Presbytery members came from all over the region – some braving roadworks that closed access roads into Canberra – to gather at North Belconnen Uniting Church who graciously hosted our first Presbytery meeting of the year. Thank you North Belconnen for your welcome and hospitality.
As well as the business part of the meeting which Congregations’ Presbytery reps can fill you in on, there was information about some of NSW and ACT Synod’s projects which will involve us all:
- We heard about Seeds of Growth:
- Briony Griffiths, Church Engagement, Uniting, updated us about Pathways. You can also read the latest letter from Rev Jane Fry, Synod General Secretary, about the implementation (Mar-Sep) of Pathways here.
- Rev Mark Faulkner, Director of Rural and Remote Ministry Initiatives for Synod, informed us about the project: Saltbush – Uniting the Scattered Community.
- We learned about Pulse – dedicated to building life-supporting relationships between young people and Uniting Church communities.
Our main presentation and workshop was brought to us by Mark and Mary Hurst who serve as pastors in the Mennonite Mission Network and are resource people in Australia and New Zealand. Their teaching on discipleship and peace nurtures Christian community. The theme was Healthy Congregations: handling challenges well – about times of transition and change when the normal patterns of being church are often disrupted. How do our congregations live through the disruptions that will arise? Your reps who were present at the meeting can tell you more.
The next Presbytery meeting will be held at Merimbula on 26th May – more information will be coming.