A belated Happy New Year to you all.
This week the Synod Pastoral Committee met at the Synod Office (based in premises of Patricroft URC). January is a busy time for both our Synod and four Area Pastoral Committees as they consider the variety of ways that we can support and encourage one another, as well as looking at our focus on Missional Discipleship underpinning all we do.
A major part of the Synod Pastoral Committee meeting this week (and it has an additional meeting later in the month) was to look at the work of a small group who had worked through all the responses from Elderships and congregations received before Christmas. We examined all the reflections and comments made on the first attempt at putting together the Missional Partnership groupings of churches which will become the focal point for equipping and enabling Missional Discipleship, and support the growth in the ministry of all God’s People.
Please pray for:
- the Area Pastoral Committees as they meet over the next 2 weeks, for discernment and wisdom in their work supporting the congregations in each Synod Area
- the Synod Pastoral Committee as it continues to draw together all the initial responses, and prepares the further work involved in establishing our Missional Partnerships
- each of our congregations as during the season of Epiphany we build on those connections made with those in our communities during the Christmas celebrations; and for the strengthening of relationships where the Good News of Jesus will be experienced.