Last Thursday I was able to participate with the Methodist District Chair (Andrew Lunn) and the Bishop of Manchester (David Walker) in the commissioning service at the St Peter’s House Chaplaincy to the Manchester Universities – offering Christian chaplaincy to the 100,000 students and staff. As a Synod we support this vital ministry, together with a denominational contribution, in the employment of a warden (Ben Edson) and two chaplains (Caroline Ryder and Adam Scott). Across the summer St Peter’s House has undergone a significant facelift and development of the café area (enabled by a grant from us and the Methodists) which has been crucial for the start of Freshers’ week as an attractive meeting place providing a reason for students to cross the threshold.
Please pray for:
- all those staff and students in our colleges and universities as they start a new academic year
- the chaplaincy work in which our Synod is involved, in the Lancaster and Manchester Universities
- the opportunities to generate creative and supportive relationships with students and staff through initiatives such as the new café environment at St Peter’s House Chaplaincy.
- for our United Reformed Church ordinands and teaching staff as they too have begun a new term at our training institutions.
(in the image l to r: Caroline Ryder, Adam Scott, Andrew Mills, Ben Edson, Andrew Lunn, Stephen Little, David Walker)