The mission of St Martin's United Reformed Church

 


 

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 Like the disciples, God is calling us to be witnesses and to live out the good news of God’s love for the sake of the world.  The members and congregation at St Martin's Church are responding to this call and give expression to their faith in a variety of ways. 

 In reaching out to the community, we support food banks, promote campaigns against poverty and injustice, work with people of other faiths, take action to tackle climate change, relate to partners in the world church, tell others about our faith, and strive to find new ways to connect with all those who live and work in West Moors and the surrounding areas.

 

The wider United Reformed Church combines its commitment to the Reformed tradition with a passionate belief that all God’s people should be one. It seeks to work with Christians of all traditions, and rejoices in being part of more than 400 Local Ecumenical Partnerships, with the Methodist Church and others. It is also committed to theological and cultural diversity. It has declared itself a multicultural church, rejoicing in the gifts of members from across the world and seeks to hold together a wide variety of theological understandings; the valuing of different insights helps the church understand the wonder of God.

 

St Martin’s, right in the centre of West Moors, has been a Christian Church since 1903.   Previously a Congregational Church it became a United Reformed Church when the Presbyterian and Congregational Churches of England united in 1972.

 We believe in God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost and find our authority in the Bible.  Our mission is of witness and service to all people and particularly to the community of West Moors and the surrounding area, in the name of Jesus Christ.

 We hold simple traditional worship services every Sunday which last approximately one hour, are all in English and easy to follow.  They are led by ordained or lay leaders who say prayers and give a short address. The remainder of the service is made up of joyful hymns and short readings from the Bible. Coffee is served at the end of the service, a time to meet and chat with friends.

 Some services are devoted to songs of praise and there are special services at Christmas, over the Easter period, and at harvest time.

 Celebration of the Lord’s Supper, which is a service of Holy Communion is open to anyone who loves the Lord Jesus Christ. You do not need to be a church going member to enjoy this symbolic celebration which is usually held on the first Sunday in each month.

 Sadly it is no longer safe to leave churches open and unattended, but St Martin’s is open to everyone on Saturday mornings from 11am – noon, when you can pop in for a chat or for quiet prayer.

 St Martin’s conducts infant and believer baptisms, weddings and funerals.

 The church is managed by a small group of Elders who are always pleased to hear people’s ideas and comments and to offer such assistance as they are able to those who seek the church’s help.

 

Whilst St Martin’s does not have a resident Minister at the present time, the Revd Margaret Tilley who has been associated with the Church for over 20 years is available and provides considerable advice and assistance, when needed.

 

 

 

 

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You will always find a warm welcome at St Martin's.