Celebrate the URC's 50th Anniversary 2022

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The United Reformed Church (URC) will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2022. Marking our 50th year can help us to plan for the future – not only to keep pursuing our ecumenical vision, but also to plan for how we will continue to be an active, engaged and faithful Christian presence in our communities and in new ones. Not least, making our Jubilee will be an opportunity to give thanks. Watch our short video to see how we will be celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2022: find out what plans are in place to mark the occasion.

URC at 50: Worship Resources Competition
To celebrate the URC's 50th anniversary, choirs, bands, individuals, songwriters, composers, and poets are invited to submit an entry into the URC at 50: Worship Resources Competition.  There are four categories in which you can enter:

        • traditional hymn/song
        • poem
        • contemporary hymn/song
        • rap

Judges will select a winner from each category. Winning entries will be included in a digital version of the URC at 50 resource pack for local churches for them to use in jubilee celebrations and/or Sunday services.
The closing date for entries is 8 April 2022     Judges will assess each entry in May 2022    Winners will be informed in June 2022Winners will be publicly announced at General Assembly in July 2022, at which the songs, or recordings, will be performed/played/sung.  The winning entries will be recorded and/or filmed in July 2022 for sharing online.To enter, you must be a member or active adherent of a URC or a URC local ecumenical partnership, or URC Youth.

Entries can be new lyrics submitted to existing music within the public domain. Entries must have a jubilee/URC at 50 anniversary theme and be suitable for use in collective worship. Musical entries to new tunes must include lyrics plus musical score (PDF or JPG) and/or an audio recording (MP3 or MP4). The competition is open to people of any age. One entry per person/group. Submit entries to:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Winning entries will be played/performed at General Assembly in the Jubilee year. Winners will be awarded a commemorative trophy. Winning entries will be included in a URC at 50 resource pack for local churches for them to use in local jubilee celebrations and/or Sunday services.

Download the documents below to find out more about the Worship Resources Competition for our 50th anniversary:  
URC at 50 Worship Resources Competition (PDF | 88kb)      URC at 50 Worship Resources Competition (Word | 83kb) 

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