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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


to the North Western Synod

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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

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

Israel Palestine 2019 denominational visit and 2020 online seminar participants

The online Israel Palestine discussion and Revd Munther Isaac’s (minister of the Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem) presentation earlier this month have moved many people across the URC. It was very concerning to hear from Munther about the difficulties in...

M&D Moments: The Bog Bag

I was on holiday in a little village whose name I can't remember.  I wandered around their wee museum as an alternative to the shops.  A particular item in the exhibition caught my eye: it had been found in a bog in the 1960s and was the pride and joy of the local...

Free face masks

Dear Friends, Thanks to our global link partners, the Chaiyi Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan.  We have received a gift of 10,000 face masks.  This is a very generous gift that cements our relationship with the Chaiyi Presbytery. We will shortly be...

Hollinshead Centre works on through lockdown

Whilst many businesses and community groups have stopped work during the last three months, the Hollinshead Centre at Chorley United Reformed Church has continued to serve the needy and to develop its plans for life after lockdown. The Centre’s Open Kitchen has...

Lockdown and Church Finances

David and I have been reviewing the returns that church treasurers have sent us about the impact of the closure of church buildings. We are very grateful that over 70 of you have sent us information about your church finances. This helps us build up a pretty...


All face-to-face training has been suspended until further notice, although this is being reviewed on a regular basis in line with government guidance. In the meantime, BASIC safeguarding training will be delivered via Zoom and dates will be released shortly.

Eco Bricks

The ecobrick – a novel and versatile way of using waste plastics by Richard Pearce, URC Mersey Green Apostle Ecobrick The problem of plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways and the consequential damage caused to marine life have been well publicised. Here’s one...

Pilots for your church?

Pilots works in many different situations – with children and young people who are part of the church family, and with those who aren’t. It is an opportunity for local churches to engage in mission in a meaningful way with children and young people. It is a...

New Church Award

The Children and Youth Friendly Church replaces the former Child Friendly Church Award as of July 2020.  If you are a church congregation wanting to continuously develop your welcome and open your doors to all ages and stages, the Children and Youth  Friendly Church...

Global Partners

Want to know more about our Synod Global Partners and our part in the Council for World Mission? Then visit our Global Partners page. Our Global Partners are the Waldensian Church in northern Italy, and the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan. Global Partners  

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


We are committed to ensuring that our churches are safe places for children, young people, and adults at risk

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