Life as a new General Assembly Moderator

Life as a new General Assembly Moderator is gently getting underway with preparations for forthcoming engagements gathering speed. In August I will visit and participate in the Holiday Forum at the Swanwick Hayes Centre, following that I will be taking part in a service marking the Revd Lena Talbot’s retirement from full time stipendiary ministry of Word and Sacrament in Blackburn Lancashire. Soon afterwards I will be visiting the Holy Moorside United Reformed Church in Chesterfield where I will lead worship in a service that will be joined by other local churches marking their Flower Festival during Well Dressing week which I understand attracts lots of people.

I am very much looking forward to meeting different people, supporting and taking part in many different occasions that celebrate the life and experiences of different congregations.

As you may know Nigel and I as the new General Assembly Moderators have embraced Walking the Way living the life of Jesus today as our theme for our 2 years of service following on from Kevin and Alan. In addition, I have an interest in the importance of living out our Faith in Action and am looking forward to celebrating the work that is already being done in our churches and communities.

As our programmes get underway we will be doing our best to keep you all informed about our experiences as we go along. My next Blog will be both looking back at what has happened as well as looking forward to what is to come.

May God be with you all.

Derek Estill

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