October Synod Meeting
October Synod began with Jubilee Ministers, Philip Kennerley (Over URC, Winsford) and John Martin (Parkgate and Neston URC), each being congratulated and thanked as they were presented with certificates of appreciation for 60 years of ordained ministry.
Back in the day, John was an army and navy chaplain. With fewer ministers available these days he believes, "We need elders to be chosen for their pastoral abilities."
Philip had a hectic start to his ministry - he was married just three days after he became a minister! Reflecting on his ministry, he said, "I've enjoyed every minute of it!"
Along with resolutions and information, Paul Franklin reported back on his trip to Palestine and Israel - he is also available for talks at your church. Contact email@example.com
At our summer synods people met together and enjoyed a lovely buffet before getting down to the business at hand. Along with discussing elders, churches were asked to share good news. The Cross Lane United Church wrote that a lady of 91 has been introduced by an Ablement Team. From being a recluse she is now - 18 months on - attending church four mornings a week and has said it has changed her life and is her second home!
See notes of the meetings here
See Jacky's powerpoint about elders here
Code of Conduct for Elders here