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The United Reformed church was formed in 1972 as a result of a merger between the Congregational Church in England and Wales and
the Presbyterian Church of England,
two traditions which have been part of Christian life in Britain since the 17th century.
The church subsequently entered into union with the
Reformed Churches of Christ in 1981
and in April 2000 with
the Congregational Union of Scotland.

The church has some 1750 congregations in England, Wales and Scotland, representing a community of some 200,000 people of all ages.

The URC is the largest representation in England of the Reformed Tradition, itself the largest sector of the Protestant Churches world-wide, with in excess of 70 million members.