Last weekend I spent an enjoyable time with Revd William Young and his two churches in the Glasgow area: Clydebank Morison Memorial Church and Drumchapel Essenside Church. The previous weekend had been the 125th Anniversary for Morison Memorial, celebrated with the help of Douglas McAllister, the Provost of West Dunbartonshire, and Revd Dr David Pickering, the Moderator of the National Synod of Scotland. I guess they might be feeling moderatored out!
Recently I spent an enlightening morning with the Rural Ministries team based in the Arthur Rank Centre just outside Coventry. I was impressed by the work they do to help Christians rejuvenate rural churches in a holistic way; covering everything from mission to economic development: returning the church to its position as the centre of the community (and hopefully returning Christ to his position in the centre of our lives also). Despite being a small team their work is really high quality. Some of you may already know that the URC and the Methodist Church jointly fund a full time post (the National Rural Officer) supporting rural ministry as part of the Germinate organisation (www.Germinate.net). At present this role is fulfilled by Revd Elizabeth Clarke, a Methodist minister.
It was a great pleasure to be invited to the Youth Assembly this year, although not a completely free lunch as I had a few young men and women to induct on the Sunday morning!