50 Years of the United Reformed Church
On Sunday 9th October we are celebrating this event with a Songs of Praise service, including music on piano and organ.
The creation of the United Reformed Church in 1972 formally merged the Presbyterian Church of England and the Congregational Church in England and Wales. One Member of Parliament at the time described this merger as: “one of the most historic measures in the history of the Christian churches in this country.”
The denomination expanded when Churches of Christ joined it in 1981, followed by Scottish Congregationalists in 2000.
The URC is a nonconformist Church. Put most simply, this means that we are not an ‘established’ Church, with a formal link to civil authority like, for example, the Church of England has.
However, the URC is committed to working closely with Churches of all traditions, in prayer and social action, and many of our local churches are now united with local churches from other traditions (Baptist, Church of England, or Methodist to name a few).