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As we confess in the Apostle’s Creed we believe that after Jesus rose from the dead, he did not die a second time. Instead, 40 days after his resurrection, Jesus left the Earth by being taken up, body and soul, to Heaven to re-join God the Father. This event is called the ascension (it falls on 21 May this year), and it was witnessed by Jesus’ eleven remaining apostles.

Now it came to pass, while he blessed them, that he was parted from them and carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Luke 24:51-52

The idea that Jesus ascended to God "up there" is just as strange as Harold Camping's image of corpses flying up to the sky along with today's believers. As a fundamentalist evangelist, though passed away some years ago, I am sure, he would have seen coronavirus as the beginning of the end times. I think differently. I think it is a sign for us to be kinder and more supportive towards each other, and a wake up call for the world that science should take priority over politics, not the other way round. Some Christians still live in a three-story universe: heaven above, earth between, hell below, but few people believe that if you get into a space ship and fly far enough, you'll find a place called "heaven."

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Sharing God's Love in a practical way has always been our aim, whether that be overseas or in our local community. We support overseas mission projects via Commitment for Life and Nailsea Water Project. We also support Caring at Christmas, Children's Hospice South West and local community projects by raising funds through special events and offerings.

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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.