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of the United Reformed Church


The North Western Synod stretches from the Scottish borders,
through Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, and into parts of Cheshire, and Derbyshire


to the North Western Synod

of the United Reformed Church

Our vision, to be

“Jesus-shaped churches, full of Jesus-shaped people,
making a Jesus-shaped difference in our communities and world”


to the North Western Synod

of the United Reformed Church

The Synod’s purpose is to help local churches in their mission to reach out to the people around them with love, truth, justice, and peace, to make this world more as God wants it to be


to the North Western Synod

of the United Reformed Church

Our website is jam-packed with resources, ideas, events, information, and advice, designed to equip and support your local church


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Go on, explore what’s on offer, and if you need anything further – contact us below, we’ll be happy to help

At the East Midlands Synod meeting, Rev’d Dr. John Bradbury [the recently appointed General Secretary of the URC] gave an address considering some important questions concerning our current experiences and the future, under the title:  

Covid-19, Exile and Resurrection:

A Word for the United Reformed Church

You may find his words and approach to be comforting, stimulating, challenging and hugely relevant to our lives as Christians, members of local United Reformed Churches and the church universal today – as well as relating to the future of our local churches. He reflects on words of Jeremiah and part of John’s story of the resurrection in these contexts, and asks us to do the same.   The link is below:    

Please take time to listen prayerfully to John and, perhaps, later to reflect with others on what he says to us.

October synod

Download the Book of Reports for the October Synod here

Or for further information about how our synod Meetings operate, visit our Synod Meetings page

Information & Discussion Sessions


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Coronavirus Pandemic

The North Western Synod is supporting local churches with guidence and resources regarding Covid 19

As we begin to emerge out of lockdown, the world as we know it may look a different place. To help local churches think about both the practicalities of re-opening our buildings AND the mission opportunities of being church in the ‘New Normal’, two helpful discussion booklets have been produced: Emerging into the New Normal, and New reality, same Mission

Covid -19 Update 20 October 20

Please click on the links below for updated information on Covid - 19. https://nwsynod.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Covid-19-20-Oct-20-update.pdf https://nwsynod.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/A4ActionCard_Places-of-worship.pdf  

When should a church consider closing in light of increasing rates of Coronavirus?

At this stage, it is not possible based on infection rates or other criteria to give a definite point at which a local United Reformed Church should close as Covid-19 rates increase.  Current Government guidance in England, Scotland and Wales allows places of worship...

Central Area – Coffee mornings

Join me for coffee mornings every week for each Missional Partnership. We are currently exploring 'Faith in a time of Coronavirus' during those sessions. Those sessions are: Rochdale, Bury and North Manchester Wednesdays 10.30 - 11.30 Bolton and Salford 10.00 - 11.00...

Umoja’ – Umoja means unity

Umoja’ - Umoja means unity. This is a series of sessions running from the end of September to help us think about what it means for us to be disciples of Jesus shaped for mission in the places where we are. Each session will explore a theme centred on a Bible passage...

Support for Missional Partnership Lancashire – You are invited to October’s online Partnership Coffee Morning

Please join me for a brief act of worship and fellowship around the coffee table. Don’t forget to bring your coffee/tea in your favourite cup. 13th Oct @ 10am- Lancashire West Missional Partnership 15th Oct 10am- Lancashire North Missional Partnership 21st Oct @ 10am-...

Seasons of Creation – Session 2: Creation and Reflection – available now

The season of Creation-tide, also known as the Season Of Creation, has its origins in the Eastern Orthodox Church which in 1989 declared September 1st as a day of prayer for creation. Over the following decades, as awareness of the present ecological challenges facing...

South Area – Missional Partnership Support              

South Area - Missional Partnership Support                           What’s on?     October Discerning the way workshop, Thursday 8 October, we will be discussing working together with God? 2.00pm repeated 7.30 pm Mission Wise Workshop, Thursdays 29th, we will be...

QR Code – Test and Trace

You will probably have by now heard and maybe even used, the Track and Trace service that has been set up by the Government to help control the spread of Covid-19. It is now our turn to support this service and take action to set up the service using the QR code. The...

Trust’s accounts and Annual Report 2019

To view the final audited and signed version of the Trust’s accounts and Annual Report please click on the following link https://nwsynod.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Accounts-2019-final-versio1.pdf

Transforming Conflict, Embracing Change – FREE basic reconciliation course

In 2017 the five northerly synods of Mersey, North Western, Scotland, Northern and Yorkshire set up a listening and reconciliation service with the twin aims of helping others to navigate difficult conversations well and to better respond to conflict that arises...

Children & Young People

Events, Training, and Resources for Children and Young people and those working with them

Mission and Discipleship

Events and Resources equipping you and your local church for the journey of life-long discipleship


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