In Hungary, 1.15 million people claimed a Reformed affiliation in the 2011 Census, including 600,000 active in Reformed congregations.
Following the call of Christ, the RCH aims to be a witness in the world, fulfilling a faithful mission and strives to live as an ever-reforming church.
For many centuries, our Reformed church has played a significant role in the historical and cultural development of Hungary.
Congregations are considered the most fundamental unit of our church, based on the principle: "the church exists in its congregations."
The Hungarian Reformed Church is composed of the Hungarian-speaking Reformed churches in the Carpathian Basin.
The Hungarian Reformed Church (HRC) is the "mother" of many Hungarian Reformed churches and communities all over the world.
The RCH works with different ecumenical organizations across Hungary to demonstrate its dedication to “Communion as unity in diversity."
Church and Society
Mission is a priority task in the life of the RCH. Through active mission, our church reaches out to every needy group in Hungarian society.
The diaconal service aims to reach people in need and motivate Reformed congregations to "Carry each other's burdens." (Gal. 6:2)
The RCH fulfills its mission through maintaining certain institutions that serve not only their local communities, but people nationwide.
International Ecumenical Relation
The partnership and cooperation with sister churches and organisations around the world, has always played a major role in the life of the RCH.
The Foreign Affairs and Ecumenical Committee, assisted by the Ecumenical Advisory Board, is responsible for the RCH’s ecumenical strategy.
The RCH believes it is important to deepen the relationships with partner churches by inviting and welcoming mission coworkers.
If you are interested in establishing a partnership with a Hungarian Reformed congregation, please contact us!
According to statistics, there is a diminishing amount of young people involved in the church. The Synod Youth Forum has expressed its intentions to contest this fact. The Forum was held 19-20 April with more than 40 young participants.
The Eco-Congregation Committee of the Reformed Church of Hungary organized a conference on 27 April with the main topic of the conference focusing on the question: Our synthetic life: How natural are we inside?
Recently a delegation from the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea visited the Reformed Church in Hungary. The following interview is with Rev. Dr. Min Heui Cheon, the Executive Secretary of the Ecumenical Relations Department for the PROK.
Catch up on the RCH's participation in the German Protestant Kirchentag 2013 in Hamburg! Read about the festival events and the team's activities throughout the week right here through pictures and daily blog posts.
The spring meeting of the Synod, the highest decision-making body of the Reformed Church in Hungary, opened with a devotion by Dean István Csegei and the 12th session of the 13th Synod cycle was officially called to session by RCH Lay President Pál Huszár.
Next week the Reformed Church in Hungary will take part in a celebration of faith at the 34th German Protestant Kirchentag in Hamburg. The festival, scheduled for 1-5 May, is a forum for participation and lively debates with more than 100,000 people expected to attend.
It was 450 years ago that the Heidelberg Catechism was first published. From 1653 onward this booklet saw rapid growth, and in 2013 it is still being used by millions of people belonging to the Reformed tradition, and has become the most important confessional text of the RCH.
The Church Revision Committee was created to examine the lives of congregations and through dialogue determine a national strategy. After its approval, the Revision Committee set about examining the best way to create meaningful discussion among the RCH congregations.
Data from the 2011 Hungarian census has just been released, including some eye-opening statistics for the church. According to the report, the number of people claiming a Reformed affiliation in Hungary has decreased to 1.15 million.
Béla Halász, the new bishop of the Reformed Christian Church in Serbia, spoke about the importance of community and the reconstruction of unity in his installation sermon on 13 April. The service, framed as a ceremonial worship, was held in the Reformed church in Hertelendyfalva.
The presidium of the Reformed Church in Hungary released a statement on 10 April after the national meeting of deans and elders condemning both recent cemetery vandalism and the statement of Rev. Loránt Hegedűs Jr. calling for an anti-Zionist rally in Budapest.
The Ecumenical Council of Churches in Hungary welcomed the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, Rev. Dr. Olav Tveit, to Budapest this week where he met with several church and political leaders, including Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
In light of the increased tensions on the Korean peninsula, the RCH congregation from the Great Church in Debrecen has communicated a statement of support for all of those struggling with the present uncertainty between North and South Korea.
It is fitting that the RCH's Roma Council is meeting to debate its Roma Concept today, 8 April, because it coincides with the International Roma Day. It is a day to celebrate Roma culture but also draw attention to continued discrimination that the Roma community faces.
The venue is set, theme chosen, bands lined up and speakers scheduled. Starpoint is coming! It's hard to imagine that this year's festival in Mezőtúr is only 109 days away, but rest easy, the team has been working around the clock to ensure that this Starpoint will be the best one yet!
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Reformed Church in Hungary
Abonyi utca 21
PO Box: 1140-Budapest, 70, Pf. 5
Phone: + 36 1 460 0708
English and German worship services in Budapest
If you speak English and you stay in Budapest, we invite you to visit the service of St. Columba's Presbyterian Church (The Scottish Mission).
Wenn Sie in Budapest verweilen und gerne an einem deutschsprachigen Gottesdienst teilnehmen, dann besuchen Sie die Deutschsprachige Evangelisch - Reformierte Kirchgemeinde in Budapest