Commitment For LIFE 25 Years

 commitment for life-2018As in the past, Faith in Action Meeting and Commitment for Life have appreciated the practice of encouraging the congregations by updating them on the activities and others aspects of Commitment for Life. It is felt that in so doing the congregations are encouraged to keep playing their part, and for others to add their names on the list of contributors.  To view the article written on behalf of Commitment for Life, see link below. 

Download: Twenty Five Years plus is great! Report

Invitation to count and share your Blessings 

Commitment for Life is the world development programme of the United Reformed Church. We encourage participating churches  to take action, pray and give for people across the world but especially in our four partner countries/region of Bangladesh, Central America (Honduras, Guatemala. Nicaragua and El Salvador), Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory and Zimbabwe. We work in partnership with Christian Aid and Global Justice Now raising around half a million pounds a year from contributing churches. To find out more about the programme, visit the resources page click on the website link below.

Commitment for Life Moving Stories from our four partner countries

Click on the links below to read about life moving stories.

Bangladesh
May 2019
July 2019
September/October 2019
November/December 2019

Central America
May 2019
July 2019
September/October 2019
November/December 2019

Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories
May 2019
July 2019
September/October 2019
November/December 2019

Zimbabwe
May 2019
July 2019
September/October 2019
November/December 2019

Website: URC Mission Commitment for Life

General Data Protection Regulations

General-data-protection-regulatins-DPR-buttonThe documents in this section are offered to help churches comply with the General Data Protection Regulation which comes into force on 25 May 2018. It cannot cover comprehensively everything that any church might ever do with data but churches following this guidance should be well on their way to compliance.

You will have heard a lot of concern about the need to obtain consent from data subjects. There are legal bases for processing data, other than consent, which have been included in the template Data Privacy Statement, and wherever possible it is recommended that the need to obtain consent is avoided. However if you wish to collect or process Special Category Data you will need to obtain consent. A template consent form is included for this purpose.

Further guidance is still expected from the Information Commissioners Office and this guidance will be added to or amended as becomes necessary.

Reform's 'Chapter and Verse' Book

God is with us Fifty Bible Studies from Reform's Chapter and Versereform-bible-studies-2018

We're excited to announce God is with us; fresh responses to the good news; a selection of fifty Bible studies from Reform's popular Chapter and Verse column.

This publication, edited by Peter Knowles, is a long-awaited compilation of some of the most thought provoking Bible studies published in Reform between 2008 and 2016.  The book is organised thematically and the topics covered include Incarnation, grace, Kingdom and Meals & Justice. Described as an 'awesome piece of work' by the Revd Dr Peggy Mulambya Kabonde, General Secretary of the United church of Zambia -individuals and groups will find studies to surprise and challenge them in God is with us; fresh responses to the good news.

Buy now for just £7; or in a special, limited, promotion, with the 2019 Prayer Handbook for just £11.

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David Cornick given Lambeth Award

David Cornick given Lambeth Award by the Archbishop of Canterbury

David Cornick and Justin Welby crop credit Church of England news bannerThe Revd Dr David Cornick, former General Secretary of both the United Reformed Church (URC) and Churches Together England (CTE), has received an award from the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Mr Cornick received the Lambeth Cross for Ecumenism for 'outstanding sustained contribution to the development of ecumenical life and witness in England'.

The Church of England’s Lambeth Awards were launched by the Most Revd Justin Welby in 2016 in recognition of outstanding service in different fields.

Mr Cornick said: ‘I was astonished and surprised to be honoured by the award of the Lambeth Cross for Ecumenism by the Archbishop of Canterbury.  

‘I think it was an honouring not just of me and Churches Together in England, which I had the privilege of serving for ten years, but also of the United Reformed Church.

‘The citation draws attention to the vision of unity which the URC holds at its centre, and that my ministry and perceptions were rooted there. So, I hope all those in the URC who have been quietly working through the years to make local ecumenism work will feel that my recognition is theirs too.’  
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Braintree Area Foodbank

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Braintree Foodbank Items for "Warm' and 'Homeless Packs'

The warehouses remain well stocked but we are very short of some items.

Braintree Area Foodbank was set up four years ago in April 2012, under the auspices of The Trussell Trust to provide assistance for local people in crisis. The Foodbank has expanded to four centres, now including Christ Church, Braintree; Braintree Baptist Church; St Andrews Church, Halstead; and Witham Methodist Church. Since opening, the four centres have provided emergency food to over 10,020 people of whom 47% were children, and has distributed over 100 tonnes of food.

Latest statistics published by Trussell Trust foodbank network show UK-wide foodbank figures for 2015-16 remain at record levels; national need is still not decreasing. Early findings in new data analysis of Trussell Trust figures by University of Hull suggests foodbank use is highest in areas where many people are unable to work due to illness or disability, are skilled manual workers, or are deprived.

The Trussell Trust won the Overall Award at the Charity Awards 2016, as well as the Social Care and Welfare Award.  It is an honour that our work to tackle UK poverty and hunger has been recognised, with this achievement celebrating the incredible work of our staff and volunteers who change lives in communities across the UK and make what we do possible. We accept this award on behalf of the 40,000 volunteers who give their time so we can provide the most effective service to people thrown into crisis every day.    Website: Charity Awards for more information

Download: Braintree Foodbank Details and Newsletter     Website Braintree Area Foodbank

Explore Churches URC History Project

Explore Churches/URC History Project National Churches Trust

The Church Tourism manager at the National Churches Trust is seeking more churches from acroslogo2x copys the denominations, who would like to be included on their new website, designed to promote churches to visit, which is called ExploreChurches.

Valerie Jenkins who represents the URC on the Board of Trustees of the Churches Visitors and Tourism Association says: "to encourage visitors is part of the task of evangelism and by welcoming visitors we may be part of the first stage to transform those visitors into pilgrims". 

If you would like your church to be included, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to requet a form.

British/German Remembrance Resources

 Remembrabce-resources-2018A unique resource available as a downloadable pdf. For over 60 years the URC has had a Covenant of Pulpit and Table Fellowship with the Protestant Churches in the Palatinate region of Germany, the ‘Evangelische Kirche der Pfalz’. Drawing on this partnership for the 100 years commemoration of the 1918 Armistice, the URC have been working with our German partners to produce a shared resource, which can be downloaded as two separate booklets.

Entitled ‘One hundred years after the First World War: Looking back, looking forward’, the first booklet contains personal stories, reflections and poems written by British and German contributors. It includes a pilgrimage to the Somme this year undertaken by Pfarrer Martin Henninger from the Pfalz and the Revd David Pickering, Moderator of the Synod in Scotland. Their grandparents served on opposing sides during World War One. An accompanying booklet provides worship material: meditation, prayers, newly written hymns and biblical reflections and closes with a commitment to peace building.

The publication of the resource is timed so that material from the booklets can be used in preparation for remembrance services. We hope this combined British/German initiative will bring a thought provoking dimension to the 100 year commemoration of the end of World War One.

Multicultural Celebration

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An opportunity for ALL United Reformed Church congregations to come to the feast to share ideas and celebrate the gifts of our rich cultural diversity in the church and society

Website: Multicultural Celebrations for more information

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