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URC Mersey is helping churches stay connected with their congregations and communities during the Coronavirus with advice and resources.

Creative Choir on YouTube

Martin with his wife KarenJoined in song but separated by the coronavirus lockdown, members of Grange URC, Bebington, Wirral, recorded a hymn, There Is A Redeemer and then uploaded it on YouTube. They are now putting the finishing touches to another hymn – And Can It Be? – to be released when the church reopens on 4 October. Pictured are husband and wife Martin and Karen Morris, so no social distancing required! Find out more and listen to the hymn.

Grants

The All churches Trust has launched Hope Beyond, a new grants programme to enable churches and Christian charities to meet changing needs within their communities as the long-term impact of Covid-19 becomes clearer. Hope Beyond can provide between 10% and 80% of a project’s costs, up to a total of £50,000. Find out more and how to apply here

The National Churches Trust's foundation grants programme funds small works to church buildings that cost up to £10,000 (excluding VAT) by providing grants of up to 50% of the cost (up to £5,000). Works would need to have two quotes in place and permissions, if required. Decisions are made on a monthly basis. The final deadline for 2020 funding is 30 October 2020. Read more.

Information Guides

Check out the national URC website for a variety of information guides, including using Zoom, copyright and other issues during the Coronavirus crisis.