The Revd Andrew Mills, Moderator of North Western Synod, reflects on the Manchester bombing, and offers a prayer for us all
We woke this morning to the tragic news of the bomb blast at the Manchester Arena last night, at the end of the concert by Ariana Grande.
With 22 dead and more than 50 being treated in hospital, the police are treating this as a terrorist incident. The pain felt for all caught up in this terrible ending to an evening filled with music goes beyond those of us who live in the North Western Synod, affecting our nation as an act of evil has once again destroyed lives and broken the peace of a city community.
And, in the words of a tweet sent by Ariana Grande, on hearing the news:
‘broken.from the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don't have words.’
Gracious God, Hear the cries of all people in the brokenness of a new day, where music is silenced in grief for the loss of loved ones.
Jesus, suffering Lord, hold in your loving arms those caught in the distress of this tragedy and sustain all who are working to aid those affected.
Spirit of life, when words fail us speak through us your word of Peace into broken lives. Amen.
MISSION AND DISCIPLESHIP MENTOR (LANCASHIRE)
MISSION AND DISCIPLESHIP MENTOR (LANCASHIRE)
Are you passionate about the gospel and do you have the skills and experience to enthuse, enable and equip God’s people in their local setting to participate more effectively in God’s mission today?
We are seeking to appoint a new member to our team delivering the synod’s Missional Discipleship Strategy. The appointee will work across the Synod but will mainly focus on working with congregations in Lancashire.
There is an occupational requirement for the job holder to be a practising Christian in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 Part 1, Schedule 9.
Lay or ordained persons are welcome to apply but these are salaried appointments including our synod lay staff pension scheme.
Previous applicants should not reapply.
Further information and application forms are available from our synod office on 0161 789 5583 or on .
Deadline for application is Wednesday 21 June 2017.
Interviews will be held in 4 July 2017.
Synod Prayer Strategy
As part of our discussions about deployment of stipendiary ministry, and the resourcing of lay ministry, we have recognised the priority of prayer. Without significant prayer by the whole Synod these things begin to look more like management exercises than a move of the Holy Spirit leading us as a Synod into a deeper discipleship with Christ and a supportive strategy for each congregation to be salt and light in their community.
A small group have been putting together guidance notes enabling us to be committed to praying together in a variety of ways. Please watch out for a letter which will be sent from me to every Church Secretary and Minister in the next week or so.
We hope that your congregation will be able to join in prayer with us at the start of Lent, between Ash Wednesday on the 1st March and the first Sunday in Lent on 5th March. Thank you. (Andrew, Moderator)
Big Day Out - Saturday 8 July 2017
The North Western Synod is holding another Big Day Out, together with Mersey Synod.
It is on Saturday 8 July from 10am, at Southport Convention Centre.
Tickets cost £8 for adults before 17 April (£10 thereafter); children 16 years and under have free entry.
(Please note: although there is no cost for children to attend the day, they will need to book a ticket.)
Revd Steve Chalke - The Church and Peacemaking Initiatives
Revd Richard Church - Walking the Way
Revd Andrew Roberts - Holy Habits
Lawrence Moore - The shockingly subversive Jesus: new light on familiar passages
How can the church respond to those with memory loss in your community?
Developing the Church in the community
Gathering and telling stories
Puppets in worship
The Naked Vicar
Art in worship
Crafty Christians & Fun Science
Each church is asked to bring a large sealed envelope which publicises their own church. The outside of the envelope may be decorated in any way that you would like – but please do not put the name of your church on the outside of the envelope. Inside the envelope please put the name of your church and any interesting information you would like to share about it. The intention is that each church will take a different church envelope away with them at the end of the day, and perhaps make links with that church after the event.
Stewards are urgently required for half a day, or more. Half day stewards will pay only £4 for a ticket. Please contact Synod Office to volunteer.
This will be a great day for all ages, please advertise the Big Day Out in your church.
Tickets can be booked via Synod Office now phone 0161 789 5583 or by email.
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