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The Church should be setting the pace of society in responding to dementia, a special interest group on dementia-friendly church heard today at General Assembly.

Mr David Richardson, dementia coordinator for Churches Together in Cumbria (CTiC), described the pioneering work of Cumbrian churches and encouraged Assembly delegates to follow their lead.

Read more: Take a lead in dementia-friendliness, the Church told

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

In two separate one-hour long sessions on Sunday, Assembly divided into groups to consider – and ask questions on – the content of the reports of the 11 Assembly-appointed committees.

There was provision in the agenda for these sessions to report back to the full Assembly if something worthy of a resolution came out of the parallel sessions – no business came back for such report.