Who is the United Reformed Church?
We are a family of Christians, worshipping the name of Jesus in about 1500 local churches from Orkney to Cornwall.
'Reformed' means that we delight in the Bible, we do not fear change and we try to run our churches in ways that take everyone's insight and contribution seriously.
'United' is an important part of our story. We started when English Presbyterians merged with English and Welsh Congregationalists in 1972. Churches of Christ joined in 1981 and Scottish Congregationalists in 2000. We still work as closely as we can with Christians of all traditions and styles.
We are one Church. We aim to grow through supporting one another and taking decisions together.
All our tasks and posts are open to women as fully as to men. We are an intercultural church, where people with varied ethnic roots enrich each other's Christian living. Our community hold a range of opinions about theology and church life. In the words of the denomination's Statement of Nature, Faith and Order (1990), together we are firmly committed to 'God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The living God, the only God, ever to be praised'.
Who are we at Newtown URC?
St Helens is a vibrant, distinctive town in the heart of the North West of England, which over the last ten years has undergone expansive regeneration which has changed it beyond recognition.
Situated between the cosmopolitan cities of Liverpool and Manchester, St Helens ws made famous for coal mining and its world-renowned glass-making.
The economic landscape of St Helens now focuses on transportation, logistics and knowledge-based industries whilst the cultural and visitor economy flourishes.
The church is situated close to St Helens town centre but is fortunate to have its own small commercial centre boasting well established businesses which serve the local community. Though varied in age and social status, the population is mainly white British. The older style terraced properties are complemented by new building projects attracting new families to the area. New homes are currently being built on several nearby sites including the former home of St Helens Rugby League Club, which is just a quarter of a mile away.
National URC website: www.urc.org.uk
Mersey Synod URC website: www.urcmerseysynod.org.uk