Over the last 6 days we have shared in 6 roadshows around the Lancashire, Central and South Areas of the Synod concerning the development of Missional Partnership groupings of churches across the Synod. Around 300 Elders have contributed through these sessions, in addition to the consultations with the ministers through 3 meetings around two weeks ago. For those in Cumbria the conversation is yet to develop, and will be taking into consideration all the aspects of the ecumenical county and the development of their “God for All” mission communities. The snapshot this week is of the Monday afternoon session held in Oldham at our Macedonia Church, in their brand new building – and for me it holds something of the importance of the journey we are all sharing in - with this congregation deriving its name from the reference in Acts 16 to God calling Paul to a new phase of ministry:
“Having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia…Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’” (Acts 16:6 – 10)
As we all continue on this journey, please pray
- for the listening to God and one another which will help shape the journey we share in together
- for the Synod and Area Pastoral Committees as they continue to work on the shape of the possible Missional Partnerships
- for all our Synod congregations as in the next two months they contribute to the thinking that is taking place, in preparation for this new phase of our journey together.