Our Church

We are...

...a large, thriving church with a wide age range. We enjoy a good reputation locally - not only for our own church activities, but also for our relationships with other local churches of different denominations and for our provision of premises and facilities for community activities not directly related with the church.


Our Denomination

The United Reformed Church was inaugurated in 1972 and comprises one hundred thousand people in 1600 congregations. It has brought together English Presbyterians, English, Welsh and Scottish Congregationalists and members of the Churches of Christ. Worldwide, more than 70 million Christians are members of the Reformed family of churches, the largest Protestant tradition. The name ‘Reformed’ is used because the churches began to emerge with reform movements in the sixteenth century.


Holy Communion at TWURC

Communion Policy

The Lord's Supper is a reminder of what Jesus did in the past, a symbol of our present relationship with Him and a promise of what He will do in the future. It is the Church’s thanksgiving to God for our redemption in Christ. In the URC Communion is regarded as the most significant act of the church family (The Manual: Section F6.1).

Participation in the Lord’s Supper
We believe that God loves everybody and that anybody can have a relationship with God if they wish. Children and young people are affirmed as full and valued members of the congregation. TWURC has an “open” communion table. Anyone can share in this sacrament. The Church Meeting of 19th February 2009 decided to encourage children (7+) and young people, if they believe in Jesus Christ, and at their parent’s discretion, to partake in the Lord’s Supper, as it is a sign of being a Christian and continuing in the Christian life. Our reasoning is that:-

• There is nothing directly in Scripture to prevent children and young people from taking Communion.
• The Reformed tradition upholds covenant theology and baptizes infants. So if they have given the sign of baptism it is wrong to deny them the sign of the Supper.
• At an open table, unbaptized or unconfirmed believers (paedo or otherwise) should not be discriminated against and should take Communion.
• The life of our congregation will be enriched by introducing children to the Lord’s Supper.
• Jesus’ attitude to children certainly sees them belonging to the Kingdom of Heaven (Mark 10:13-16).


Stipulation
When we come to worship we should be sure that our relationships with others are right, and if they are not, we should act quickly to make them right (Matthew 5:23-24). This admonition is especially true when we come to the Lord’s Supper. Whether baptized or not, and adhering to God’s Word, no one (of any age) must eat or drink in an unworthy manner (1 Corinthians 11:27).
TWURC is aware that children differ in maturity and their level of understanding, but it was recommended that 7 years old should be the minimum age for taking part.

Implementing the policy
The United Reformed Church understands the Lord’s Supper as a symbolic act that expresses sincere faith in Jesus Christ by celebrating the sacrament as a united fellowship. The minister, elders, and junior church leaders are responsible in explaining clearly the meaning of the Lord’s Supper and to encourage a programme of ongoing nurture and support.


Holy Baptism at TWURC

Baptism Policy

Infant Baptism
This applies to all parents (members / non-members) seeking the baptism of their child.
1. Baptism application forms must be completed. Usually this will be done when the Minister meets the parents to arrange a date and to discuss the service.
2. At least one parent should have been baptized.
3. The parents / god-parents (if applicable and where possible) of the child will be required to attend a baptism preparation evening to explore what baptism means and to understand the promises made in the service. This is normally a single session.
4. The parents of the child will be encouraged to attend Church in the period prior to the date of the baptism.
5. A Church Friend will be appointed to the child and will be present when the parents and the Church make their baptismal promises. It is the duty of the Church Friend to maintain pastoral relations with the family, to show, in all the ways which occur to them, through their friendship, the friendship of Jesus and the Church.
6. Baptisms should take place at morning worship. “Private” baptisms will only be considered under special circumstances.
7. There is no fee, but parents should consider making a gift to the Church as a thank-offering.
8. The certificate of baptism and baptismal candle will be presented during the service.

Believer Baptism
1. Baptism application forms must be completed. Usually this will be done when the Minister meets the candidate to arrange a date and to discuss the service.
2. The candidate will be required to attend a baptism preparation course to explore what baptism means and to understand the promises made in the service. This is normally a single session.
3. For adults who have been baptized as a child, the Church offers a service of renewal of baptism vows without water.
4. For adults who have not been baptized before, the Church offers baptism by sprinkling, pouring, or immersion (can be arranged).

Service of Thanksgiving
1. For the parents who feel unable to attend Church, baptism preparation course, or make the baptismal vows for any reason, the Church offers a Service of Thanksgiving. This is similar in format to the baptism service but without godparents and promises.

The Baptism of Babies

Here we answer some popular questions about the baptism of babies at our church.

[1] What is Baptism?
Simply put, "Baptism” is the ceremony in which people of any age declare their Christian faith and join the Christian Church. The Church is often thought to be the local building where the ceremony takes place, but the Church is properly the name for the gathering of the people who follow Jesus Christ, that is Christ-ians. The Church is the world-wide community you join when you become a Christian. Whether you are aged 6 months or 80 years, baptism is the ceremony that witnesses to your trust in Jesus, your willingness to belong to him and your dedication to live like him.
[2] Is it the same as Christening?
Yes. A baptism is a Christening because it centres on Christ. A baby can’t make the promises to God, but relevant adults can do this for the baby, provided that they are Christians. Christening is simply another way of saying what happens: as a sign of belief, in baby baptism, parents and Godparents are asked to state their own Christian faith and to promise to bring up the child in the Church. The Church also expresses its faith and accepts a responsibility to help the child grow up in the Christian Faith.
[3] Baby baptism is special.
Parents & Godparents declare their faith and make promises to God. Parents also promise to pray for and teach their child about Jesus and to bring the child to Sunday worship. Godparents also promise to pray for the baby and to support his/her family as they are able. False promises make God sad, and are bad for children. Because of this TWURC is reluctant to baptise children whose parents are not willing to keep their promises to God. So, we offer an:-

Act of Thanksgiving for God’s Gift of Your Child
In the setting of Sunday AM worship to dedicate you as the parents, and any sponsors for the child; ask you to make promises of love and care for the child and then specially bless the child in the general care of God.

For more information call the church on 01902 754383
or the Minister on 01902 564235


Explorers

Junior Church

Explorers is for children and young people (from 3 to 17 years old). Meetings are weekly and last about half an hour during the course of the morning service. Members of Junior Church join in worship with the rest of the church at the beginning and end of each service. They also lead services from time to time (ie Father's Day and Nativity services).


Bible Study

Becoming a disciple...

...means making a commitment to follow the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe with Paul (Romans 10: 13) that “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved”. We also take seriously Paul’s questions (Romans 10:14): “But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him?” In addition to proclaiming Jesus in our services we have a weekly Bible study meeting (term-time only) to help people make up their own minds about Him. Come and see!


Underlying Principles

At TWURC...

We believe in one God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We find in the Bible that mankind has rebelled against God's infinite love and justly incurred His wrath and justice. All of us have sinned and need to be saved from the guilt, power and penalty of our sin, if we are to know God.

We state that the Lord Jesus Christ, God's only Son, came to this earth in order to die on the Cross in our place, taking the punishment we deserve so that God's justice might be satisfied.

We understand that this means that through repentance we can be forgiven and reconciled to God, become His sons and daughters and look forward to our inheritance in the New Heavens and the New Earth.

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