Pathways Update - August 2018
Pathways continues to meet with congregations and Presbyteries across the Synod of NSW and ACT, encouraging us to listen to one another, to share our hopes and dreams, and, most importantly, to support and pray for one another as we share God’s love in our local communities.
More than half the Presbyteries have had groups participating in workshops. Most recently, the Pathways team has engaged with a number of groups in the Canberra Region Presbytery and across the Riverina. The team has begun to meet with groups in the Mid North Coast and in Macquarie Darling Presbytery. In the Far North Coast and the Hunter Presbyteries, the team has been working alongside the Presbytery and met with the Presbytery groups in those regions.
The conversations have been energising and exciting as people share our common understanding of what it means to be followers of Jesus Christ, what it means to be part of the Uniting Church and how we are engaging in our local communities. These groups and Presbyteries are now reflecting on what they have heard and the priorities for work that they have identified.
Melanie and Kath have continued to work with the pilot Presbyteries, New England North West and Parramatta Nepean, to develop their strategic plans, particularly around the identified priority of “Telling God’s Story”. This has generated a great deal of energy and positive engagement and we look forward to seeing these plans implemented locally.
The next steps
While individual groups start developing local plans, the next steps are to collate all that we have heard from the different groups who have participated and to develop themes and priorities for the whole Church to consider and work on together. In order to have this ready to enable wide consultation in the early part of 2019, we need to have received your input by the end of October.
If you have not yet had the opportunity to participate in a workshop and you would like to contribute, now is the time to be in touch.
For more information about how your congregation can be involved: