United Reformed Church, Bury St. Edmunds
United Reformed Church
As one of the early Separatist churches in England, the church was officially constituted as a ‘Church of Religious Dissenters’ in 1646. Its history pre-dates this, however, with its association with early martyrs of Congregationalism, Elias Thacker and John Copping, who were hung in 1584 for rejecting Elizabeth I as head of the Church and for disobedience to ecclesiastic law. A memorial to this martyrdom stands in the forecourt of the church. The church has been located in Whiting Street since 1697, the building completed in 1708. Formally part of the Congregational Union of England and Wales, the church has, since 1972, been a part of the United Reformed Church. As a church, it continued to witness to its founding principles, but is also a place of welcome for all.
Weekly we meet to worship at 10.45am on a Sunday. On a Wednesday we hold a brief service at 9.45am, ideal if you can't make it to church on a Sunday.
The activities of the church, however, are much wider with regular groups meeting throughout the week, including groups that play scrabble and carpet bowls. There is a parent and toddler group, Tots and Tinies, every Monday in term time and a coffee morning every Wednesday. These sessions, also allow us to work with one of our neighbours, the Info Bar where support is offered to adults with multiple and complex needs and to their carers.
Our weekly activities are as follows:
Mondays: Tots and Tinies (term time) 9.30 - 11.30 am
Tuesdays: Scrabble 2.00pm (2nd & 4th Tuesdays)
Wednesdays: 9.45 am a short time of worship.
Wednesdays: 10.00 am Coffee Morning
Wednesdays: (3rd Wednesday) Lunch 12.30 - to be pre booked on 01284 762459
Fridays: Carpet Bowls 7 pm
Further information can be found on our website here.
Areas of our premises are also available for hire. Our halls are available to be let for one-off events or regular meetings; details available on our website.
We also have seven offices on site which are available to rent. Details and availability of these can be obtained from Shires/Marshall Buck and Casson.
Find out more here.