In different ways we have seen communities within our country deeply affected by tragedy over the last month or so, whether the bombing at Manchester Arena or the ghastly fire at Grenfell Tower. A ripple effect touches other communities as families and friends of those killed or injured living in other parts of the country need to be supported. It has been so encouraging to have seen on the news that churches and Christians have played a significant part, together with many in these communities, in reaching out to those caught up in these disasters. Once the headline writers have had their day the deep needs of those affected will continue and so we must be alert to the changing and continuing need for action and prayer.
The image above represents just one of the ways in which we are engaged with the local communities. The Revd Michele Jarmany and Mrs Joan O’Rourke are the URC (Synod) Foundation Governors at Barrow Primary School, the URCs only primary school in the country. The school is currently looking at expanding to accommodate 50% more pupils as Lancashire County Council needs to provide places for children as the pace of house building increases in the Ribble Valley. (the second “wing” of the building behind Michele and Joan is the URC Chapel building).
Please pray for:
- our congregations in each of their communities as they discern the particular ways in which they can build bridges and share the heart of the Gospel through relationships
- all those deeply affected by the recent tragedies we have seen in such detail via the media, and for the on-going support that needs to be put in place for them in the months and years ahead
- the children and young people within our Synod, and the openness of our congregations to engage with the changing culture which presents us with so many opportunities as we share together in God’s mission.