The prayer for May from CFL’s Prayer Partners

The world development programme of the URC The prayer for May from CFL’s Prayer Partners We never seem to have enough time Where does it go? How can such a precious commodity slip so swiftly through our fingers? Time to work, Time to play, Time to laugh, Time to love. We fall between the moments […]

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The Friendship Group

FRIENDSHIP GROUP As you will see below, our current session, which started on 26 April, continues to cover a wide range of topics, and finishes with afternoon tea, always a very enjoyable event. This year we are again indebted to Barbara and Neil for offering to host this and enable us to enjoy their garden. […]

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Commitment for Life newsletter – stories for change May 2017

COMMITMENT FOR LIFE – STORIES FOR CHANGE MAY 2017 CENTRAL AMERICA Image: Families in San Carlotta, supported by UNES, petitioning local councils for strengthening of their eroded river banks Christian Aid’s Central America programme covers Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. They work with around 22 partner organisations, from community-based groups to larger organisations operating across […]

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Peace from a shoebox

‘Peace from a shoebox’ (article published in ‘Reform’ April 2017 issue) How a food parcel led to the development of a global partnership between five churches What happens when, in 1946, you send a marmalade pudding, tins of sardines and corned beef, dried egg powder and half a pound of tea in a shoebox to […]

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Commitment for Life newsletter – stories for change April 2017

CENTRAL AMERICA: NICARAGUA Nicaragua has experienced ongoing corruption at the highest levels, including during its last elections held in November 2016. President Daniel Ortega won a third term in office, alongside his running mate, Rosario Murillo, who also happened to be his wife. The election went unchallenged in terms of there being no organised political […]

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Commitment for Life newsletter – stories for change March 2017

CENTRAL AMERICA Increasing numbers of women and girls are fleeing El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras amid mounting evidence that criminal gangs are systematically targeting adolescent girls as sexual slaves. Elena Cruz, 15, from San Salvador sat silently next to her mother Barbara, 39, clutching a folder of documents to show Comar, (Mexico’s refugee agency). She […]

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Chrstian Aid – East Africa Crisis Appeal – 2017

East Africa Crisis Appeal   16 million people across South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia urgently need food.  East Africa Crisis Appeal  People are dying daily from hunger and malnutrition across East Africa. This is the worst humanitarian crisis since 1945. Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, where 100,000 people face starvation […]

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Churches Together Prayer Cycle

It has been agreed by the clergy and lay groups to pray for one congregation in Purley and Kenley in turn for a 12 week cycle. Prayer and praise points are offered as a guide. Sunday 5th March – All Saints, Kenley For praise: We have re-established contact with Kenley Primary School and look forward […]

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Visitor from the Czech Republic

From 11th to 16th March we are very pleased to welcome to Purley Šimon Janča, from the Church of the Czech Brethren in Orlova, close to Ostrava. He visited Purley as a four-year old with his parents Štĕpán and Lýdie (Janča), whom a good many people will remember from our centenary year in 1995, when […]

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Policy Statement for Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk

Policy Statement for Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk Purley United Reformed Church, along with the whole Christian community, believes each person is created in the image and likeness of God. Therefore: We have a duty to value all people, treat each person with dignity and protect them from harm. We are committed to the […]

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