Let’s Go to Bethlehem
Have a blessed and peaceful Christmas!
"In the dangerous valleys of death, where we are writhing to forces of loneliness, darkness and helplessness, it is time to follow the example of the shepherds of the first Christmas." Bishops and Lay Presidents of the Hungarian Reformed Community wish you a blessed Christmas. Read more...Read more
Claire Weihe served as a short-term volunteer during the COVID-19 pandemic. She shares how she was able to serve in a virtual capacity and build meaningful relationships.
Hello everyone! My name is Claire Weihe. I am a 21 year old university student in the U.S, studying public health at Kent State University with a hope to go into ministry with a focus on women’s health next fall. I have grown up in the United Church of Christ and I had the privilege of attending The General Synod this past year as a delegate. That is where I found out about the awesome work being done by Global Ministries and the great community partnerships that have developed! In February of 2020 I was confirmed to serve as a short term service volunteer with Global Ministries in Budapest, Hungary.. I was supposed to serve this summer from June through August. My role would be to serve with Kalunba ministries in their work with refugees offering English lessons, women’s health education, and public health education, as well as some ecumenical work with the Reformed Church of Hungary.Read more
Easter Greeting from the Hungarian Reformed Church
“Christianity is the religion of joy”, even against sadness and depression we are facing in these days. On this holy feast of Easter, God was pleased to put us at test by letting go everything that was part of the customs and practice of how we normally celebrate Easter. At this Easter, church bells invite us to sit in front of our televisions and screens, we do not receive the sacrament out of the hands of the pastor, and there are no festive greetings and handshakes. There is only one thing left; to embrace the redemption we gained in Christ and the joy of the Savior, which will be complete in us. This is how we can still be in community without actually gathering, this is how homes can turn to temples, and this how everyone who shares in the joy of Easter can come together and join in spirit. Click here to read the full message...Read more
In light of the COVID-19 virus and in accordance with the latest measures introduced by the Hungarian government, the Presidium of RCH issued a Communique on the 16th of March requesting congregations to suspend all church events.Read more
About 35 people gathered in Budapest, Hungary, from 9 to 11 March 2020 to reflect on the churches’ history, relationship and interaction with the Roma and Sinti communities. The conference, organized by the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) in cooperation with the Reformed Church in Hungary, had valuable contributions from Roma/Sinti participants within the churches.
The experience of the Reformed Church in Hungary was particularly informative as participants heard of their Roma Mission work of "Reconciliation, Health and Hope" developed over the last decade.
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 4:12-23
Prayers for Hungary:
We lift up our sisters and brothers in Hungary and those in the refugee integration ministry and the Roma mission of the Reformed Church in Hungary.
There are many times when we are so caught up in our lives that we forget to look around at the people around us. Today we confess our cold and neglectful nature: We tend to ignore the people who are alone, we run away from those who are sick, we invalidate people according to our own standards, and we refuse to lend a hand to those sitting for 38 years, day and night, alone, waiting to be helped.
There are many people fleeing their homes in search of a safe place to live. However, passages are becoming narrower and harder to pass, and families are being separated along the journey. In Hungary, we pray for the individuals and families who are being neglected and pushed to the margins of society, for those who are being persecuted for their beliefs, for those who have come in search of a better life and a better education for their children.
We are called to do something. We are called to act, to look around at those who are close to us, to those who are hurting.
Give us peace to look around at our hurting neighbors, humble our hearts so that we may do what You are calling us to do, and courage to act as Jesus did.
The biennial Starpoint Reformed Youth Festival was held for the ninth time in Debrecen this summer. Reformed young people gathered from all over the Carpathian Basin to discuss, reflect, and experience how the Kingdom of God is among us. They also welcomed an international delegation from various parts of the world.Read more
In late March, a delegation visited the Evangelical churches of Lebanon and Syria, signing a memorandum of commitment. We asked the delegates about their experiences in the Middle East, including the situation of local Christians, as well as the significance and further possibilities of cooperation.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Luke 6:27-38
Prayers for Hungary:
God, remind us to stretch outside our comfort zones by trying new things and meeting new people. It's not always easy to step outside of what we know, but we know we grow when we take those risks. We are grateful for church camp and the opportunities for young people to learn and grow with one another. We can learn much from the open minds and hearts of young people. Help us all to be open to new experiences and to listen to differing opinions and ideas. In these ways, we grow as individuals, communities, and the world. AmenRead more
Christmas circular letter to all congregations and institutions of the Hungarian Reformed Church