Street United Reformed Church
Our church was built in the centre of Street, a Somerset town, in 1853. The town has grown to 12, 000 inhabitants since then. Though smallish, the church is very lively. Our advertising slogan “Open Hearts, open minds, open door” is increasingly important to us and reflected in our activities and in our involvement in the life of the town. We stress a welcome for all kinds of people: working, impoverished, lonely, unemployed, disabled, able-bodied, young, old, from all ethnic backgrounds, of all sexual orientations, living alone or with partner or spouse. “Open minds” refers to our broad-minded and inclusive beliefs, which we seek to incorporate into our worship as well as our living. In the last 12 years we have installed glass doors which mean we can look out onto the High Street while Sunday services are in progress, and passers-by can look in and see us! We have increased the number of homegrown Sunday services which we compile and run, led by elders and church members. Since 2012 we have demolished a large building at the rear, and replaced it with a car park. We carried out a number of internal improvements at the same time, putting in a large new kitchen adjoining the hall, 3 new toilets and a lift to the meeting and storage rooms upstairs.
We are part of the URC Mid-Somerset Group of churches and benefit from good preaching from locally-based UR ministers and lay preachers on most occasions.
We run special events for disabled people from the towns around us, have an ancient tradition of maypole dancing, and take particular care of the children. We spend a lot of time fund-raising to offset our running costs, but people do enjoy getting involved in that. We are having to collect more food for the local food bank than we were doing 10 years ago. In the last couple of months, we have received one person on the LGBTI+ spectrum into membership and there is at least one other new person whose family is of the same ilk. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you are looking for a friendly, hard-working and kindly church!
(page updated 23/1/2020)