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One of the big changes for after 19 July is that we are allowed to sing, even if the URC’s “New Freedom, Same Responsibilities” document suggests a “risk-managed approach to congregational singing”. In the last 16 months we have not been allowed to do that, “risked-managed” or not. So many of you might have been like me: got a tune stuck in your head. Well, lately the words, and the tune “One more step along the world I go” popped up in my head and I often found myself humming or singing the hymn.

Now as the restrictions are further easing (but common sense still has to remain in place) people might find themselves very busy again, for them the tune of “One more step … it’s from the old we travel to the new...” stuck in their heads, and the meaningful words may well help. It has a calming effect on all of us, we should not worry. Up till now some of you may have had more time on your hands than usual. Time to tackle jobs you intended to do but never quite got round to, time to “improve professionally”: more reading, more Biblical studies, more self-education and much more “computer science” (Zoom). Of course for many it has been quite the opposite – as those with young grandchildren to take care of while schools were closed struggled to have enough time for themselves and their immediate families. So many different experiences and so many different ways we had to adapt to a new way of living through Covid.

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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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Image of Rev'd John Gray 2014Dear Friends,
My name is Revd John Gray. I have been a URC minister to Nailsea URC since 2014. Prior to that I was a local minister to Horfield and Argyle Morley URCs only, and in 2014 Nailsea URC was added to the pastorate.

My theological training, upbringing and background is Calvinistic, or rather Presbyterian, however, today I could not “be boxed” into any theological platform and movement. Perhaps, I would like to be regarded as a Spirit-led, Bible-driven, Green thinking humble servant of God, who is yet quite confident in our team-work of pastoral, teaching and preaching ministry at Nailsea URC.

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.

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