Temple Cowley United Reformed Church

Oxford Road, Cowley, OXFORD, OX4 2ES

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This site last updated  December 1st 2017

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End of an era at Temple Cowley United Reformed Church

The Temple Cowley congregation of the United Reformed Church marked the conclusion of its life as a worshipping congregation in a service on November 5th 2017. when the witness and service of the church over the almost 140 years of its history was celebrated by almost a hundred people who had been part of the life of the church in the past, together with representatives of other congregations of the United Reformed Church in Oxford and churches of other denominations in Cowley.

Although the future of the building is not yet decided it is hoped that ways will be found for the it to 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 has now passed to the trustee body, The United Reformed Church Wessex Trust, but whilst a new long-term owner is sought a couple of local community groups will continue to use the building.  The Trust needs to discharge its duties under Charity Commission guidance to secure the best outcome for the charity; but the trustees 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.”

All enquiries regarding the sale of the building should be directed to Revd Nigel Appleton of the URC Wessex Trust :

01865 883515/ 07785 298979