Our denomination’s Special Category Ministers (SCMs) are a gift to any Synod in that they are an additional resource for the sake of the church’s mission. Last week our EM2 ministers (still within the first 3 years since ordination) met up at Chorlton URC for a day with Revd Mike Walsh, our Synod’s Minister for Contemporary Spirituality. This wasn’t to be a static day – rather with walking shoes on we headed out to gain insights into what Mike is doing in this pioneering ministry around the area. In Chorlton there are 53 coffee shops or open bars to explore. The next time you are in one (or in your area) reflect on how a conversation, maybe a passing one, in such a place could transform someone’s day or life, and how God may be speaking in the midst of that place. I hope at some stage that we will provide a forum for hearing more widely from the experience of our SCM ministers, for us to explore insights that will help us in the mission going on in our 141 congregations.
Please pray particularly for:
• our SCM ministers in different roles within the Synod (Mike Walsh, Sarah Moore, Ruth Woollaston, Stuart Nixon)
• our Church Related Community Workers as they help us to build bridges in fresh ways with communities
• those in chaplaincy work e.g. in university setting, shopping centres, industrial settings, hospitals and hospices