What an amazing 4 days. Last week from Thursday to Sunday I, and my team of four (Leo Roberts, Daleen Ten Cate, Marion Tugwood, and Dave Fraser), sharing in the Cumbrian ecumenical county’s Moving Mountains mission. It was an opportunity initiated by the Archbishop of York with Bishops, Moderators and Methodist District Chairs bringing teams to all parts of Cumbria to engage in mission organised by the local Christian communities.
The mission began (snapshot) with the opening service in the Auction Mart (still smelling of sheep from the previous day) at Penrith, followed by us gathering to form a “heart” shape outside in the car park with media pictures taken by a drone. Then my team headed off to the west coast to Workington area for an exciting 4 days.
How was it exciting? ….in that churches of all denominations (and independent churches too) worked closely together to lay on events….in the array of opportunities created for Moving Mountains to be involved in the different communities across the Workington area….and most of all in that the Gospel was able to be shared with people through these opportunities.
Is that it? Yes – for the team. No – for the area. The Christian communities will continue doing what they have been doing. The hope and prayer is that Moving Mountains has given them inspiration and a greater vision of what they can achieve together in serving Christ, and that there really are things that they can only do together if they are to see Jesus move mountains in people’s lives.
Please pray for:
- Cumbria churches as they build on the 500+ events held across Cumbria (involving 33 teams) and continue to share the Gospel
- the ways in which we can work in partnership within our local areas, and to take seriously the call to be “one” in Christ for the sake of others (read Jesus’ prayer in John 17)
- Mission Council as it meets next week in Swanwick with a myriad of papers and issues to consider, and for the wisdom and discernment to see what will aid the work of local congregations in sharing the gift of Christ with all.