A year of celebration
2017, a year for the whole United Reformed Church to celebrate all that we have been, are now and are called to be as we continue walking the way of Jesus Christ today.
It’s 500 years since the Lutheran Reformation, 100 years since the ordination of Constance Coltman, the first woman to enter congregational ministry, 45 years since the URC came into being, more than 80 years since Pilots started and 25 years since Commitment for Life began. So, let’s celebrate! And, in doing so, let’s think about who we are, what we’re about and how we can support one another as we all, in our own ways and contexts, seek to be better disciples of Jesus.
There are lots of events happening within the URC both Nationally and Locally.
Local events include:
11th June 2017 - Celebrating Freedom
15 July 2017 - Synod Study Day - Sherwood URC - Rev Dr David Cornick. Theme: 500th anniversary of the Reformation
Resources are available on the national URC website. Different ones each month.
On Sunday 11th June 2017 we are encouraging all churches in the Synod to celebrate together. You may want to have a Pastorate service, a joint service in with other churches, invite your friends, family, people who use the building in the week. Have a shared lunch, a picnic, a party, a cream tea.
Have games, watch the Constance Coltman film which you can see below, and download from youtube. Make it as big or as small as you want.
We would like it if all churches would use the same Bible readings and theme that Sunday
We will have packs available with ideas and the theme from January 2017
More information available from Jane Henderson
Constance Coltman was the first woman to be ordained in a mainline denomination in the United Kingdom. She was ordained by the Congregational Union of England and Wales at the King's Weigh House (Congregational Church), London, on 17 September 1917. Her husband, Claud Coltman, was ordained alongside her. It was the day before their marriage.
It was a remarkable achievement given the dismally patriarchal attitudes that prevailed at the time, and in many ways, still do. Her journey was one of profound character, conviction and courage. Constance's story resonates with those facing discrimination, prejudice and misunderstanding in the church today.