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The Ministers, Children & Youth Pastors, and Elders of Witham United Reformed Church condemn all forms of racism and will not tolerate any form of racist behaviour or language. We stand with our Black friends in calling for a complete end to all forms of racial discrimination and injustice, and will not stop until this is achieved.

We believe BLACK LIVES MATTER!

The URC

Who is the United Reformed Church? We are a family of Christians, worshipping in 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.
  • And we are one ‘Church’. We aim to grow through supporting one another and taking decisions together.

Our organisational structure

The URC has a three-tier structure, which is open for everyone to participate in.

Local churches have an Elders’ Meeting, in which the Ministers and Elders share pastoral and spiritual oversight and leadership, and a Church Meeting, where all members gather to seek God’s will and to discuss the life and work of the church.

At a wider level, the URC has 13 Synods: the national Synods of Scotland and Wales plus eleven regional Synods across England. Each provides oversight of about 100 local churches and is led by a Synod Moderator.

The General Assembly of the URC is its ultimate decision-making body. It meets every year to celebrate, discuss and make decisions about the life and work of the church.

Covid-19 service update

Family Church re-starts in-person from 23rd May!

Kids Church (years 1 – 6)  and Youth Church (years 7 – 13) will restart!

Baby Church (aka Crèche) will also start, but current guidelines require one parent to remain with the child.

(All current Zoom based Sunday children’s work will also stop on this date.)

Social distancing, mask wearing and no singing will remain in place ;(

 To attend, a seat must be booked by booking a ticket via My ChurchSuite (1 ticket per family group/bubble.) Please call the church office if you do not have access, and they will book you directly.

Activities for younger children – puzzles, word-search, colouring will be available for younger artists. Please request via the notes section when booking.

Where possible, if people without children can sit upstairs this would be preferred, but seats will also be available downstairs.

Seats near the front of the Sanctuary may be included in video shots which are livestreamed and subsequently available via YouTube. If you would like to remain out of camera shot, please let us know at the time of booking.

Services will be live-streamed, starting at 10:20am, and also available shortly afterwards.

Please check Sunday events in the calendar on the What’s On page for more info about each Sunday.

Tuesday Praise – restarted 18th May 2021!!

Please note that due to the coronavirus all other events, are cancelled until further notice.

The Centre office email is checked regularly so if you need help or are self-isolating please do let us know on info@withamurc.org.uk.

You can continue to view and listen to services on the Services page, or via the Facebook.

The church buildings are otherwise currently closed to everyone, and the telephone is now monitored.

The church are the people!

Service Study Guide 30th May

Click here to find study material written by David Cumbers that accompanies Sunday's service as we look at the subject of jealousy. This material can be used by House Groups or for individual study. House Group material for service 30th May

Pop up coffee shop

We are opening a Pop Up Coffee Shop! Come along every Thursday morning 10am - midday. Join us for a drink and a friendly chat. Starting Thursday 27th May.

Service Study Guide 23rd May

Study material to accompany WURC service on Sunday 23rd May. Click the link below for material written by Mark that can be used for individual study or in a group. This looks at the topic of Pentecost. House Group material for service 23rd May

Daily Hope

Daily Hope - FREE telephone line. Ideal for those who feel isolated and don't use technology. Please pass this on to people who you feel may benefit from this excellent service.

Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.

Billy Graham

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

C. S. Lewis
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