St Columba’s United Reformed Church
St Columba’s United Reformed Church, Oxford has its roots in 1908, when a a chaplaincy to Presbyterian students at Oxford University was launched. By 1914, the chaplaincy had grown and become a congregation of the Presbyterian Church of England. Originally we were home to a significant number of people of Scots ancestry. Over the years, we’ve become more diverse in ancestry and age while retaining a Celtic feel and a ministry to students. Throughout the years we have remained committed to preaching and embodying a searching and thought-provoking gospel. Our site in the city centre enables us to carry out a ministry of welcome for diverse peoples; including a ministry with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people called FirstSunday – a safe and affirming place to explore issues of faith. We partner with other city centre churches in the Oxford Winter Night Shelter for homeless people, and with local charity Archway on loneliness issues. Through the URC’s ‘Commitment for Life’ programme we support the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committee, which works in Israel/Palestine.