All Saints, Burgess Hill is part of the United Reformed Church which plays a dynamic and challenging part in the British Christian community, despite being one of the smaller mainstream denominations. It has brought together English Presbyterians, English, Welsh and Scottish Congregationalists, and members of the Churches of Christ, through unions in 1972, 1981 and 2000. Sixty-eight thousand people make up 1500 congregations, with nearly 700 ministers, paid and unpaid.
The United Reformed Church combines its commitment to the Reformed tradition with a belief that all God’s people should be one. It seeks to work with Christians of all traditions, and rejoices in being part of more than 400 Local Ecumenical Partnerships, with the Methodist Church and others.
Worldwide, more than 70 million Christians are members of the Reformed family of churches. They uphold the historic Trinitarian creeds of the church universal and find the supreme authority for their lives in the Word of God in the Bible, discerned under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. They order their lives through councils of the church, where ministers and lay people together seek the mind of Christ.
There are 13 Synods in the United Reformed Church. All Saints Burgess Hill is a member of the URC Southern Synod
What is Churches Together
The Central Sussex United Area of Churches Together covers an area bounded by Eastbourne, Crowborough, Haywards Heath and Newhaven.
It consists of churches which are Methodist, URC or a combination of both and some which are also linked with the Anglican and Baptist denominations.
The churches came together in September 2007 to pool resources and support each other’s work. The Area’s governing body is the Area Meeting which meets twice a year and at which each of the 29 participating churches is represented.
There are two Co-Leaders (one from each denomination) and various working groups which organise training events, shared worship and opportunities for consultation about future plans.
There are sixteen Ministers who meet regularly for fellowship and planning and the Central Sussex Area participates in the activities wider bodies including the Southern Synod of the URC and the South East Methodist District.
Administration is dealt with by an Area Office (tel. 01444 450473) and further information is available at