The United Reformed Church

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The United Reformed Church was formed in October 1972 through the union of the Congregational Church in England and Wales and the Presbyterian Church of England. It was joined by the Re-formed Association of the Churches of Christ in 1981 and the Congregational Union of Scotland in April 2000.

 

What is the United Reformed Church? It is more than a name….

We are a family of Christians, worshipping in the name of Jesus in about 1500 local churches from Orkney to Cornwall.

  • ‘Reformed’ means that we delight in the Bible, we do not fear change, and we try to run our churches in ways that take everyone’s insight and contribution seriously.
  • ‘United’ is an important part of our story. We started when English Presbyterians merged with English and Welsh Congregationalists in 1972. Churches of Christ joined in 1981 and Scottish Congregationalists in 2000. We still work as closely as we can with Christians of all traditions and styles.
  • And we are one ‘Church’. We aim to grow through supporting one another and taking decisions together.

All our tasks and posts are open to women as fully as to men. We are an intercultural church, where people with varied ethnic roots enrich each other’s Christian living. Our people hold a range of opinions about theology and church life. In the words of the denomination’s Statement of Nature, Faith and Order (1990) together we are firmly committed to ‘God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The living God, the only God, ever to be praised.’

Find out more by exploring this website, or (even better) by coming to meet us and worshipping with us.

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