards.

Four projects won awards – the overall winner was Glenorchy Work Club based at Glenorchy United Reformed Church in Exmouth and the three runners up were Chapelfield Grow Your Own; Hope Restored, and Messy Church SEND.  Short films of all four projects are available here.

Mission Council

Next Meeting 03 - 05 November 2014 at The Hayes, Swanwick, Derbyshire.

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