Stay Connected

The URC recommendation is that church buildings should be closed unless for foodbanks, night shelters or a similar life saving reason.  However, you can still stay connected during this crisis – with us, with URC national office, with your church members and with your community.

PhoneFor various specific advice and resources, please see the links on the right hand side of this page if you're on a computer, or at the bottom of this page if on a mobile device.

Streaming services and other resources

The URC national team have created a web section which includes government advice, prayers, ideas and resources, lists of churches who are streaming services and how to stay connected through WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter. Visit their web section here

The URC has created a Sunday Service email, an additional radio-style / podcast service  with hymns, readings, prayers and a sermon. It contains an order of service and words for you to sing along with the hymns. There will also be additional services during Holy Week. To sign up follow the link on this web page.

For those of you without access to digital, one minister in our Synod has produced a booklet which includes prayers, readings and a reflection for each Sunday until 19 April.

Possibly adapt the resources including hymns, prayers, commentaries, devotionals, and personal discipleship via The Worship Cloud.

See a list of virtual church services here

Virtual Coffee Morning

Why not get your coffee morning fellowship to each sign up for Zoom and then you can carry on where you left off? Grab a coffee, meet around the sofa (s) and chat - without leaving home.

Website 

If you don't already have a website, then now's the time. URC Mersey use Church123, who are very down to earth, helpful and reasonably priced. See a vast array of other tech solutions here.

IllustrationWhere the church is illustration

A cartoon is available for your website about 'Where Church Is' in these times, with thanks to CartoonChurch.com

This cartoon is free to use for by churches and individuals, in print, and online. For conditions and high resolution download go here.

Media

Is this your opportunity to speak faith not fear to your community using your local media outlets? For general advice, which you can adapt, on how to access and use the media, download our press guide here (or ask for a printed copy).

Reform online imageReform Magazine

For as long as people are shut up indoors, Reform magazine is free online. Please tell anyone who might like to know about this. Free, online copies of Reform can be accessed via the webpage at http://ow.ly/lBUW50yT73A.

Children and Young People

See our section on resources and activities while they're at home.

Property information

In light of the current crisis, please be assured that that the church buildings and public liability remain covered. It would be good if church buildings could be visited at least once a week but, above all, elders and church members MUST keep safe at all times and do nothing to put others in danger. See more