Synod meeting dates:
12 March on Zoom and at Allerton URC. Please do attend, it's a great opportunity to meet like minded people and share opportunities and challenges. If you can't make it in person, then enjoy it from the comfort of your own home!
15 October again on Zoom and in person at Congleton URC.
Synod - in person!
Along with Officer Reports, and resolutions, there was a presentation on the Blundellsands research project and lessons learnt – for churches who may see the end in sight but have time to change direction (see presentation here as a PDF). Breakout sessions took place in person and online, while during the break there was an opportunity to look at stalls and chat – sounds simple but we all enjoy the simple pleasures these days!
The Revd Jenny Travis, of the Warrington Pastorate, spent four days at General Assembly in July 2021. She said, 'It is with joy I report that there is so much to celebrate in the life of our church. So many stories of God’s goodness, love and justice. So many stories of our churches work to join in and live out God’s mission in our communities. So many reports of work to further the kingdom of God here in the URC, in the society we live in and in the wider world. The words of the Ruth Whitehead speaking on behalf of the Synod Moderators were words each of us needed to hear as a starting point for any other conversations about the life of our churches. Whole life disciple making churches who are walking the way, living the life of Jesus today.' Here is Jenny's intro, followed by the Moderator's Report from General Assembly.
Over 80 people attended Mersey Synod on Zoom this March, meeting our new Moderator Geoff Felton and hearing an inspiring talk by URC General Secretary Revd Dr John Bradbury. Along with hearing latest reports, attendees were inspired by a series of Mission Is Possible videos, highlighting small ways some of our churches have been ‘doing’ mission in the community during the pandemic.
From one man’s individual bread making ministry, to a church providing food to those in need, from Nativity and sheep trails, to delivering bags of soil to children, from using social media effectively to using outside spaces, the videos were an inspiring addition to the day, giving much food for thought in the break out sessions. All videos can be view via our Mission is Possible web page.