was celebrated in May 2019
STAINBECK CHURCH is a family of people of all ages, various backgrounds and several nationalities who meet to worship God and to share their faith in Jesus Christ. It was established as a mission church in 1931 and continues with this ethos in a broad church setting.
We aim to worship and serve God by proclaiming the Gospel and helping to meet the needs of those around.
We believe that God loves all people and wants them to have a close relationship with Him.
We believe that this is possible because of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We are part of the URC Churches Leeds Partnership. more…
We are accessible to wheel-chairs users and have an induction loop for those with deaf-aids.
WORSHIP: Sunday 10:45 am: Worship with Sunday Club for children, with tea and coffee.Communion 2nd Sunday of the month. Thursday 7:45 pm: Mid-week worship. Communion 4th Thursday of the month. more…
SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY: Community Café with Family Solutions, Lunch Club, Church and Community Partnership (InterACT). more…
Minister, Revd Angela Hughes; Secretaries, Avril & Brian Bellwood;
Treasurer & Lettings, Peter Craske (Rooms are not available to hire for one-off events.)
Annual Reports 2018
Annual Reports 2017
Leeds Mission & Care Group
Hymns in the Street
United Reformed Church
Website last updated 24 August 2019
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You may be aware already that as a church we are blessed with a ‘Benevolent Fund’– gifted by members and friends of Stainbeck – which supports some of the immediate needs which arise in our community. Bus fares, sudden emergencies and so on – it is surprising how the smallest amount of help – there at the point of need – can be life-changing. As your Minister I am appreciative of this. Thank you.
Our Family Solutions Team(led by Maureen Lillywhite) is also available to listen, support and advise. We are fortunate to have Maureen working with us – source of much knowledge! We do, of course, also signpost people to other agencies – including the local Foodbank, PAFRAS, Citizens Advice Bureau, Christians Against Poverty, other agencies dealing with de including statutory agencies.
We cannot (nor should we) support everything and everyone but in view of current needs it seems right to share two particular requests below.
The first is from the Leeds North and West Food Bankasking for help with food donations. At present they are short of pasta sauces; tinned fruit, tinned vegetables and tomatoes, long-life milk and long-life fruit juice. Why not donate a tin or packet when you are doing a regular Supermarket shop? Many supermarkets now hold a regular collection. Please notice this is our Charity for August.
The Moor Allerton Distribution Centre is open on Tuesdays 10-12 noon and Fridays 11-1.00 p.m. at 53-55 Cranmer Bank, Moortown, Leeds LS17 51D. Tel: 07541 189059
The second is from PAFRAS (Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers)– in particular for toiletries and nappies, washing powders Sometimes we get very focussed on the food and forget the importance of these more personal items. There is a box in church for this. Please notice this is our charity for July.
In all this it is important to remember that we have a role in changing some of these systems that cause the disparity of resource we find in our society at this time. Is this where LEEDS CITIZENScan help us? Is this where our support of local FORUMS is important?
Can we make a difference? Angela
Where do we come from?
The United Reformed Church is one of the smaller mainstream denominations – but although it is small it plays a dynamic and challenging part in the British Christian community. It continues to punch above its weight.
It was formed in 1972 by English Presbyterians and English and Welsh Congregationalists – that is nearly 50 years ago. In 1981 this union was joined by the Churches of Christ and then in 2000 by Scottish Congregationalists.
The original vision was one which would bring unity across all our denominations – and it was envisaged that our union would be transitional – not that we would form a separate denomination. But as we all know – ecumenism has moved on and our vision now is one of working together, celebrating the unity which we know in diversity. And we are left with a rather cumbersome title – The United Reformed Church.
We have also discovered that it takes a lot of energy and time to make such organic unity work – take as an example the differences in churchmanship among Congregationalists, Presbyterians and the Churches of Christ. The transitions have been painful for many – but the lessons and the outcome surely fruitful
The URC seeks to work with all traditions and rejoices in being part of more than 400 Local Ecumenical Partnerships (Methodist, Anglicans, Baptists and others). It is also committed to theological and cultural diversity – valuing and holding together different insights and understandings. The Statement of Faith and Order, found in the Rejoice and Sing hymnal at number 761, helps us to understand this and to see how it works out in practice.