The RCH Looks to 2013

As 2012 draws to a close, the Reformed Church in Hungary looks forward to the coming year and a continuation of the church's aim to live as Ambassadors for Christ. It also devotes itself to the planning and organization of many events on the docket for 2013, including the 450th celebration of the Heidelberg Catechism and 40th anniversary of the Leuenberg Agreement.

The church prepares for these events with a heart focused on its mission and motto, "Ambassadors for Christ," a statement that finds its Biblical foundation in Paul's second letter to the Corinthians (2 Cor. 5:19-20). The RCH feels that Paul's message emphasizes the direction of the national church's work and gives a guiding framework for the service of Hungarian Reformed congregations. In 2012, the RCH created a working plan that highlights the most important missions for different committees and departments throughout the church. This document serves as a type of road map for the upcoming year, reminding everyone to keep efforts centered and directed toward the church's overall mission. It puts the tasks into perspective by holding the ultimate goal in view, so God's mission remains in the forefront and is not lost in the background.


As the church prepares for the next year, it looks at the legacy and special significance of the Heidelberg Catechism. The RCH believes that the rediscovery of the Heidelberg Catechism as one of the church's most important confessions and the examination of its contemporary message directly relates to the essential identity and service of a church as an "Ambassador for Christ."

Below is a brief view into the life of the RCH in 2013.

Important Dates:

March 18: Celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Leuenberg Agreement
In fellowship with the Lutheran and Methodist Churches in Hungary

April 24-25: Spring Synod Meeting

May 19: Hungarian Reformed Unity Day

June 28: Common Synod – Hungarian Reformed Church (HRC)
Commemorating the 450th anniversary of the Heidelberg Catechism

July 3-8: Conference of European Churches (CEC) General Assembly – Budapest, Hungary

July 23-27: Starpoint Reformed Youth Festival – Mezőtúr

Sept. 29-Oct. 6: The Week of Creation

October: Month of Reformation

Oct. 30-Nov. 8: World Council of Churches General Assembly – Busan, Korea

November 14-15: Fall Synod Meeting