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The Revd David Grosch-Miller on 9 July presented to General Assembly the business referred to it by Mission Council. It concerned the ‘Walking the Way’ initiative (resolution 1), the safeguarding past case review, and the functions of synods (resolutions 5 and 6).

The Revd Richard Church, Deputy General Secretary (Discipleship) and Ms Francis Brienen, Deputy General Secretary (Discipleship) introduced resolution 1, which commends Walking the Way – Living the Life of Jesus Today’, an initiative promoting missional discipleship.

Read more: Synods, safeguarding and Walking the Way – Mission Council business at General Assembly

I like espressos … small but incredibly potent …tell your people to stop trying to be like cappuccinos and try to be more like espressos.

Nick Page

Three of the 13 synod moderators – the Revd Paul Whittle, Eastern Synod, the Revd Ruth Whitehead, South Western Synod and the Revd Steve Faber, West Midlands – introduced the Synod Moderators’ report.

The Synod Moderators’ written report began with a quote from Nick Page’s The Invisible Church ‘I like espressos … small but incredibly potent … tell your people to stop trying to be like cappuccinos and try to be more like espressos.’

Read more: Synod Moderators’ report – What would life be like without coffee?

Members of General Assembly and guests participated in a vibrant Communion service on Sunday 10 July. The service included uplifting hymns, choral singing, a youth group drama, a video presentation from children within the denomination and a rousing sermon from the Revd Kevin Watson, Moderator of General Assembly.

Making plentiful use of images, video and songs, Mr Watson's sermon encouraged the Church to 'rediscover the way of resurrection.' He said, 'We have become a lost and wayward people,' but God invites us to journey with the Israelites, to wade into the river of life, 'and then in discipleship follow that path already trodden by Jesus.'

Read more: Assembly Communion service: 'Go plant your footprint'