Union Road Community Church

Everyone Everywhere Every Day

Union Road Community Church

Everyone Everywhere Every Day

We are now back open for worship every Sunday at 10 30am

once again a massive thanks to everyone who has contributed to our foodbank

Food bank was blessed with another donation today in memory of councillor Tony Dutton, thanks to Paul and Sarah for bringing it along.

Simon was happy to share this amazing testimony with us

.I was greatly encouraged yesterday to receive a phone call from a man who I led to the Lord around 20 years ago. the events were important so Ill share them:

walking back from church in central london one evening I saw a young man who was around 18 and homeless. the Lord spoke clearly "Simon, Tell Him who I am". I approached the young man and the Spirit of the Lord fell upon Him and He began to shake and weep, I shared the Gospel and He eagerly prayed with me. I fed Him and gave Him some money but felt it important to discuss with my pastor before taking this young man off the street.

a week later I had discuss things with my pastor and we had purchased some clean clothes, a shaver, tooth brush, a bed etc and I was ready to have this young man come and live with me. I walked into victoria and went to the place where he had been begging the night I met Him. He wasnt there.

I felt so stupid, how was I going to find one young man in central london during rush hour. I asked the Lord and His response was clear. "next left, down this road, turn right, up these stone stairs, down this road over there and into that building. " the Lord gave clear directions and the young man was shaken and again bought to tears as i relayed that our Lord is indeed a good shepherd who leaves the 99 in search of the One.

a year later tragedy struck after growing in faith, finding a small job and getting his own accommodation, that young man met a young man who introduced him to heroin. an 11 year addiction to heroin and crack cocaine resulted and despite numerous rescue attempts we watched as this young man who had been so alive for God ,fell into the chains the Lord had freed me from. so bad was his addictions that He ended up full of open wounds and missing both of his ears, an emaciated skeleton with hepatitis who cared more for his next fix than caring for his body.

My delight yesterday was that this same young man now in his forty's called me , crying on the phone and told me that He was now four years free of addiction and Has returned to Jesus and repented. the way of the Lord is perfect, He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.

16th May 2020 Upset to Reset

From our good friend Neil Young, the lead pastor at Causeway Coast Vineyard church in Coleraine

.Morning everybody When I opened my Facebook this morning here in the UK the first thing I read was this post. Its amazing and so challenging. So true. I had to share it with you

. 'An Open Letter to the Government:

Please Don’t Open Our Churches Just Yet.'

Dear Government, Please don’t open our churches just yet. We are only just getting started. We’ve started to pray more. We’ve started to care more. We’ve started to get to know our neighbours and started to love them as ourselves more. We’ve started to realize that church is not about a Sunday Service, or even a LiveStream.

We’re seeing that it’s about connecting with God and connecting with each other. It’s about being equipped for ministry, and being the church in the world. It’s truly astounding what we’ve been missing out on, and it’s exhilarating to realize what we now have.

We’ve started reading the Bible for ourselves. Some of us are even calling it a “Bible Revival”, and we are falling in love with the word once again. We’re learning how to worship when no one else is looking. We’ve just started uniting across denominations. We’re even uniting across nations.

We’re beginning to rediscover the power of prayer and fasting. We’re even praying for you more, our governments. We’re getting innovative in the ways we are sharing our story and sharing the gospel, and we’re caring for more now, feeding more now, and being Christ’s hands and feet all over the globe.

You’ve deployed us into our neighbourhoods, you’ve forced us out of our routine, and it is such a good thing. We have a saying in the church, that comes from the Bible, that new seasons of new wine need new wineskins to hold them. Some say, this means that for a new time we need a new way of doing things. Times have changed, and we need to too. You’ve given us the circuit breaker we needed to make those changes and hit the reset on how we do church.

Thank you. Please don’t open our churches just yet.

We are just starting to get it, just starting to redesign it, just starting to reimagine it, just starting to find again what we once were. If you could keep us meeting home to home for just a little longer we may even form a habit of this. If you could limit our dependency on a service and a Pastor for just a few weeks longer we may even begin to depend on God even more.

You may even do our Pastors a favour and help those of them that are dependent on us get free of that crippling condition too. By limiting the sizes of our gatherings you are forcing us to do what the early church did, multiply.

You’re encouraging us to raise up leaders, to release more Pastors and missionaries, and movements. We might even get back to a model of church where disciples make disciples who make disciples, until there is no place left to evangelize, imagine that!

Please, not yet. Just give us a few more weeks, and if we need it, a few more months. We don’t want to miss what our God is teaching us in this time. We can go lower still, we can pray even more, we can hunger and thirst for righteousness even more still. We need this gift you’ve given us. Please don’t take it away too soon. We’re not in a hurry to go back to normal. In fact, we may never want to go back there again.

Our new normal is looking a lot more appealing and a lot more like what our Jesus may have been envisaging when He said, “Go and make disciples…” Thanks for your time, thanks for your leadership, and thanks for helping the church see what we’ve needed to see for quite some time.

Sincerely, Andrew

PS- A huge thanks for all you’re doing by the way. We’ve found whenever the Governments of the world have put restrictions on the church, it grows faster than ever before and we’re in need of a revival. Blessings to you and know, sincerely, that we are praying for you. howard@call2come.org

15th May 2020 : Gods Blessings

We've had an amazing week at URCC. We would like to thank the people of Oswaldtwistle for their amazing generosity and saying "YES" to Gods prompting

The UK Blessing

7th May 2020 : Prayer for lockdown

A simple prayer for our current situation from our friends in the Methodist church

4th May 2020 A massive thank you to Iceland in Accrington for the donation of a trolley load of goodies