“Umoja”

Understanding how to be church both in lockdown and in whatever it will mean to be post-lockdown are issues some of us wrestle with daily. With that in mind I would like to flag up ‘Umoja’ – a series of sessions that I will be running from the end of September to help us think about what it means for us to be disciples of Jesus shaped for mission in the places where we are.

Each session will explore a theme centred on a Bible passage and draw on learning and experience from the world church. You may only want to do one session or you may feel like all 5 are relevant – that’s fine.

The sessions are spaced fortnightly to avoid overwhelming people alongside everything else but I want to stress that these are for everyone – church members, role-holders, elders and secretaries alike.  For that reason it is only going to be possible to run this on zoom in the present climate. It was my hope to deliver this in person to each partnership but that won’t be possible at the moment. However I do hope that those who come are able to consider taking back what they learn to run the course or individual session themselves in their local churches.

Each session will be run in an afternoon and an evening slot to make this accessible for as many as possible. If you would like to sign up for one or more of the sessions please contact me via email or phone. I have attached a flyer.

Session 1 – God’s Blueprint for Mission – restoring the earth to how it was created to be. Genesis 1

Afternoon – 2pm Wed 30th September  

Evening – 7pm Wed 7th October

Session 2 – How Jesus-shaped is my church? – being a holy people where we are. 1 Peter 2

Afternoon – 2pm Wed 14th October

Evening – 7pm Wed 21st October

Session 3 – Following in the footsteps of Jesus – learning to be good news and kingdom-minded. Mark 1; Luke 4

Afternoon – 2pm Wed 4th November

Evening – 7pm Wed 11th November

Session 4 – What can I bring him? Learning to serve within and beyond our limitations. Mark 6

Afternoon – 2pm Wed 18th November

Evening – 7pm Wed 25th November

Session 5 – Everybody needs good neighbours. God’s bias – loving people ‘on the margins’. Luke 10

Afternoon – 2pm Wed 2nd December

Evening – 7pm Wed 9th December

Synod Autumn Meeting

With the ongoing Covid-19 situation, Synod Executive recognize that it is not going to be possible for us to hold our Autumn Synod meeting in its ‘normal’ format of Synod Meeting together for worship, discussion and decisions.

Nevertheless, Synod Executive feels that there is important business that needs consideration and the opportunity for further discussion and has therefore reluctantly decided that the only alternative is to hold a ‘Virtual Synod Meeting’ this Autumn.

It is envisaged that the meetings on the 10th October and 14th November will last for the morning only. It is also hoped and intended that the discussion sessions will be open to members of the local Churches in addition to the Synod Representatives.  This will enable a wider and fuller discussion by members before decisions are taken at the November meeting. These sessions will last approximately one hour. 

Fellowship Discussions

On offer is a choice of two sessions to follow a mixed course from two sources on a weekly basis.  The same material is to be use in the evening and afternoon sessions.  No session will last more than an hour and a half.  Tuesday evenings starting at 7:30 and in the same week on Thursday afternoon at 2pm, starting on the 6th and 8th of October respectively.  (Table below.)

Tuesday 7:30Thursday 2pmWeekIn the beginningReadings
6th Oct8th Oct1CreationGenesis 1:1–2:25
13th15th2The FallGenesis 3:1–3:24
20th22nd3The FloodGenesis 6:5–7:24
27th29th4God’s Covenant with NoahGenesis 8:1–9:17
3rd Nov5th Nov5Tower of BabelGenesis 11:1–11:9
10th12th6Comments, social & review 
17th19th7Nooma: Rain 
24th26th8Nooma: Flame 
December  To be decided