Synod Expo - Adelaide West Uniting Church

By Rev Mark Schultz

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Last Saturday, the first of the Synod Expos began at Adelaide West Uniting Church.

Ministers, leaders and congregation members were greeted in the morning and led through to refreshments and a market-place of stalls from Mediacom Education, the Synod Refugee Advocacy Group, Fellowships and Mission Support, Uniting Foundation and others. There was a real buzz around the room as well as the music of Leigh Newton and Ferg in the sanctuary.

The keynote was a conversation between Rev Canon Dave Male, Director for Discipleship and Evangelism for the Church of England and Rev Ruthmary Bond (Minister and Fresh Expression planter) on the theme of ‘Chasing the wind of the Spirit’. Dave shared his knowledge and experience, offering his own churches' approach to ministry mission. He spoke of being a simpler, humbler and bolder church: less encumbered in governance and structure, humble enough to see our shortcomings and work for the common good and bold enough to share the gospel in simple ways. It is a radically simple way of setting the church ready for the opportunities and challenges that face it in God’s calling upon it.

Later in the day, a panel of leaders from across the church answered questions from the attendees, helping them all to work through the application and ramifications of the day’s content. There were also workshops, a market-place full of ideas and plenty of food and fellowship, completed by the admission of Rev Mark Kickett as a Minister of the Word in the Uniting Church in Australia.

The Expos continue through October into November in Port Lincoln, Port Pirie, Murray Bridge, the South-East and Berri. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to re-engage with God’s mission in the Church. 

To view the video highlights of the day and for further information and to register visit: https://sa.uca.org.au/synod-expo

 


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