- ‘Reformed’ means that we delight in the Bible, we do not fear change, and we try to run our churches in ways that take 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 roots 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.’
Find out more at: https://urc.org.uk/who-we-are/what-is-the-urc/
St James’s is one of the 64 congregations in the North East that make up the Northern Synod. There are thirteen synods throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
Find out more at: https://www.urc-northernsynod.org/
Find out more by exploring the websites above, or (even better) by coming to meet us and worshipping with us.
What we believe
There are a series of booklets on various topics under this heading if you would like to take a look. E.g. “What we believe about Baptism.” but lots of other topics available for you to explore. Available by following this link: https://urc.org.uk/who-we-are/what-we-believe/