Synod endorsed two flagship pieces of missional work
On Saturday 5th September the district synod, at Emmanuel Church in Salford, enthusiastically endorsed two exciting and innovative initiatives in mission – one in the very urban context of Manchester City Centre and the second in the more rural context of Sinderland Green, near Sale.
In Manchester synod heard of the development of a contemporary vision of Central Hall ministry, expressing in a way that is relevant for today the vision of those who pioneered Central halls in many of our large towns and cities. Across the country, British Methodism has been closing down Central Halls because they are not financially viable or missionally sustainable. In Manchester the opposite is the case, there is a clear vision for mission in developing some of the existing work and in reaching out in new ways. Synod endorsed the development of a pioneering approach to team ministry through the creation of a district appointed mission team leader to work alongside the deacon and fresh expressions missioner to develop outreach form Central Buildings on Oldham Street in to the various communities of the city centre.
You can see more about this vision in the Mission Statement (PDF)
In the rural context of Sinderland Green near Sale synod heard of a bold vision to develop The Chapel in the Fields – a vison of a rural spiritual oasis, craft workshop exploring spirituality in wood and other media and a Godly Play centre to take the Gospel Stories out into local schools and Churches. However, this is much more than a development of a small rural chapel, significant though that is, this is a vison for a resource centre for the District and the whole of the Northwest. You can see more about the vision here.
For more details on either of these, please contact our Resourcing Mission Enabler, Rod Hill.