Last week I attended a meeting of the Greater Manchester Churches Together leaders’ meeting at the home of the Bishop of Middleton. The meeting was helpfully led in lectio divina by Bishop John, and in the midst of a full diary it was refreshing to pause in that way (as indeed with the lectionary reading last Sunday, speaking of springs of living water in Rev 21:6). If we lose sight of the Gospel in our own lives it is difficult to see what we as leaders have to offer to the people of God. Within in our Synod I attend a couple of such leaders’ meetings which are good opportunities for forging creative partnerships, and just occasionally for having more informal conversations about our ecumenical situations which concern us. Please pray for the leaders of other traditions we have connections with (in the photo are represented the Methodists, Moravians, Salvation Army, URC, Quakers, and Anglicans. Unfortunately neither Methodist Chairs could attend). Particularly pray for Bishop Chris (Bolton) as he retires in May, and for the process that is taking place towards the crown appointment of a new bishop for Bolton. Do pray Sunday by Sunday for those in your communities of other traditions, and particularly for all you can do together to bear witness to Christ Jesus.