RESOURCES FOR LOCAL CHURCHES
Powerpoint Presentation slides
Introduction to Walking the Way by Alan Yates (Moderator) in his address to General Assembly.
GEAR are keen to support congregations across the URC as they explore discipleship and mission under Walking the Way.
With this in mind Holy Habits will be featured in the GEAR magazine over the coming editions, published in June, October and February. The first one will focus on Gladness and Generosity.
Further information from GEAR Secretary Rev Sheila Coop
Tel: 0161 620 2884/07813 808642
Walking the Way – together
It seems that the general interest in pilgrimage continues to attract attention. I hope you managed to see the series on television this Easter when yet another group of celebrities followed part of a pilgrimage route - this time to Rome. Once again they were a very mixed group, but they were all to a certain extent positive about the experience. The high spot, I think, for viewers and celebrities alike, was an audience with Pope Francis at the end of their journey.
I can’t offer you anything to compare with that, but I am pleased to report the success of the first of our three pilgrimage walks in the Synod this year. A good number of people took part in the event at Sutton Park on 11th May. It was a lovely day and the opportunity to take some time in beautiful surroundings and to reflect on the prayer resources was clearly appreciated.
Plans are now taking shape for the remaining two pilgrimage walks. As before, the idea will be simply to turn up and walk a route together, stopping for prayer at points along the way. There will be a route map with suggested prayer topics, and the opportunity to share in fellowship with others along the way. The upcoming venues are the Miners’ Welfare Park in Bedworth on 8th June and Rodborough and Minchinhampton Commons on 13th July. People are welcome to come along to the one nearest home, or take the opportunity to visit some other beautiful parts of our Synod - and whatever you feel able to do, I am sure you will find refreshment for the spirit. I will be sending further details to the churches nearest the two venues, but if you would like to know more please do contact me using the details below
And please remember that actually my job is to offer encouragement to those of you who want to deepen your prayer life in any sense of the word. I have resources to recommend, information about quiet days and retreats, and contacts with people who offer spiritual companionship in various forms. So I encourage you all to keep thinking of and speaking to God, and if I can be of any support in your prayer journey please feel free to get in touch.
Synod Silence and Retreats Consultant