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Welcome to the website of the United Reformed Church’s Southern Synod.
As you explore the website, you will discover more about who we are and what we do. We are on a journey into new ways of being the Church, changing for the times in which we are set. God is still speaking: calling, using and sustaining the Church as doers of God’s mission and that is the source of our purpose and hope.
Whatever your situation as you read this, we wish you an overflowing measure of God’s greatest gifts – love, joy and peace.
THE UNITED REFORMED CHURCH is the result of a sequence of church unions towards the
close of the twentieth century: in 1972 the Congregational Church of England and
Wales and the Presbyterian Church of England joined together; in 1981 the Re-
For more information and details about the United Reformed Church click the link to the denominational web site: www.urc.org.uk
The 2014 Community Project Awards are now open. The biannual awards are a joint initiative between the United Reformed Church and Congregational & General Insurance plc, recognising innovative community projects that are connected to churches of the URC across England, Scotland and Wales. The awards offer prizes of up to £4,000. Judges are looking for church projects that are helping local communities in diverse and exciting ways – Is that your church community project?
For more than a decade, the awards scheme has been giving substantial cash awards to projects connected with the URC that have a positive effect within their community. In 2014, the first prize will be up to £4000; up to three further prizes will be awarded to the runners up, from a total prize fund of £10,000.
Margaret Slater, marketing manager of Congregational & General Insurance, sponsors of the Community Project Awards, said: “There are so many great projects, all making significant contributions to community life – and these awards seek to recognise and celebrate the breadth and diversity of work undertaken. What we are looking for are projects that make a difference; that have put a new twist on an old idea – excellent projects with a little bit of zing and pizzazz that stand out from the crowd and will inspire others to do the same!”
In 2012, the first prize fund went to The Edge, a pioneering project that helped transform the lives of many young people in Bradford. The Edge centre offers holistic support to young people between the ages of 11 and 18. Its work extends to local schools through assemblies and alternative education provided by volunteers. You can find out more about The Edge and other winning projects here.
If you are interested in applying, please read the rules and complete the entry form. The deadline for applications is Thursday 27 March 2014.Shortlisted projects will all be the subject of a short film which will be first shown at the awards ceremony, which takes place at the URC’s General Assembly in July 2014. Don’t miss your chance; enter today!
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