ABOUT THE URC

In October 1997 the United Reformed Church celebrated its 25th anniversary. Formed in 1972 by the union of the Congregational Church in England and Wales and the Presbyterian Church of England, the United Reformed Church has continued to express its deep commitment to the visible unity of the whole Church. In 1981 it entered into union with the Re-formed Churches of Christ and in 2000 with the Congregational Union of Scotland. The United Reformed Church is in frequent dialogue on unity with other traditions and has more than 400 local churches united with other denominations.

The United Reformed Church comprises 150,000 adults and 100,000 children and young people in 1750 congregations spread throughout England, Scotland and Wales, served by some 1100 ministers, both women and men.

Though one of the smaller of Britainís Ďmainstreamí denominations, the United Reformed Church stands in the historic Reformed tradition, whose member denominations make up the largest single strand of Protestantism with more than 70 million members world-wide. Along with other Reformed churches the United Reformed Church holds to the Trinitarian faith expressed in the historic Christian creeds and finds its supreme authority for faith and conduct in the Word of God in the Bible, discerned under guidance of the Holy Spirit. The United Reformed Church also expresses its faith in the ministry of all Godís people through the structure of democratic Councils by which the Church is governed.

Theologically, the United Reformed Church is a broad church, its membership embraces congregations of evangelical, charismatic and liberal understandings of the Christian faith Ė in a variety of mixtures!

  Sunday morning worship
  Sunday morning worship
  Harvest Festival
  Harvest Festival
'in the round'
  Behind the church
  Behind the church
  Preparing the new wildlife area
  Preparing the
new wildlife area
  Worship in the woods (church weekend away)
  Worship in the woods
(church weekend away)

 

External view of the church taken from
the village green
 
 
View of the church from the gallery Easter collage made by children at the Holiday Club View towards the rear of the church across children’s play area One of the rooms where Junior Church and Pre-School meet Upstairs room usually used by the young people