Moderator's Snapshots

Area Pastoral Committees

There are some weeks when my photographic skills reach an all-time low. Trying to do a “selfie” (something my family warn me against attempting- as you can see I didn’t manage to get my own face in it!) provided 4 blurred images on Monday morning with this one being the least indistinct. Unfortunately, it is also the image which coincided with the arrival of fresh coffee which is eagerly being reached for!

This week the South, Lancashire, and Cumbria Area Pastoral Committees all met, and today the Synod Pastoral Committee is meeting. The snapshot shows the South Area committee meeting being welcomed for the first time to meet in a very pleasant room at Gatley URC.

A vital part of the work of all our pastoral committees at this moment is looking at the responses from our congregations to the proposed Missional Partnership groupings, and reflecting on updates about the work around Missional Discipleship. On top of these key aspects of work there are also the other myriad of matters which normally consume the meetings where those who have been willing to serve and support each Area wrestle with how best we can all support one another to be the Church of Jesus Christ in the setting of each congregation.

Please continue to pray:

  • for those giving freely of their time in these committees to support all our congregations
  • for the discernment and wisdom of the Holy Spirit to be evident as we wrestle with new ways of being
  • for courage for each of our congregations as they seize opportunities to share the life of Jesus in their locality
  • for Cumbria (and especially the 5 of us URC Moderators involved, with their teams) as it continues to prepare for the Moving Mountains mission 8th -11th March with so much to be prepared in the next 8 weeks.

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