It was a delight on Saturday to preside at a special service at St Peter’s House Chaplaincy, Manchester, to celebrate the work of the Mandarin speaking chaplaincy both in Manchester and in London and to mark the conclusion of the ministry of Revd Shou-Hui Chung after 12 years. We were all grateful to Mrs Angela Bogg (Board member of St Peter’s Chaplaincy, and member of Shou-Hui’s management group) for coordinating everything and organising us so well.
It was good that representatives from the URC, CWM and Taiwan were able to share in this occasion. In the snapshot (with Shou-Hui and her husand Wei-Hsiang 3rd and 4th from right) the representatives from Taiwan are the Revd Tek-In Tan Programme Secretary for Evangelism Committee of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan and the Revd Wen-jen Cheng Former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (1st and 2nd from left). Revd Wayne Hawkins Mission Secretary Europe, represented the support given by the Council for World Mission. The United Reformed Church was represented by the Revd Paul Whittle (Eastern Synod Moderator, 3rd from left) and the Revd Dr Michael Jaggesar from Church House (far right). The Revd Nigel Uden, next Moderator of General Assembly, was the guest preacher but managed to elude my best marshalling efforts for the photocall!
- for the new forms for the Mandarin Chaplaincy both here in Manchester at St Peter’s Chaplaincy and at Lumen United Reformed Church in London, and for those who will minister in Christ’s name in those places with fresh and exciting opportunities opening up for Christ’s love to be demonstrated
- for the partnership of the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan, the United Reformed Church and the Council for World Mission in continuing to shared ministry engaging with the 100,000 staff and students across the four Manchester Universities
- for the partnerships which all our congregations are forging both locally, and across a wider area, that these will support the growth of discipleship and God’s mission to every local community.