Author Archives: Alan Yates

Moving Mountains

On Sunday night I returned home following a four-day mission in Cumbria as part of the Moving Mountains campaign.  The ecumenical mission involved Anglicans, Methodists, Salvation Army and URC.  33 teams worked across the county and were engaged in around 500 different activities reaching about 25,000 people.  Each team consisted a group of local Christians supported by a number of others who volunteered to help.  Four Synod Moderators (Steve Faber, Andrew Mills, David Pickering and Paul Whittle) and myself each brought a few others with them. Continue reading

Presbyterian Church in Taiwan

Presbyterian Church in Taiwan

Just over a week ago I was one of a few people who gathered in Church House to greet an emissary from the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT), Prof Victor Hsu.  It was a pleasure meeting Victor, not just because of what he represents but also because of the stories he told of life in Taiwan and the PCT.  PCT have 40 partnerships with other denominations around the world.  A few of them, such as with the URC, are very significant.  Many of you will be aware that a Taiwanese congregation uses Lumen, TFiL – the Taiwanese Fellowship in London. Continue reading

Return to Rothbury

Rothbury URC (in panoramic mode)

At the end of January, I took the morning service in the Rothbury URC which was hosting the regular get together for the Mid Northumberland Mission Partnership.  It delightful to spend some time with the folk from Rothbury, Alnwick and the environs; as an added benefit it afforded me the opportunity to pick up with old friends and and to make some new friends. Continue reading