It was a great pleasure when I was leading worship at Cleveleys URC this week, with a small Brownie parade for the first time in a couple of years, to be able to present a certificate for long service to one of their members. In the centre of the picture is Cynthia Longden who is an Assembly Accredited Lay Preacher being presented with flowers and a decorated cake after the service. We thought Cynthia had been a lay preacher for 60 years. In fact it turns out to be 64 years! We expressed our gratefulness to Cynthia for responding to God’s call in her life to preach and for her faithfulness in serving God in this way through those 64 years. We wish Cynthia every blessing as she continues to walk closely with her Lord.
- for all who are called to serve in leading worship and preaching
- for us as a Synod as we look to support those called to this form of ministry & as we explore ways of encouraging a new generation of those called to lead worship
- for the work across our 135 churches in the Synod with children and young people, for their leaders, and for the sharing of the Christian faith with them through our Church communities.