URC Isle of Man



We said goodbye to Revd. Dawn Mather at the end of August, with a special service led by Geoff Felton, Mersey Synod Moderator.  Dawn has now left the island to live in the South of England where she will be near one of her sons.  Both URC congregations on the island wish her all the best in her retirement, and keep her in our prayers. 

T.T. 2024

 This June we provided the visitors to our church with over 1,500 freshly filled baps, around 1,600 portions of home made cake, and over 3,250 hot drinks! There were also many, many, cans of pop, bottles of water, chocolate bars and bags of crisps.

We would like to say a very big THANK YOU! to everyone who contributed - without the people who make sure we have stock, look after the money, bake, make sandwiches, man the urn, run around topping everything up, and so on, we could not continue to provide the service to the visitors that we do.   

Here are a few photos, taken at TT 2023, starting with Helen and Kevin behind the 'counter' ready to serve when we open the doors.

helen and Kevin


Those baps should be enough for the next 10 minutes...


Bap filling team - butter, fill, wrap, label...

cakesCake central at 9.30am

cakesBy 3.30 it looked like this - you can imagine how bare the table was by 7pm when we finished!


we have a constant stream of visitors.


because, on the other side of the wall that they are leaning on, bikes pass at well over 100mph.


and, at the end of the day, this is the queue to climb over the style and so back to the main grandstand area, before the roads open!

We received over 500 messages of thanks via FaceBook  - for the fresh food, our warm welcome, and also the chance to come through and sit in the peace of the church. 

Warm Space Initiative.

We have 'coffee and chat' in the coffee room alternate Tuesday afternoons from 2 - 4.30 which is part of this initiative.  Some of us bring our crafting things to do, or there are books to read and adult colouring books available.  Everyone is welcome.

Letter from URC Finance Department.

Dear Friends,

Firstly, thank you for all your contributions to your local church in 2023. This includes your financial contribution which plays an important part in the life of the whole church through the Ministries & Mission Fund.

As officers of the denomination, it’s good for us to be rooted in a local URC (or LEP) congregation and to work out our faith in the local context, as well as across the entire United Reformed Church. On the other hand, it is good for you in local churches to know that those who serve you nationally understand the local church financial issues as well. And there have been some big issues over the last 12-18 months: inflation, a “cost of living crisis” for many, with energy costs rising unprecedented levels etc. Churches and ministers have had the same challenges as so many others.  

The M&M Fund of the URC pays for ministers’ stipends, training, Assembly costs and all the central support functions for ministry in the URC across three nations. The M&M Fund’s main income is contributions from the churches with some top-up from synods, together with investment income and grants etc.

In 2023 the churches continued to support the M&M Fund to a wonderful level, but there also was significant and generous synod support. Overall, the giving to M&M Fund was slightly ahead of budget at £16.3 million. It was also only 2% down on 2022’s result. However, we should note that these figures include the synods’ extra contributions this year which amounted to £1.9 million, an increased amount compared to 2022.

The full M&M account for 2023 in summary:

Income – £18.2m – of which 16.3m was from churches and synods contributions

Expenditure – £19.3m

Deficit – £1.1m

2024 is not going to be an easy year either and we are again budgeting for a deficit. We have a commitment from synods to continue their support on top of church contributions and a plan for balancing the M&M budget over the next 5-7 years, including budget reductions of central costs of 3 to 5% p.a.

So, thank you to all who continued to contribute to your local church, thank you to all those churches who met their commitment for 2023 in full, and thank you to all those who, in adversity, continued to treat the M&M Fund as the first priority and paid what they could.

Stewardship of our resources, personally, as local churches and as a denomination is rarely easy, but it is one of the challenges we are called to in making our faith real. As the Spirit directs and as our means allow, can the churches once more continue to respond to the call of our gracious, loving and ever-generous God?     

Again, thank you all!

If you have any questions or comments arising from this letter, please speak to your church treasurer who has been provided with more detailed information. If they are not able to help directly then they can get in touch with the finance team at Church House.

Yours in Christ, Alan Yates (Treasurer)   Vaughan Griffiths (Deputy Treasurer)


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