Category Archives: Moderators’ blog

Twice in one day!

Towards the end of July, I spent a day visiting our church in the town where this statue celebrates one of the products the town is famous for.  Do you know where I was?

This was the first time I had to preach two different sermons in one day … I know there will be a number of ministers out there saying: welcome to the real world! Continue reading

Newport Pagnell URC

Newport Pagnell URC Mission Statement

At the beginning of July, I preached at our church in Newport Pagnell, where Revd Jenny Mills is the minister.  The church buildings are right in the heart of the town.  I was impressed to hear about their mission to the community.  As you expect from Jenny, their mission is clearly and simply presented in a framed poster in the entrance to the church; which states: In the centre of the town – at the heart of the community.  Although you won’t be able to read it, there are statements which give insights into how the church will deliver their mission.  These cover a lot of ground, including: worship, welcome, inclusivity, social justice, communication, environmental and financial stewardship. Continue reading

URC’s Most Northerly Church

Revd Susan Kirkbride outside Peedie Kirk

At the end of June, I spent a few days visiting our most northerly church: the Peedie Kirk in Kirkwall on the Orkney main island.  Peedie means small, but it is small only in relation to St Magnus Cathedral, which is less than 100 metres down the road.  Incidentally, St Magnus is one of the best maintained cathedrals I have ever seen, due mainly to the fact that it is the council’s responsibility to maintain it.  Revd Susan Kirkbride and her husband Mark were my hosts, and very hospitable they were too!

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