About the United Reformed Church
We are a family of Christians worshipping in the name of Jesus in about 1500 local churches from Orkney to Cornwall.
- "Reformed" means that we delight in the Bible, we do not fear change, and we try to run our churches in ways that takes everyone's insight and contribution seriously
- "United" is an important part of our story. We started when English Presbyterians merged with English and Welsh Congregationalists in 1972. Churches of Christ joined in 1981 and Scottish Congregationalists in 2000. We still work as closely as we can with Christians of all traditions and styles.
- And we are one "Church". We aim to grow through supporting one another and taking decisions together.
- All our tasks and posts are open to women as fully as to men. We are an intercultural church, where people with varied ethnic routes enrich each other's Christian living.
- Our people hold a range of opinions about theology and church life. In the words of the denomination's Statement of Nature, Faith and Order (1990) together we are firmly committed to "God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The living God, the only God, ever to be praised.
About Allerton URC
Allerton United Reformed Church has existed as a worshipping community here in Allerton since 1932 with the former city-centre Presbyterian churches moving from Canning Street and Mount Pleasant to the newly-developing suburban green fields. We became the United Reformed Church (URC) in 1972 following the national uniting of the English Presbyterian and Congregational churches.
As a URC congregation we are part of the Mersey Synod of URC churches and, locally, we are one of 10 Christian churches that make up Churches Together in Mossley Hill. We currently share our Minister, Rev'd. Tim Meadows with Stoneycroft URC and St. Stephen's Wavertree URC, together forming The Heart of Liverpool pastorate of churches, supported by our Student Minister, Cristina Cipriani, who is with us until May 2018.
With a church membership of 69 people from a variety of church backgrounds, our Sunday morning services, at 10:00 am, are traditional in content with a familiar format each week. The singing of hymns and songs is accompanied by an organist and we celebrate Communion on the 1st Sunday of most months, as well as major Christian festivals. We try to make everyone feel welcome - we are particularly child-friendly with Junior Worship classes for primary school-aged children during Sunday services, occasional "Messy Church" sessions and Holiday Clubs - but no-one is pressured to "join".
We provide (FairTrade) tea, coffee, juice and biscuits (and sometimes cake and even fresh eggs!) after each service when everyone is welcome to stay for a chat and we have a FairTrade stall once a month. We are open and welcoming to those who wish to celebrate baptisms, weddings (in accordance with all current provisions) and funerals. Our premises and halls are particularly well utilized by a wide variety of church and community users - whether groups, organisations or individuals. We are "home" to seven boys' and girls' uniformed organisations; two thriving parent and toddler sessions (Tots and Co.); a renowned drama group (RADS), and offer many social opportunities from our monthly Open Doors coffee morning and Monday Club to our regular quiz nights, concerts, charity coffee events and our annual Spring and Christmas fairs and Christian Aid Week.
Please feel free to join us on any Sunday morning at 10 am or drop in on one of our many social events. We look forward to welcoming you.