About the United Reformed Church

The URC is a family of Christians who meet in local churches across England, Scotland and Wales, part of the worldwide family of Reformed Churches, a group of more than 70 million Christians.

The URC has around 47,000 members in about 1,300 congregations with more than 600 ministers. More than 60,000 people worship in our churches each week, and many more take part in the weekday activities of the churches.

  • ‘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.

Idle Upper Chapel URC belongs to the Yorkshire Synod of the URC. This is a group of nearly 100 churches across Yorkshire. The Yorkshire Synod is one of 13 Synods across England, Scotland and Wales. https://urcyorkshire.org.uk/

Idle URC have joined with Bingley URC and Trinity Keighley to form a joint pastorate known as the Aire Valley Pastorate. Although each church retains its own identity locally, we share ministry and resources and support each other.

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