A report to the members of the UCA in the Canberra Region Presbytery on the recently held Presbytery Meeting hosted by Kippax Uniting Church – May 2016.
Much discussion from the floor….
1. EDUCATIONAL SESSION (Morning session)
a) Marks of the Movement
All throughout 2016 the morning session of our meetings focused on the theme “Marks of the Movement”. This is our response to the feeling many people have that the institutional nature of our Church has a deadening impact and inhibits us finding our way forward as congregations in a new era when what we once did no longer works.
…. and in table groups where responses to the two questions (see below) were jotted down on butchers paper.
We have chosen the idea of “Movement” as this picks up something of the dynamic of what Jesus called his disciples to. It also reflects the idea that we are seeking to move into a new way of being church.
At our meeting Presbytery Minister (Mission & Education), Geoff Wellington, presented a three line summary of our previous conversations around “What does this ‘Movement’ look like?”. Continue reading
The Presbytery meeting 13 February 2016 was held in St Andrew’s church hall in Cooma. Members of the Monaro Parish provided generous hospitality for the sixty or so Presbytery reps, ministry agents and visitors from the coast to the country areas of Canberra Region, who came along to participate in the morning gathering and afternoon meeting, some travelling from the early hours of the morning to get there on time.
The theme – marks of the movement: During 2015 the Presbytery conducted a well-being survey of our congregations using five marks of mission – 1. proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom 2. teaching, baptising and nurturing new believers 3. responding to human need in loving service 4. seeking to transform unjust structures in society 5. striving to safe guard the integrity of creation, sustaining and nurturing new life. Much of the discussion focussed on the well-being survey. Results of the survey were provided for each congregation via a USB memory stick for representatives to take back to their churches for discussion.
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A picnic and ‘expo’ followed the morning’s meeting of the Canberra Region Presbytery on Saturday 7 November 2015, hosted by Greenhills Camp and Conference Centre, ACT.
As 2015 draws to a close the Canberra Region Presbytery celebrates the life of Congregations. Together we have much to give thanks to God for congregations as they worship, witness and serve.
During July and August Canberra Region Presbytery (CRP) held three regional gatherings for Church Council office bearers, ministry agents and lay leaders from each of our congregations.The gatherings were well attended with participants sharing the good things happening in their congregations along with their concerns, a frequent one being dwindling numbers.
Each gathering was an opportunity for congregations to:
a) get to know one another better and learn more of what is happening with and through our congregations,
b) build on the work being done through Presbytery meetings to ensure we are all on the same page,
c) ask questions of Presbytery and give feedback.
Mark Berry, guest speaker, from Telford, UK.
From institution to movement, practising the faith.
This was the theme of our Presbytery gathering on Saturday 15th August 2015; a theme prompted by the presentation of our guest, Mark Berry, on the ‘new monasticism’.
The gathering, followed by the Presbytery meeting after lunch, was hosted by Gungahlin Uniting Church, whose hospitality and relatively new building ensured a warm, open and welcoming place in which to meet on a cold winter’s day.
About 70 of us gathered in the morning to hear Mark speak of how safespace, the missional community he founded in 2005 in Telford, UK, has developed into what has become known as a ‘new monastic’ community; one which seeks to base its life on spiritual disciplines and patterns of Christian discipleship.
Video A video of Mark Berry’s presentation was taken and is currently being edited. As soon as it is available we will let all congregations know.
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