Pilots companies are run by local congregations of the United Reformed Church and others for children and young people aged five to eighteen, giving churches the opportunity to share their faith in a way that is creative and in a caring environment.
John Proctor reported on the responses given to questionnaires distributed earlier in the meeting asking about the role and future of General Assembly. Throughout this report the numbers in brackets relate to the number of people holding the stated view.
The first question asked what was most important about General Assembly. Of the respondents, the majority (27) viewed the sense of ownership of decisions made as the most important aspect. Next, the quality of decisions made (17); an inspiring event (14) and, all three (14).
Paper A1 – Update from the Assembly arrangements committee
Mission Council returned to the discussion on Paper A1, the update from the Assembly arrangements committee (AAC).
Mr Alan Yates and the Revd Kevin Watson, the moderators-elect of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church are appealing to every congregation in the URC to participate in an Assembly display reflecting the breadth of church life across the denomination.
Mr Yates explains: 'We are all People of the Way and we know that local churches are creative in the ways they express their faith, worship God and engage with their communities. We want churches to shout about the good things they are doing – and so we are asking every congregation of the United Reformed Church to send us photos of the glorious variety and vitality of their church life – and we'll use the best of them in a specially-arranged display at Assembly.'
Authorised Elders (Paper F1)
Elizabeth Welch, convenor of the faith and order committee, and David Thompson, convenor of the small task group looking at authorised eldership, presented paper F1.