News and Events

Partnership Conferences

We are holding some Conferences on Zoom during July to help us explore the way forward for our Partnership and its churches. Click the link to a poster outlining the details.

Partnership Conference (open to all elders and members)

Mon 13th July 6:00pm

(to generate practical ideas for the congregations and Ministry Team as we face the future together.)

Finance Mini-Conference (open to Treasurers and Bookings/Lettings Officers)

Tues 14th July 6:00pm

(taking care of finance during lockdown and afterwards)

Church Life Mini-Conference (open to Secretaries and Pulpit Supply Secretaries)

Fri 17th July 6:00pm

(leaving lockdown, restarting worship and meetings face-to-face)

Pray for the URC

A call to weekly prayer for our church from 4 June

From the Chairman, Brian Harley

The GEAR Committee have become aware of the need to pray about the challenging situation many URC congregations, Synods and central staff are facing.  We are therefore launching a weekly prayer initiative and are inviting everyone across the United Reformed Church to join us.

Over many weeks now, we have got used to Clapping for Carers at 8pm on a Thursday so we are asking folks not to turn on the TV when they go back indoors but to gather on line for prayer at 8.15pm for around 20 minutes.

A few people will meet on Zoom and this will be streamed live so you can listen in and pray alongside us and chip in with written chat, comments and prayers . Each week we will have a guest who will be invited to share briefly some prayer needs and then the others present will lead prayers for around 15 minutes. We want to keep it brief and refreshing and to maintain a focus on URC life – both local issues and those relating to central and Synod staff and the various committees and councils.

GEAR has for many years coordinated prayers around and at General Assembly. Although only part of the work of this important council will now take place over the scheduled dates, 10-13 July, prayer would still be much appreciated, in order that the decisions that are possible may be wise and fruitful.

We will run the on line Pray4URC for an initial six weeks from 4 June leading up to this date.

Our General Secretary, John Proctor, who is soon to retire, will be joining us on 4 June and we will introduce a guest each week to share prayer needs.   We have consulted with John and several others in shaping this plan and are pleased to have their blessing on this initiative.

Please join us via this link:   www.gear.org.uk/Pray4URC                

8.15pm on Thursdays from 4 June

Rev Brian Harley                                  01983 862485                    chairman@gear.org.uk

FUSION

DATE: Sunday 8th March 2020

TIME: 6:00pm

PLACE: Macedonia, Failsworth

WHAT: A time of praise, music, prayer and discussion organised by Jacob Smith.
Open to all shapes, sizes, ages and traditions.
Refreshments available.

FUSION? = Family; United; Spirit-filled; Informal; Open and honest; No Limit

Holy Habits Workshop – Cancelled

DATE: Tuesday 7th July 2020

TIME: 10:00 – 3:00pm

PLACE: Bamford Chapel and Norden

WHAT: A day of teaching, worship and ministry, exploring the Holy Habits as set out in Acts chapter 2.

The event is free but an offering will be taken for the work of ERA. 

Please bring a packed lunch.  Tea and coffee will be available.

The day will be led by Andrew and Sally Willett. They serve as URC ministers in London and also serve the whole of the URC as ‘Evangelism and Renewal Advocates’ employed by GEAR (Group for Evangelism and Renewal). 

Holy Habits Workshop – Cancelled

DATE: Saturday 27th June 2020

TIME: 10:00 – 3:00pm

PLACE: Macedonia URC

WHAT: A day of teaching, worship and ministry, exploring the Holy Habits as set out in Acts chapter 2.

The event is free but an offering will be taken for the work of ERA. 

Please bring a packed lunch.  Tea and coffee will be available.

The day will be led by Andrew and Sally Willett. They serve as URC ministers in London and also serve the whole of the URC as ‘Evangelism and Renewal Advocates’ employed by GEAR (Group for Evangelism and Renewal).