Birkdale United Reformed Church

  • Grosvenor Road
  • Birkdale
  • Southport
  • Merseyside
  • PR8 2ET

Clause 2



2.1       As a local church of the URC, the Church is governed by the Scheme of Union of the URC (‘the Scheme of Union’) and those constitutional decisions of General Assembly binding on Local Churches.  This constitution supplements the provisions of these as they affect the Church.  In the event of any conflict between those provisions and this constitution, those provisions prevail.


2.2       The Scheme of Union:


Principal provisions of the Basis of Union (B) or Structure (S)


Related clauses of this constitution

a)    assigns the immediate oversight of the Church to the Church Meeting and the Elders’ Meeting


S1(3), 2(1), 2(2)


b)    provides for the membership and functions of the Church Meeting (in particular, in the Call of a Minister) and for non-voting attendance




c)     provides for the membership and functions of the Elders’ Meeting

S2(1)(viii), 2(2)

5 and 6

d)    provides for councils of the wider church, for the Church’s direct or indirect representation upon them and for appeals from more local councils to a council having wider responsibility

S1(2)(a), 1(3), 2(1)(vi), 2(3), 2(4), 2(6) 

and 5




e)    provides for consultation in decision-making




f)     contains (in the Basis of Union) a statement concerning the Faith of the United Reformed Church


B10, 12-18


g)    provides for the celebration of the Gospel sacraments

B14, 15; S2(2)(ii), 2(4)(A)(xx)


h)    provides for the ministry of Word and Sacrament, for the ministry of other Elders, and for Ministers’ and Elders’ ordination and induction

B19, 20, 21, 23, 25; S2(1)(vii), 2(2), 2(4)(A)(vii)



i)     provides for the ministry of Church-related Community Workers and for their commissioning and induction

B19, 22; S2(1)(vii), 2(2), 2(4)(A)(vii)


j)      provides for the admission of baptised persons to the full privileges and responsibilities of church membership

B14; S2(1)(ix), 2(2)(vi)



This constitution makes further provision for these matters in the clauses indicated.

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