The North West SYNOD of the United Reformed Church is currently reorganising its 130 churches by reviewing mission priorities. Churches are forming groups to share resources and strengthen ties as Mission Partners. We at Cheadle Hulme and our sister church at Bramhall have joined the S Manchester & Cheshire Missional Patnership which was commissioned on 21 JULY 2019.
Four ministers will be assigned to the sixteen URC churches sharing mission, and will join the teams of non-stipendary ministers, retired ministers, preachers, local leaders and elders in deciphering mission priorities for the partnership. One minister is known already; Rev Dr Marion Tugwood, who also administers for the NW Synod; three “opportunities for ministry” were declared at the end of September.
The 16 partner URCs are…
Macclesfield, Wilmslow, Bramhall, Cheadle Hulme, Heald Green, Gatley, Sale, Altrincham, Heaton Moor, Ashton on Mersey, Reddish, Didsbury, Christ Church, The Dandelion Community (Wythenshawe), Edgeley LEP, Trinity (Cheadle) LEP.
LEP=Local Ecumenical Partnership (usually with the local Methodist Church)
A joint Steering Grp has met many times, and is focusing training and on sharing mission in all its forms.