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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:



New United Reformed Church media app

urc media appThe United Reformed Church communications team has developed a free URC media app that can be downloaded to windows and android phones, with an iPhone specific version coming later in the year– offering a fast and easy way of keeping up to date with the latest news from in and around the URC.

Gill Nichol, URC interim director of communications, said: “the new official media app for the URC enables you to have instant access to the URC news as well as Twitter and facebook updates, shortcuts to the online directory and all the latest stories and articles in Reform magazine.

“It’s a great way of joining in the debate with Reform and keeping up to date with local and national URC news, so make sure to download the app today and have all the latest from URC communications in one  easy to access space.”

The official URC media app is now available for download for free here.

Copyright alert!

copyrightIn recent months Church House has become aware of two occasions where unintentional copyright infringements have resulted in local churches being faced with legal action. On both occasions the infringement centred on a short poem: The Dash by Linda Ellis – being published without permission in church newsletters and/or church websites.

Please take great care in all that you publish – and never publish items that you don’t have permission to publish (e.g. poems, prose extracts, song/hymn lyrics). If you do want to publish something that’s protected by copyright, please seek written (or emailed) permission from the copyright holder before you print it in your newsletter or post it on your church website.

We also recommend that churches check their insurance cover to ensure that appropriate insurance cover is in place in the event that a claim for breach of copyright is made.

In the event that you do receive a threat of legal action we suggest that you take legal advice, but, in the first instance, please do contact Gill Nichol, the URC’s interim’s director of communication, for initial advice before responding.

The CCLI website is an excellent source of information on copyright law.