The Revd Dr Michael N. Jagessar, moderator-elect of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church looks ahead to the wonderful challenges of 2012. “Last year I experienced several converting moments which very clearly showed me two things: that the United Reformed Church is full of very gifted people; and that there are numerous small acts of transformation happening in our congregations and communities in which the ministry of love and hope is taking root.
The spectacular Torch Relay, in which the Olympic Flame is carried round Britain – a key part of the build-up to the 2012 Games – is likely to pass somewhere near your church. Over 70 days before the Games start, the cavalcade will pass through more than 1000 villages, towns and cities, bringing it within 10 miles of almost the whole population. Has YOUR church started planning what it will do?
One of the founding fathers of English football, William McGregor, a committed Congregationalist, was honoured on 20 December 2011– 100 years to the day after his death. The Revd Dr Kirsty Thorpe, Moderator of the General Assembly of the URC, played a key role in a service of commemoration St Mary’s Parish Church, Handsworth, Birmingham and was also present at the ceremony to re-dedicate McGregor’s grave at St Mary's churchyard.