PURPOSE & MISSION
The purpose of the United Reformed Church
Within the one, holy, catholic, apostolic Church the United Reformed Church acknowledges its responsibility under God:
- to make its life a continual offering of itself and the world to God in adoration and worship through Jesus Christ;
- to receive and express the renewing life of the Holy Spirit in each place and in its total fellowship, and there to declare the reconciling and saving power of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ;
- to live out, in joyful and sacrificial service to all in their various physical and spiritual needs, that ministry of caring, forgiving and healing love which Jesus Christ brought to all whom he met;
- and to bear witness to Christ’s rule over the nations in all the variety of their organised life.
The Five Marks of Mission
- to proclaim the good news of the kingdom;
- to teach, baptise and nurture new believers;
- to respond to human need by loving service;
- to seek to transform unjust structures of society;
- to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, to sustain and renew the life of the earth.
What We Do
The Eastern Synod of the United Reformed Church, is one of thirteen Synods (11 provincial in England, and 2 national in Scotland and Wales).
The Synod serves the local URC churches in Eastern England, many of which are linked with other denominations, thus expressing our goal of unity in God's mission.
Local URC inter-church fellowship and decision-making are fostered through the Area Partnerships. Within the Eastern Synod, there is also one United URC/Methodist Area Council.
The Synod Council, comprised mainly of ministers and lay representatives from the local churches, meets twice a year for worship together, fellowship, discussion and decision-making. The Synod Moderator - Revd Paul Whittle - chairs these biannual meetings. "The Synod Meetings, held at various church venues around the Synod, normally begin at 10.30 am and finish at 4 pm. Refreshments are normally available from 10 am and at 4 pm. It may be possible to organise a crèche for those attending the Synod Meeting: a request should be made to the Synod Clerk well in advance of the meeting if this may be required. Dates and venues for the meetings are published along with the Committee Meeting dates in the calendar on the right-hand side. The pack of Synod Papers will be sent out to minsters and representatives approximately two weeks before each meeting."
What is the United Reformed Church
The United Reformed Church (URC) was created in 1972 by the joining together of the Congregational Church in England and Wales, and the Presbyterian Church in England.
The Re-formed Association of Churches of Christ joined with the URC in 1981 and in April 2000 the Congregational Church in Scotland united with us.
A United Reformed Church resource that fits the School Curriculum that can be adapted for local use
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Eastern Synod achieved Fairtrade status in December 2004
Please note that the calendar of Committee Dates can be accessed via the link on the right-hand side of each Committee page.