URC Mersey is helping churches stay connected with their congregations and communities during the Coronavirus with advice and resources.
Easter Cafe Jam
Enjoy a lovely Easter sing-along with Cafe Jam on 28 March! Contact Rita for a Zoom code.
See our latest e-newsletter, with news, courses, events and prayer pointers, here.
The National Churches Trust has Cornerstone Grant funding available for structural repairs and improvements to facilities (toilets, kitchen). The current deadline is 1 March. More details at: https://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/cornerstone-grants-apply
New Moderator announcement
We’re delighted to announce that the Revd Geoffrey Felton has been nominated as the new Moderator of the URC Mersey Synod.
Geoff was born and raised in Higher Bebington on the Wirral where he spent his teenage years before moving away to study. He became a Christian in 1984 at Anfield during Mission England, led by late American evangelist Dr Billy Graham.
Having passed his Geology degree at Portsmouth Polytechnic, now the University of Portsmouth, Geoff worked for six years in the North Sea on various offshore installations as a geologist.
At St George’s URC in Hemel Hempstead, Geoff began to explore his call to ministry by attending the London Bible College and Westminster College in Cambridge.
Geoff was ordained in 2000 and inducted into the Canterbury pastorate in the URC’s Southern Synod, which he served for ten years. He then moved to Plume Avenue URC, his current pastorate, in 2010.
Geoff is excited about returning home to the north west and serving the people of Mersey Synod with compassion and vigour. He said, ‘We live in difficult days, but we have a God who through Jesus Christ is victorious. I’m looking forward to leading the Synod through these post pandemic years – years that will help shape the Church of the future and its witness to a world in need of hope and love.”
The nomination will be presented to URC national Mission Council in March and Geoff will hopefully start in the summer.
Black History Monthly
A new initiative from the URC Legacies of Slavery task group Black History Monthly will take place on the third Monday of each month, 7.30-8.30pm via Zoom, starting Monday 15 February. Each session will have a different emphasis – sometimes focusing on and discussing an article or book, unpacking a film, taking a dive into poetry from Black writers, and maybe even sharing an eye-opening quiz – discovering some of the many achievements people may not have realised are attributable to Black people. For more information please download the flyer.
Reset the debt
The Joint Public Issues team (JPIT) conducted research into poverty under lockdown and identified the build-up of debt by low-income households as a major impending problem.
JPIT has now developed a campaign to Reset the Debt.