Immanuel United Reformed Church

URC-LOGO-greyscaleSharing the Love of Jesus, Serving the Community

Immanuel front elevation

With Sunday worship at the heart of its life, Immanuel is a lively, thriving church, open seven days a week and offering  a wide range of activities.

We like to think we are a welcoming church but you’d need to come along and meet us to find that out!  We are always keen to see new faces  – so why not join us for one of our services?

Since 1969 Immanuel has been in an ecumenical partnership in Old Town, Swindon, with Christ Church (Church of England) and Bath Road (Methodist) making us arguably the oldest partnership of its kind in the country. Although we worship in three separate buildings we recognise each other’s ministries and try to work as closely together as we can.

Our partnership logo shows three arrows looking to the cross  and also coming from the cross – three churches centred on Jesus, but also looking out into the community and the wider world.

http://www.sotpc.org.uk

We are also in a joint pastorate with Highworth United Reformed Church and share in the ministry of Revd Robert Jordan M.A.

http://www.highworthurc.org.uk

Since the autumn of 2016 we have welcomed onto our premises members of the Romanian Pentecostal Church who use our buildings on a regular basis for worship and meetings  in their tradition and in their language.

Corona Virus: advice from the URC

The following link offers the advice given by the URC national HQ.

https://urc.org.uk/images/News/Coronavirus_advice_for_URC_20-02-20.pdf

The following poem / prayer  was used during the morning service on Sunday 15th March and it was felt that a wider audience might appreciate it:

Pandemic

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.

And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love–
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.

–Lynn Ungar 11/03/20

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