Retired Ministers' Meeting & Synod March 2017

Double snapshot this week! At least once a year in each Synod Area the retired ministers and spouses gather together for a time of worship, fellowship, consideration of current matters, and a splendid lunch together. Our retired ministers continue to exercise widely varying ministries as they are able, providing invaluable support for our congregations in many parts of the Synod. The snapshot shows some of the Lancashire Synod Area gathering, though not all in the picture are retired. The Revd Dr Rosalind Selby, Principal of Northern College (left) had come to speak about patterns of training for ministry today (together with one of our students in training Cath Atkinson – 2nd from left on front row). The needs of the Church have changed, and patterns of training are more varied and everyone appreciated Rosalind’s insights from her perspective as Principal.

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The second snapshot is of Revd Nigel Adkinson (behind lectern) and Revd Marion Tugwood leading our closing worship at Synod on Saturday. We were wonderfully hosted by the folk at Bamford Chapel & Norden URC in their recently refurbished premises – and bacon butties were a wonderful start to the day. The agenda was full, and plenty of discussion took place around the proposed Synod strategy for resourcing the ministry of all God’s people across our congregations. In addition, following intensive conversations recently with central Committees and Church House staff, a substantial resolution was passed to go to Mission Council concerning the future of the Windermere Centre and offering to support its future work with lay ministry development.

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Please pray for:

  • those within Synod committees, and more widely, who will be helping the Synod to do the work necessary following all the decisions taken on Saturday
  • the retired ministers and their families in the ministries they continue to offer in support of our congregations, and for continuing grace and health to fulfil their callings
  • the denomination as it continues to prepare for the discussion and decisions at May’s Mission Council concerning the future of the Windermere Centre; and particularly for the staff of the Centre as they continue to work cheerfully to welcome all who make use of the Centre.