The United Reformed Church

What is the United Reformed Church?

The United Reformed Church is a Union of…

  • the Congregational Church in England and Wales; (united in 1972)
  • the Presbyterian Church of England; (united in 1972)
  • the Re-formed Association of Churches of Christ. (joined in 1981)
  • the Congregational Union of Scotland (joined in April 2000)

The United Reformed Church stands in the Reformed tradition of Christian faith…

  • believes in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
  • finds the supreme authority for faith and conduct by the guidance of the Spirit in the Word of God in the Bible;
  • looks to be continually renewed and reformed so as to fulfil its mission of witness and service in the name of Jesus Christ;
  • is governed by councils of Ministers and Elders, not by individuals (such as Bishops);
  • safeguards the equality of all Ministers: there is no hierarchy;
  • practises both infant and believer’s baptism and celebrates the Lord’s Supper;
  • recognises the ministry of God’s people: all the members serving in the world and through the church, in particular: ministers of Word and Sacrament, elders, lay preachers, church related community workers (CRCWs), and workers from partner churches.
  • shares with other churches as part of the World Council of Churches, and ‘Churches Together in…’ at local, regional and national levels.

The United Reformed Church stands in a large world-wide grouping called the World Alliance of Reformed Churches. Together with the World Lutheran Federation, the other international grouping of Reformed Churches, this makes up the largest family of Churches in the world.

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