Richmond Green United Reformed Church

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Richmond Green United Reformed Church
51°27′43″N 0°18′12″W / 51.462013°N 0.303224°W / 51.462013; -0.303224Coordinates: 51°27′43″N 0°18′12″W / 51.462013°N 0.303224°W / 51.462013; -0.303224
OS grid reference TQ6009776186
Location Richmond, London
Country United Kingdom
Denomination United Reformed[1]
Previous denomination Presbyterian[2]
Weekly attendance 35 adults[3]
Website richmondgreenurc.org.uk
History
Former name(s) Richmond Presbyterian Church[4]
Founded 1876
Founder(s) John Mauchlin
Architecture
Functional status Active
Administration
Synod Southern[5]
Clergy
Minister(s) Rev Kristin Ofstad[3]
Laity
Parish administrator T A Hunter (Secretary)

Richmond Green United Reformed Church, in Quadrant Road, Richmond, London, is a United Reformed Church congregation.

History[edit]

Richmond Green United Reformed Church, previously Richmond Presbyterian Church, was formed in 1877.[6] The church was previously located on Little Green, close to Richmond Green, in a Grade II listed building designed in a Gothic Revival style by William Wallace in 1883 and built from 1884 to 1885.[7] That building remains but has been adapted for residential use.[8]

The church became a United Reformed Church (URC) in 1972, following the union of the Presbyterian Church of England and the Congregational Church of England and Wales.[6]

Since October 2006 the congregation of Richmond Green United Reformed Church has been meeting for worship in a new building in Quadrant Road, behind the previous church building.[9] It has been joined by members of the former East Sheen United Reformed Church,[10] a congregation dating from the 17th century,[10] which had previously been meeting in a building in Vernon Road, dating from 1902. Designed by F C Howgate and originally known as the Congregational Church, East Sheen, it was noted for its Doulton terracotta work and plaques.[11] The London Borough of Richmond granted planning permission in March 2012 for the conversion of the first floor Sunday school building to provide five self-contained flats.[12]

Minister[edit]

The current minister is Rev Kristin Ofstad,[3] who is also minister at Raleigh Road United Church.[13]

Activities[edit]

Services are held on Sunday mornings at 11.00am. A Bible study group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 10:00am.[14]

Quadrant Hall, on the ground floor of the church, hosts free English classes, private weddings and other functions, a number of yoga and ballet classes, and meetings of the Richmond Street Pastors,[1] an inter-denominational Church response to urban problems, engaging with people on the streets.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Richmond Green". United Reformed Church. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Smith, Richard Mudie (1904). "District of Richmond". The Religious Life of London. London: Hodder & Stoughton. p. 346. 
  3. ^ a b c "Richmond Green United Reformed Church". Find a Church. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Richmond Green United Reformed Church, Quadrant Road". Archives in London and the M25 area. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Southern Synod". United Reformed Church. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Richmond Green United Reformed Church, Quadrant Road". Access to Archives. The National Archives (UK). Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "United Reformed Church, Richmond upon Thames". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "United Reform Church Richmond 2006". Patel Taylor. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "History". Richmond Green URC. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Annual Report, Resolutions and Papers, General Assembly 2007". United Reformed Church. 2007. pp. 42–43. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Local architects". Barnes and Mortlake History Society. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Commercial Property - East Sheen United Reformed Church". Property Pilot. Alcium Software Limited. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Richmond". Richmond and Hounslow Methodist Circuit. London District of the Methodist Church. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "Services". Richmond Green URC. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  15. ^ "Groups". Richmond Green URC. Retrieved 15 April 2013.