Moderator's Snapshots

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Coming soon... the Synod's Moderator, Revd Andrew Mills, will be writing snapshots from his visits around the Synod.AndrewMills

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Chaplaincy Agreement at Lancaster University

On Tuesday I represented our Synod at the signing of the new chaplaincy agreement at Lancaster University. The official signing was followed by an act of worship based on the CTBI materials in this week of Prayer for Christian Unity. As a Synod we have a significant opportunity to share in mission through our involvement in chaplaincy at both Manchester (to approx 80,000 students across 3 universities) and Lancaster (approx 16,000 students). Please pray for the chaplains, and particularly the new chaplaincy structures being implemented at Manchester in the St Peter's House Centre.

025 20 Jan 2016


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Christian Aid/Commitment for Life

Last week I met with Bex Turner (middle) as one of the Manchester regional coordinators for Christian Aid, together with John Griffiths (left) who in a URC volunteer capacity has an advocacy role for Christian Aid/Commitment for Life in the Mersey Synod. For those of you who attended the Big Day Out last year you may have had the opportunity to chat with John as he manned one of the stalls. If you are passionate about seeing Commitment for Life promoted within our North Western Synod I would be pleased to hear from you (please contact Hazel at ). It would be great for our Synod to have an advocate who will help us to strengthen our support and praying for the projects supported in Bangladesh, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, and Zimbabwe.

024 14 Jan 2016 2

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Ordination and Induction of the Revd Catherine Lewis-Smith

On Saturday 9th January the church at Central United Reformed Church (Duckworth Street, Darwen) acted as host for the Ordination and Induction Service of the Revd Catherine Lewis-Smith (3rd from left in picture, with Dwfrig her husband 2nd from left). A packed church provided a warm atmosphere for a service of celebration followed by the customary bountiful refreshments afterwards (not that the Moderator managed to lay his hands on a morsel!). Catherine comes from her period of training at Westminster College, and in addition successfully handed in her PhD on the 23rd December. Her supervisor, Revd Dr Janet Tollington, was the invited preacher. Please pray for Catherine and Dwfrig as they settle in to their new home and find their way around the area, and also for the pastorate with the new opportunities that are possible with Catherine’s ministry within the pastorate and more widely in the Darwen area.

024 14 Jan 2016

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Christmas Edition

In keeping with many of our services at this time of year light is an important focus. I visited our congregation in Fairhaven this morning (the White Church, so named because it is faced with white tiles and resembles an Eastern structure with its tower) and towards the end of the service the children came back in and helped to distribute Christingles to the congregation. Appropriately the candles were lit as we passed on the flame one to another, and then the lights were all turned out. On a wet and grey day the gloom was pierced by these small lights: a reminder of our calling to be bearers of light in the world, as in sending his Son to be the Light of the world so God sends us. May God bless you all in your celebrations this Christmastide. Andrew.

023 16 Dec 2015 2

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Five Northerly Synods Meeting

Last week the representatives of the five northerly Synods met again (Scotland, Northern, Yorkshire, Mersey, North Western) to continue exploring the ways in which we can work together. We met in the Windemere Centre very conscious that many in Cumbria (including our URC congregation in Cockermouth) were coping with being flooded out. Prior to this the Synod Moderators met to continue our exploration of building relationships between our Synods which enrich our common work.

023 16 Dec 2015

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Macclesfield URC Redevelopment

On Saturday 5th December Macclesfield URC held the opening ceremony for the 3rd and final phase of their redevelopment. The ribbon was cut by the Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire David Briggs M.B.E, K. St.J. and we were led through to the opening of the redeveloped halls (originally the chapel building, at the start of the site’s history), with an opening speech and then a delightful tea. Appropriately for the nature of the Church one of its first uses will be to host the night shelter work locally. In this season of Advent let us pray for the on-going efforts of all our congregations to make use of our buildings in ways which witness to the coming of Christ in our world.

022 09 Dec 2015

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