United Reformed Church LogoIt seems strange, but singing the same Christmas carols year after year is delightful. One of them is O little town of Bethlehem… Children like it because it sums up the Christmas story the way it is easy to understand. And indeed, Phillips Brooks (1835-1893) wrote this beloved Christmas hymn for the Sunday school children at his Philadelphia parish, Holy Trinity Church, following a pilgrimage to Bethlehem in 1865. The song simply tells us what happened there. It’s where Jesus was born - a town not far from Jerusalem. Every Christian knows that. However, not everyone knows what "Bethlehem" means in Hebrew (Bet Lehem). It means "the house of bread."

Jesus was born in Bethlehem, in a stable. It’s like saying that Jesus was born in a shed at the back of our local bakery. He was placed in a manger - a food trough. This reminds me of why He came into the world. He said "I am the bread of life" (John 6:35). At Christmas we’ll be having all kinds of good food - roast turkey (or goose, or chicken), Brussels sprouts, roast potatoes, mini sausages wrapped in bacon (or the vegetarian versions of all of that), cakes and mince pies etc. - but we can’t do without our daily bread. Why? Because it satisfies our deepest hunger. And that’s what Jesus does for the world.

Sharing God's Love in a practical way has always been our aim, whether that be overseas or in our local community. We support overseas mission projects via Commitment for Life and Nailsea Water Project. We also support Caring at Christmas, Children's Hospice South West and local community projects by raising funds through special events and offerings.

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Induction Rev.d Janos Nagy

Dear Friends,
I am John, a Hungarian and British national who moved to England with my family 12 years ago. In 2002 I had a transfer from the UCC, Calvin Synod, USA to the British URC. Prior to that, I served in the Hungarian Reformed Church as a local church minister, a part time teacher and an editor for a church publishing house.

Since May 2002, I have served at Horfield and Argyle Morley URCs in Bristol, and I am still their minister, so they must be a very patient people!

What's it all about?

Church Membership is the way in which Christians who have made their home in the local church are encouraged to express their commitment to that congregation of God’s people.

Who are they?

Well Church Members are not Super-Christians, just ordinary people who meet regularly to try and make sure that the continued life and witness of the church is in line with how God wants it to be. You can still be effective within the life of the church without being a member, but only members have a vote at Church Meeting, and are therefore the people who, as a body, make decisions.