The Congregationalists and Presbyterians began life in the time of the Reformation over 400 years ago, and became separate churches when they were ejected from the Church of England in 1662. They shared very similar beliefs in the Westminster Confession and the Savoy Declaration, differing only on details of church government. It wasn’t until the 20th century that the churches started to unite as shown above.

The Churches belief is summarised below.

· The URC stands in the Reformed tradition of Christian faith, believes in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit;

· Finds the supreme authority for faith and conduct by the guidance of the Spirit in the Word of God in the Bible.

· Looks to be continually renewed and reformed so as to fulfil its mission of witness and service in the name of Jesus Christ;

· Practises both infant and believer's baptism and celebrates the Lord's Supper;

· Recognises the ministry of God's people: all the members serving in the world and through the church, in particular: ministers of Word and Sacrament, elders, lay preachers, church related community workers (CRCWs), and workers from partner churches.