Tragedy and disaster demand all our prayers and practical support, to help victims, friends and family, emergency services and communities through the dark times. And so it has been with the Manchester bombing. Through so many expressions of love and faith – faith in God through prayer, and faith in humanity through pulling together – one can tangibly feel the strength of the people of Manchester, their will to survive, to recover, and fight this evil.
However, there comes a time of great vulnerability. The attention of the media and the interest of the world move on to new stories. It is not that the people of Manchester will be forgotten, but sadly new atrocities will become headlines. As the Church, we need to show that our care and concern continue, lived out in local situations, to show that the love of God in the body of Christ does not leave when the press and crowds have gone. Continue reading
In June, the Revd Kevin Watson will visit: Waddington Street, Durham; West Park, Harrogate; Yorkshire Ministers’ Summer School, and attend the chaplain induction service at Royal Hallamshire Hospital.
Mr Alan Yates will lead worship at Queens College, Birmingham, to launch the Council for World Mission’s Face to Face programme in the UK. He will also lead worship at Woking United Reformed Church, Surrey, and at Peedie Kirk,
Orkney, as well as attend a joint discipleship meeting.
In April, the Revd Kevin Watson will attend the National Synod of Wales meeting; Christ Well United Reformed Church, Manselton; the moderators’ meeting; finance committee; and the moderators and partners weekend. He will also go to Cardiff and visit Llanfair Uniting Church, Barry Uniting Church, Elfed Avenue Church, City URC, and Canton Uniting Church. Mr Alan Yates will attend the Methodist Council meeting.
In May, Mr Alan Yates will: meet with the United Reformed Church Trust and attend the Thames North Chiltern Area Group’s AGM. He will also: meet Liberal MPs and peers; attend the URC’s Big Day Out on 20 May, at Warwick Castle; lead a service for the Forest Group in Woodford, Essex; and speak at a lunch for retired ministers hosted by Thames North synod.
The Revd Kevin Watson will: meet with the Northerly Synod Collaboration Group; visit Trinity, Abingdon; attend the Yorkshire Assembly meeting in Scarborough; and attend the Church of Scotland Assembly, Edinburgh. Both moderators will attend the URC Mission Council meeting from 12 to 14 May at High Leigh Conference Centre, Hertfordshire.