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A Message In The Time of Coronavirus...

We have had to cancel one or more coming church services following the advice of the Synod (further notice will be given in time), and we might not even have an Easter Service at church, but Easter itself cannot be cancelled whatever may come. Hope in our Christian faith cannot be denied. Limited social interaction, in terms of physical contact, public gatherings, even self-isolation, may well be part of our “wilderness experience” and our Lenten journey this year.

But, as our Moderator writes to the churches:

“We can face uncertainty with faith. The people of God in the Hebrew Scriptures found their existence as God’s own people tested by, ultimately reinforced by, their time in the wilderness. God’s love and care is as sure for us as for them – we may not see the “fire and cloudy pillar” but we sing of it (in the hymn “Guide me O thou great Redeemer). Jesus has promised I will be with you always and although we may have to celebrate Easter in our homes, the truth of the resurrection of Jesus from death is undimished by whatever we may live through.”

Indeed. Yet, how can we practice our faith in these changed circumstances? How can we keep in touch with our fellowship and help them in practical ways? These are important and challenging questions. We need to find answers to them. For some time we might have to miss meetings with our friends in our buildings (though the premises need regular checking and maintaining), but we won’t have to miss our fellowship in a wider sense. Please make sure our church members and church attached friends are aware of our prayers said for them, of access to online devotions, e.g. URC’s Daily Devotions, (also available on Facebook) virtual worship, use Skype or any other means of the Internet for regular contact. Also, we have to make sure church giving is maintained during the period of temporary suspension.

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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.

Commitment for Life Prayer Partner's Handbook - PDF

Visit Commitment for Life on Facebook

Visit Nailsea Uganda Water Project on Facebook

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.