Temple Cowley United Reformed Church

Oxford Road, Cowley, OXFORD, OX4 2ES

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+44 (0)1865 437146

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This site last updated  November 2nd 2017

Sermons and prayers on the ‘Articles & Sermons’ page are selected to give an idea of the sort of Christian outlook the church had.  They are the minister’s sermons, so they didn’t necessarily express the religious outlook of every member, but the minister wouldn’t have been in post if the members disagreed too much with them!
End of an era at Temple Cowley United Reformed Church

The following press statement was released on Tuesday Oct 31st 2017 :

The Temple Cowley congregation of the United Reformed Church will mark the conclusion of its life as a worshipping congregation in a service on November 5th at 3.0pm. when the witness and service of the church over the almost 140 years of its history will be celebrated. The congregation will be joined by visitors who have been part of the life of the church in the past and representatives of other congregations of the United Reformed Church in Oxford and churches of other denominations in Cowley.

Church minister Revd Dick Wolff said :

“This is in many ways a sad day but we have much to give thanks for and the remaining members of the congregation
will be supported as they settle in other congregations. Although the future of the building is not yet decided we hope that ways will be found for it continue to serve the community.”

Founded in 1878 as a Congregational Church, membership soared during the 1930s
as migrant workers were welcomed and supported, necessitating the larger building
opposite Cowley Police Station, completed in 1930. It became part of the United Reformed Church on the union of Congregational and Presbyterian Churches in 1972. The tradition of hospitality has continued with the development of the church hall as the Emmaus Community House, and support for individual ‘undocumented migrants’.

Responsibility for the building will pass to the trustee body, The United Reformed Church Wessex Trust, and whilst a new long-term owner is sought a number of local community groups will continue to use the building. Revd Nigel Appleton, representing the URC Wessex Trust, said:

“The Trust needs to discharge its duties under Charity Commission guidance to secure the best outcome for the charity; but we are mindful of the needs and concerns of the local community, and will be looking for a future for the building that takes account of the interests of all parties.”


For comment contact the Minister of Temple Cowley United Reformed Church: Revd Dick Wolff:
Dick Wolff
01865 437146 / 07968 486854

Or Revd Nigel Appleton of the URC Wessex Trust
01865 883515/ 07785 298979