United Reformed Church LogoOn having driven to the city centre in Bristol and from there back home and having had some long detours because of road closures due to weeks long protests (nationwide): Extinction Rebellion I sat down in front of my computer to write this article for the August issue of Connect. Of course, I said to myself, the theme must be about raising awareness on environmental issues, our response to climate change, reducing pollution and our carbon footprint, recycling, tackling plastic (or rather “war on single use plastic”). I decided that despite the unpleasant consequences of Extinction Rebellion, such as disruption to public services and our daily routine due to longer car journeys.

Even those who keep complaining about the “anarchist protestors” acknowledge the welcome change in air quality in London, for instance. The nitrogen dioxide concentration dropped by up to 50% due to blocked roads and no traffic in Oxford Circus, Parliament Square, Waterloo Bridge and Marble Arch. The aim of the protests in central London is to pressure the government into declaring a ‘climate and ecological emergency’. The movement is calling for urgent action to halt biodiversity loss and to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions to zero by the year 2025.

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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.