Weekly Reflection from the District Chair - Rachel Parkinson

We will update as the District Chair produces a new reflection. 

21/06/2020 - Home is where the heart is?

27/05/2020 - Pentecost Address

21/05/2020 - Ascension Day

It's Ascension Day today. In addition to its significance in remembering Jesus' ascension to heaven it also marks the beginning of Thy Kingdom Come 2020. I must confess that with the lockdown, TKC has been one of the events planned in the District which I have rather lost sight of, though I'm glad that this isn't the case with all Circuits and Churches (more news on that later in the week).

However I am delighted to be a part of this special video launched today by BCCE and CLASP - ecumenical groups which cover the Black Country and South Staffordshire parts of the District. The 45-minute presentation features four short conversations about aspects of the Lord's Prayer. The conversations are supplemented by Bible readings, sung worship and intercessory prayer. 
I was delighted to have Michael Ipgrave, Bishop of Lichfield, as my conversation partner. We were invited to talk about praying for friends and family in the context of the line of the Lord's Prayer "Lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil". I feel sure you'll want to watch the whole thing but if you did want to dip into our conversation it is between 31.16 and 38. 
The video also features (in alphabetical order by surname): 
+ Revd Adrian Argile (Regional Minister Team Leader, Heart of England Baptist Association) + 
+ Pastor Dr Marcus Chilaka (National Ecumenical Officer, Redeemed Christian Church of God) + 
+ Revd Steve Faber (Moderator, West Midlands Synod, United Reformed Church) + 
+ The Most Revd Bernard Longley (Archbishop of Birmingham, Roman Catholic Church) +
+ Lieutenant Colonel Karin Ramos (Divisional Leader for Leader Development, West Midlands Division, Salvation Army) + 
+ Bishop Mike Royal (Apostolic Pastoral Congress) +