Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Stepping Down as Global Partners Co-ordinator

Dear all,
I have decided to step down as North Western Synods Global Partners Co-ordinator so a new person is being sought. If you have some time and energy and vision for organising and building on our Taiwanese partnership and a willingness to visit Taiwan and help organise and support groups to visit and to come to our synod from Taiwan then we are looking for you and please contact the Synod office with your expression of interest.
I will be travelling to Taiwan this year for several months as part of my sabbatical with my family and am sure it will be a time of change. The role has meant I have visited and shared with many Taiwanese sisters and brothers and people from local churches around our synod too. I hope it will be a role with lots of interest and someone who can take and develop the strategy set down in 2012 for our synod Global Partners.

It is a role I have really enjoyed and from which I am happy to pass on information about. I have a couple of boxes of Taiwanese items like maps, cds, tea and english information leaflets and photos for the next person who will visit local churches and enthuse them about the partnership!

kind blessings,

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Facebook is our main way of communicating

Dear all,
please click on the link with facebook on the right column - that and a new specific facebook group for our synod exclusively are now the main ways of communicating however a v.brief update:
1) Revd Ruth Dillon will represent the URC in Taiwan in September including a visit to Chiayi Presbytery. If you would like her to take specific items for people there please contact her directly.
2) A Taiwanese couple will visit Heald Green URC & The Dandelion Community at St. Marks URC Wythenshawe from 1st-14th September 2012 to volunteer. They asked to visit these churches specifically however if you are interested in welcoming them to your church or community project in the synod during this time please contact me directly by phone through the synod yearbook.
3) A series of short mission in community films are being made this summer & autumn with Mandarin translation with help from Taiwanese & Mandarin speaking friends at St Peters Church & Chaplaincy & through the September visit. This is part of our outreach to friends in Taiwanese churches who may wish to visit or share about our churches and their mission and ministries in their local churches. We are setting up a You Tube account for the world church films and hope you will want to show and share them in English in your own local churches to encourage world church advocacy.
4) A prayer card is being prepared for all members in every local URC in our North Western Synod in order to take part in regular prayer and information sharing with Chiayi Presbytery in Taiwan. Revd Shou-Hui Chung and Angela Bogg are supporting this and it will be available for download in the autumn 2012 and will be emailed to all ministers and secretaries in the autumn too.

We want to do all we can do to gently encourage advocacy, prayer, learning and sharing with our World Church partners in Taiwan. If you have ideas and suggestions please dont hestitate to get in touch - leave a message here or do phone me or even post a letter! My contact info is in the synod handbook, available through your church minister and secretary and we are also on facebook too. many thanks, Rev Kate