Covid-19

New Freedoms, Same Responsibilities

NEW FREEDOMS, SAME RESPONSIBILITIES

As the Governments in England, Scotland and Wales move towards reducing or ending Coronavirus restrictions on Places of Worship, the Synod Moderators offer the following guidance to congregations of the United Reformed Church.

Synod Moderators issue new guidance on reopening of churches - 5 March 2021

Synod Moderators issue new guidance on reopening of churches - 05032021

As lockdown restrictions and governments’ stay-at-home requirements begin to gradually ease across the UK, the United Reformed Church (URC) Synod Moderators provide updated advice to churches.

The Moderators know that churches are keen to make plans to reopen for public worship and other activities and so provide the following guidance:

Guidance from the Synod Moderators on closing church buildings for public worship (Statement 5/1/21)

Guidance from the Synod Moderators on closing church buildings for public worship - Synod Moderators strongly recommend that churches should cease to meet for in-person worship and move exclusively to online or paper-based worship material.

Pastoral Letter, Statement from URC General Assembly Moderators and Latest Advice from Synod Moderators on Places of worship and community halls during November lockdown in England

  • Pastoral Letter for the Churches of East Midlands Synod at the beginning of the second lockdown
  • Latest advice from Synod Moderators on ‘places of worship and community halls during November lockdown in England’
  • Statement from the URC General Assembly Moderators, Revd Clare Downing & Mr Peter Pay

In sad and glad remembrance - written by Revd Michael Forster

In sad and glad remembrance - Revd Michael Forster

Written by Michael Forster, one of our own Synod's retired ministers, this hymn was used in Sunday evening's live-streamed "Lincoln Remembers: Covid, Grief and Hope"...

Transition from Lockdown

A group of the URC’s Training & Development Officers have compiled this simple document, giving examples of what some churches have done during the lockdown and how they are now adapting their practice during this tricky transitional period...

Coronavirus: URC guidance around face coverings

In light of the various guidance issued by the governments in England, Scotland and Wales, the United Reformed Church (URC) Synod Moderators strongly encourage the use of face coverings for all people attending worship and other URC events that involve face-to-face meetings

Image: Mika Baumeister/Unsplash

New Reality, Same Mission

A stimulus to renewed community engagement as we emerge from the Pandemic

URC produces plan for new normal post-Covid-19

Are you ready for the “new normal”? United Reformed Church (URC) Synod Moderators have produced a new booklet to help churches and ministers move forward once the Covid-19 lockdown eases

Coronavirus in 17 Syllables

Coronavirus in 17 syllables

During the lockdown the Revd Derek Hopkins, minister at Yardley Hastings, has not only been supporting the church’s contribution to community action in the village but has expressed his reactions to coronavirus in a series of haiku. This is a Japanese verse form of 17 syllables over three lines (typically 5,7,5) and often with a contrast or development in the final line...

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