Clitheroe United Reformed Church
a member of 'Clitheroe Churches in Partnership'
one of the churches in The Clitheroe Group
together with Barrow and Newton-in-Bowland.
The Church is situated in the centre of the town and facing the main entrance to
Clitheroe Castle. The translation of the Latin inscription on on the town's crest
reads, "The river flows, the rock stands." The church was built on part of the castle
rock; the foundation stone was laid in 1862 and the church was opened on Good Friday
It has undergone some alterations over the years. In 1967 to mark the Triple Jubilee
of the beginning of Congregationalism in Clitheroe, the church was altered to make
room for the present 'common room' at the front of the church. It was recorded
at that time, "It is impossible not to recognise that those who have gone before and
taken part in changing events, have always had a vision - sometimes splendid and
clear, sometimes faint and blurred - of a rock, immovable and steadfast”.
“The work of their faith stands. That the river flows and the rock stands must
always be the message of the future. We can expect nothing but changes and we can
expect that they will come with increasing rapidity, but our faith is also that
the purpose of God will as surely stand."
Our Vision for the 21st Century
In 2007 there was much thought and prayer about our vision for the future. The membership
has a mixed age group and we have welcomed a number of new members recently. The
building is very well placed in the centre of the town, but like all buildings approaching
150 years, it needs to be brought up to date.
The church currently sprawls on two levels and clearly, for good access; the street
level is the important one. Incorporated in our plans is a more open aspect to the
street. Although such plans are still a long way off, regular worship at Cafe Caprice on
the opposite side of the road, allows us to be a bit more public and to offer a welcome
to people who may be reluctant to enter the church building.
A Project Group and
a Fundraising Group are in place and a regular Prayer Group is at the heart of the
In 2009 sufficient money has been raised to start some of the building work.