In July, Mr Alan Yates will lead worship at: Newport Pagnell United Reformed Church, Hinkley URC and Loughborough URC where he will also preach. He will visit the Presbyterian Church of Wales’ Assembly and attend a meeting of the URC’s faith and order committee. The Revd Kevin Watson will visit St James URC, Newcastle, and participate in the Council for World Mission’s Face to Face Programme at Queen’s College, Birmingham. He will also lead worship at Jesmond URC and the Mid Northumberland Mission Partnership.
In August, the Revd Kevin Watson has no moderatorial engagements. Mr Alan Yates will represent the URC at The Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Ghana Assembly.
Moderators and partners were spending the weekend in Bristol – a weekend of unexpected surprises. We knew it was Banksy’s home city but were surprised at how much street art there is in the city – Banksy and many others. Most of us didn’t know Bristol has hosted Street Art Festivals attracting famous artists from all over the world. Where would you find an angel with a paint pot on its head? As a Doctor Who fan, I wasn’t expecting to discover the perfect way to defeat his enemies, the Weeping Angels – upturn a paint pot on its head! Here was one I made earlier – found in the Bristol museum. My next GA moderator visit – to Abingdon would have an even bigger surprise for a Doctor Who fan!
Once a year synod moderators are joined by their partners for a weekend. During the moderators’ meeting itself partners go off for some sight-seeing, and then share the rest of the weekend together. This year we had to make late changes to where we were going and ended up in Bristol! South Western Moderator was a fantastic host and synod office arranged such an enjoyable itinerary. This included worship on the Sunday at Redlands Park Church. Before arriving, we were already looking forward to meeting the Korean Church which meets there. The service was a fusion of Asian and Western worship, and so too was the lunch which members of both communities had provided. But then we weren’t expecting……..