Hello and welcome to the website of Newtown United Reformed Church!
My name is Diane and I'm the Minister of the church. I've been at Newtown since July 2015 and am enjoying getting to know the people and the area, as well as leading the church in developing its faith and mission.
I do this work for love, not money, and am also the Minister at our sister church, Toll Bar with Prescot URC. In addition I have a part-time paid job, supporting people with disabilities. It is a great privilege to be doing work that is so worthwhile, and above all to follow God's calling in my life.
Newtown is a very friendly church, always looking for ways of reaching out and welcoming new people. We would love to see you at any of our services or events, whether you are a church-goer or not. Do get in contact if you want to know more or if I can help you in any way.
Rev Diane Barrow
I think it would not be an exaggeration to say that we are living in a time of political turmoil, perhaps unprecedented since the Second World War, affecting not only the UK and other European countries, but the USA, Turkey, Korea and many others.
In times like this it is so important to know that we can turn to God, the almighty, everlasting one, and trust in his word. This promise from Isaiah 54:10 particularly comes to mind: '"Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the Lord, who has compassion on you.' We are people who do not need to be afraid because both the present times and the future are in God's hands and we can always trust in his unfailing love.
But also, as followers of Christ in this troubled world, we cannot bury our heads in the sand and hope everything will work out OK. That would be like the servant who was chastised for burying his talent. We have been given gifts to use for the advancement of God's Kingdom here on earth. Jesus has given us a commission: to make disciples of all nations. And so at a time like this, it is really important that we get to work, using our gifts - the gift of prayer, friendship, compassion, giving, and many others, so that the light of Christ shines more brightly through us into the world.
The leaders of all the Christian denominations in England have called for a season of united prayer for spiritual renewal between Ascension and Pentecost this year, under the heading 'Thy Kingdom Come'. I am planning to set up prayer stations on this theme in our church on Wednesday 24th May (the day before Ascension), from 10.30-12.00 noon and 7.00-8.00pm, and hope that many of you will come along and be inspired to pray.
God bless you!
Prayers for our Church and Community
Please pray for Newtown URC and the community in which we are placed. Here are some points to get you started:
· For us all to grow in love for God and for one another
· For the money that we need, not only to maintain the church and pay the bills, but to expand our work for the Lord
· For more people to join us at social events and in worship
· For the ability to listen - to God and to the community
· For Queens Park Primary School: all the staff, children and their families, and for the assemblies this year which will teach the children the whole Bible
· For the families and individuals living in the streets around us
· For the businesses nearby
· For all those providing services to the community
· For our neighbouring churches: Bethel Mission, St Luke's and St Teresa's.