On Saturday over 500 people from our Mersey and North Western Synods gathered again at the Southport Convention Centre, and it hardly seemed 2 years since the last event. The glorious sunshine we experienced also enabled many to enjoy a stroll to the pier and beach. In a very relaxed atmosphere there was plenty of opportunity for people to enjoy catching up with friends, to listen to a variety of speakers reflecting in different ways on the Church in Action, and with time to browse the variety of stalls provided.
So what to “snapshot”? My pictures of the opening worship were poor because to try and take in the sense of the number of us gathered for worship meant that the Mersey Moderator on stage, together with Café Jam band, looked diminutive. There were lots of sticking and gluing going on with the children making a “Church in Action” banner. However, the variety of stalls caught my eye and so here are 2 snapshots this week. In the left picture frame are Alison Greaves (on the right) and the young people. Alison (from Bamford Chapel & Norden URC) recently attended the United Nations for a week to meet its members, and her stand encouraged us to take have very simple personal aims to address issues of Global Goals for sustainable development in the world. In the snapshot on the right Liz Kam (on the left) is chatting about her work as a Church Related Community Worker in Levenshulme and this particular form of ministry within the URC. All in all, a tremendous day together.
In praying please:
give thanks for an amazing joint Synod Big Day Out, and for all those who worked so hard to make it happen
seek wisdom for the ways in which we, and our congregations, can be the Church in Action in our communities
remember the Mission & Discipleship Committee (formerly the Future Patterns of Ministry Steering Group) as they meet this Thursday and Friday to prepare for consultations and roadshows with ministers and elders in September working on the shaping of missional partnerships
ask God to search the hearts of those in your congregation for a fresh call to be heard by some to exercise particular ministries – especially locally around leading worship and eldership, as well as to the national ministries within the URC of Church Related Community Work or Minister of Word and Sacrament patterns of ministry.