Formed in 1972, the United Reformed Church is a union of:
- The Presbyterian Church of England (1972)
- The Re-formed Churches of Christ (1981)
- The Congregational Church of Scotland (2000)
The United Reformed Church is in frequent dialogue on unity with other traditions and has more than 400 local churches united with other denominations (eight of which are in the Swindon area).
Immanuel is part of the South West Synod of the U.R.C. http://www.urcsouthwest.org.uk which, for administrative purposes, groups together all the United Reformed churches from Cornwall to Wiltshire.
Currently there are some 56,000 adults children and young people in 1500 congregations across the UK served by 600 ministers – both men and women.
Internationally we are part of the Reformed Church with 70 million members world-wide and make up the largest strand of Protestantism. We hold the Trinitarian Faith (we believe in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit)and find authority for our faith and conduct in the Word of God in the Bible, discerned under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Being a union, the United Reformed Church is a ‘broad church’ – each one being slightly different from the other.
To find a United Reformed Church near you or to learn more about the denomination, visit http://www.urc.org.uk