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   Kingston United Reformed Church


   Eden Street
   Kingston upon Thames
   KT1 1HZ
   Telephone 020 8546 0643

   www.kingstonurc.org

KURC 350th Anniversary 1662 - 2012

To mark the 350th anniversary of this church in Kingston the following statement was read out at the beginning of all our church services during 2012.

'We are Kingston United Reformed Church. We celebrate our diversity of worship and freedom of relationship with the state. With the whole Christian Church we will follow Jesus. We will serve him in our community and in our daily lives in the strength of the Holy Spirit.'

Many special events were held during the year including a flower show, a talent show, children's parties, a commemorative service with All Saints' Parish Church and John Bunyan Baptist Church on the 23rd September 2012 and ending with a Gala Dinner in December. KURC 350 year timeline

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Arms of See of Winchester Vicar Mayo Richard Mayo

Above: On the left are the Arms of the See of Winchester.   All Saints Parish Church was in this diocese from about 1120 until 1877.   At the east end of All Saint's church is a record of all its vicars, including Richard Mayo who was ejected in 1662.  On the right, eventually we hope, will be a likeness of Richard Mayo.

Common prayer cover AN ACT FOR THE UNIFORMITY OF PUBLICK PRAYERS 1662:

I, ... do here declare my unfeigned assent and consent to all and everything contained in and prescribed in and by the Book entitled The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, according to the use of the Church of England, together with the Psalter and Psalms of David.  .....and that I will conform to the liturgy of the Church of England as it is now by law established.

If clergy and others failed to make such a declaration, then...

'....from and after the Feast of St Bartholomew....no person who is now Incumbent, and in possession of any Parsonage, Vicarage, or Benefice.....shall have, hold or enjoy the said Parsonage, Vicarage, or Benefice....; but shall be utterly disabled and ipso facto deprived of the same; and all his Ecclesiastical Promotions shall be void, as if he were naturally dead'

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Healing the past - Building the future   A report by the Church of England-United Reformed Church joint study group which met between 2007 and 2010 on God's reign and our unity

A Church of England/United Reformed church service of reconciliation was held at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday 7th February to mark the 350th anniversary of the Act of Uniformity, which resulted in over 2000 Congregationalist and Baptist ministers leaving the Church of England - The Great Ejection - and the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the United Reformed Church.  Listen to the sermon by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.