This week I was in Cumbria for two days having organised for the moderators who are taking part in the moving Mountains Cumbrian mission in March to meet at Albert Hall in Grange.
Our time together was an opportunity to hear from various key people in Cumbria about the vision for the mission, but also the whole ecumenical vision which is so key to the work of the church as a whole in Cumbria. We heard from Cameron Butland, Chaplain to Bishop James of Carlisle, about the ecumenical coming together in Cumbria over the last 15 years. Mike Talbert, the Evangelism enabler for Cumbria, spoke about the context for the Archbishop of York’s mission to Cumbria this year involving 33 teams brought by a combination of 33 bishops, Methodist Chairs, and United Reformed Church Moderators. Sarah Moore spoke about the way in which the United Reformed Church is practically involved in the formation of mission communities across Cumbria.
In the snapshot David Pickering, the Moderator for the Synod of Scotland, is leading us in a reflection on the early part of the gospel where Jesus encounters the disciples. In particular, we considered the ways in which the disciples communicated and invited others to come and meet Jesus. It was a crucial reminder of the nature of the mission to invite the whole of Cumbria to meet with Jesus.
Please pray for:
- The moving Mountains mission from the 8th to the 11th of March this year
- The six United Reformed Church Moderators who are participating in the mission, and their preparation with the communities where they will be based
- The way in which Cumbria can inspire the whole church across Britain to engage far more deeply in mission together as our focus for being one in Christ Jesus
- The whole church to pray with Jesus in his prayer contained in Johns Gospel, Chapter 17.