In the URC we believe that Mission is central to who we are.

A church without mission is failing as a church.  To help us in our work we use the 5 Marks of mission as a guide.

They are:

  • Tell – proclaim the good news
  • Teach – nurture and teach all new believers
  • Tend – respond to human need in loving service
  • Transform – seek to transform unjust structures of society
  • Treasure – safeguard creation and sustain and renew the earth


Union Street URC outreach mission has two parts – mission at home and mission overseas



1.    Home Mission

Oldham Town Centre Chaplaincy

The Town Centre Chaplaincy team are here to listen, understand and offer the hand of friendship and we do this via two teams:

  • The day-time business (shopping, banking, etc) is covered by a team of volunteer chaplains co-ordinated by Rev Ruth Wollaston
  • The night-time business is covered by the team of Street Angels co-ordinated by Donna Shaw.

Newbridge School

New Bridge School was established in Hollinwood, Oldham in 2004 and is a 300 place state-of-the-art secondary special school, developed specifically to meet the needs of statemented pupils and students from the age of 11 up to 19 years across two sites.

The school is part of the New Bridge Group, belonging to New Bridge Multi Academy Trust, and the 11-16 department is located in Hollinwood, Oldham and now shares the site with the new Hollinwood Academy which opened in September 2015.

The post-16 department, New Bridge Learning Centre, is sited in the Fitton Hill area of Oldham.

At the heart of the school’s mission, “Learning together, learning for all, learning for life,” is the belief that all pupils, whatever their background or ability, will be successful and value.

2.  Overseas Mission

Water Aid

It has been agreed that our overseas mission for the next three years will be Water Aid.

When a community gets clean, safe water for the first time, it’s the start of something truly life-changing.  Right now, some of the world’s poorest and most marginalised people don’t have access to safe water to drink, decent toilets or hygiene. Without these basics, overcoming poverty is just a dream.  But when we help Water Aid to dig a well or install a tap stand in a community, everything changes.

Today one in ten people are still living without safe water. But our support could help change everything for a community – in a single day.

A rope pump for 120 people for only £472 is our first aim – a simple device which could mean so much to a community desperate for fresh, clean water? Often made from recycled materials – easy to maintain and mend – could this be the perfect pump? We think so!

Just read the story below how installing  a pump made a difference.

Petronella’s village in Zambia is in a remote area where spare mechanical parts would normally be tricky to track down. Rather ingeniously this rope pump was built in her village with recycled parts, which are easy to find in the local area, meaning Petronella and her whole community have a sustainable solution to sanitation and safe water.

And there’s more good news… since the rope pump and well were installed in the village, everyone can now drink and wash their hands with safe, clean water, so there is less disease and sickness!

More information on Water Aid coming soon.


A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. Be a part of changing children’s lives all over the world in Jesus’ name through the power of a simple gift with Operation Christmas Child.  See the impact a simple shoebox gift pack with love, has on a child and how it reaches into a community.