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The Revd John Proctor retires after serving the URC for 34 years

The Revd John Proctor, outgoing General Secretary of the United Reformed Church (URC), is retiring on 14 August having served the Church for 34 years. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, colleagues and friends will gather digitally for a virtual leaving do. In his own words, John reflects on his time in the role and offers thanks… Continue reading

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Reform magazine: Stay Online

Planning your summer holiday and reading list? Consider taking a copy of the United Reformed Church’s (URC) Reform magazine with you. Packed with news, comment, inspiration and debate, there’s still time to read great articles in the summer edition, before September’s issue is published on 30 August. Like “Stay Online” an article by Lawrence Moore,… Continue reading

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Isle of Man URC resumes services

There was relief and joy on the Isle of Man, as St Andrew’s United Reformed Church (URC) – along with other congregations linked to Churches Alive in Mann – resumed services, 38 days after the island’s last Covid-19 case. Read More … Continue reading

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Comfort pebbles link hospice with loved ones

The past few months have seen us all adapting to new ways of managing our lives, as we strive to contain the spread of Covid-19. One change that a hospice chaplaincy team in Farnham has made, is to provide “comfort pebbles” to residents and their loved ones. Read More … Continue reading

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Richard Church retires after four decades of URC ministry

The Revd Richard Church has retired, after 39 years of ministry in the United Reformed Church (URC). Richard has served the URC as Deputy General Secretary (Discipleship) since May 2015. His last working day was on 17 July. As staff were unable to celebrate the occasion in person, a leaving party was held online, using… Continue reading

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URC minister walks 88 miles in 88th year for church building project

The Revd John Reardon, a former United Reformed Church (URC) Deputy General Secretary, has completed a sponsored walk of 88 miles in one month in his 88th. John, who is a member of Newport Pagnell URC (NPURC), Buckinghamshire, is part of a fundraising team for the Mead Centre – a community building project aimed at… Continue reading

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Coronavirus: URC guidance around face coverings

In light of the various guidance issued by the governments in England, Scotland and Wales, the United Reformed Church (URC) Synod Moderators strongly encourage the use of face coverings for all people attending worship and other URC events that involve face-to-face meetings.  We recommend that these do not need to be surgical-type masks but should… Continue reading

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URC Youth achieve climate emergency action at Mission Council

United Reformed Church (URC) Youth are celebrating that the wider denomination has officially recognised the climate emergency. URC Youth presented a resolution, which subsequently passed, at Mission Council, the executive body of General Assembly, held digitally on 10 July. Not only did the resolution ask Mission Council to officially recognise the climate emergency, it also… Continue reading

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Call for Covid-19 debt cancellation for the poorest countries

The new Moderators of General Assembly, Claire Downing and Peter Pay, have joined 75 other faith leaders to call for a ‘debt jubilee’ for the 77 poorest nations as they deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Saving lives in this pandemic is not only a health challenge, but a financial one too. Around… Continue reading

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The Revd Robert Waters, MBE, MA 1930-2020

It is with deep sadness that the United Reformed Church (URC) announces the death of the Revd Robert Waters. Mr Waters, widely known as Bob, died peacefully in his sleep at home on 3 July, just four days shy of his 90th birthday. The reverend trained at the Scottish Congregational College and served as a… Continue reading

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