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Who are we?

We are friends and disciples of Jesus - "called to be God's people, transformed by the Gospel, making a difference in today's world".

We are part of the worldwide movement known as the Christian Church. We believe in God the source and sustainer of creation. We try to live as Jesus Christ did, befriending the lost and sick, challenging the rich and complacent and offering love and forgiveness to all who will receive it, even at great personal cost. We believe in God’s continuing presence with us, through the Holy Spirit that strengthens us to live as sisters and brothers of Jesus, ready to break down every barrier that separates people from one another.

Our particular roots are in the Reformation of the 16th century, and the English tradition of Dissent which sought freedom to live and worship outside the bounds of the established English Church.

The United Reformed Church came into being just forty years ago in 1972, and its membership now includes believers from Congregational, Presbyterian and Churches of Christ traditions in mainland Britain. Ours was the first such union in this country, and we continue to work and pray for the full unity of all God's people.

Northern Synod is one of our eleven synods in England. We number about eighty congregations in the North East, stretching from Berwick in the North to Swaledale and Northallerton in the South. Within our churches, and our shared life as a Synod, we gather to worship, listen for God's living word, and in response seek to be lively, informed and effective in making a difference through the gospel of love and reconciliation we have come to know as God’s people.



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