United Reformed Church LogoAt the time I am writing this article the death toll has passed 320 across Sri Lanka (over 500 injured, and the fatalities are likely to rise) as a sad result of the terrorist attack on Easter Day. As we heard from the news it was an evil masterminded murderous operation targeting Christian churches and tourists in hotels. Horrible attack on humanity!

ISIS claimed responsibility, but the credibility of that claim has not been confirmed yet. There are various theories out there, why it happened (as a sort of response to the other terrorist attack in Christ Church not so long ago), but at the moment we just don’t know. Even if it were confirmed that one terrorist attack happened in the name of one religion as a response to another deadly incident committed in the name of another religion we still could not or should not generalise and blame any faith. Fuelling hatred, discrimination, prejudice towards people because of their religion and culture is wrong, let alone attacking them because of their beliefs!

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Induction Rev.d Janos Nagy

Dear Friends,
I am John, a Hungarian and British national who moved to England with my family 12 years ago. In 2002 I had a transfer from the UCC, Calvin Synod, USA to the British URC. Prior to that, I served in the Hungarian Reformed Church as a local church minister, a part time teacher and an editor for a church publishing house.

Since May 2002, I have served at Horfield and Argyle Morley URCs in Bristol, and I am still their minister, so they must be a very patient people!

What's it all about?

Church Membership is the way in which Christians who have made their home in the local church are encouraged to express their commitment to that congregation of God’s people.

Who are they?

Well Church Members are not Super-Christians, just ordinary people who meet regularly to try and make sure that the continued life and witness of the church is in line with how God wants it to be. You can still be effective within the life of the church without being a member, but only members have a vote at Church Meeting, and are therefore the people who, as a body, make decisions.