Woman Religious Leader Shows the Way
|Published: 10th June 2012 16:37|
A woman leader of the national United Reformed Church has encouraged members of the local church in Roundhay, north east Leeds, in their mission to love God, follow Jesus and serve the community. Val Morrison, an ordained Elder at a church in Doncaster, is one of the three women who currently lead the national United Reformed Church. She was attending the annual general meeting of St Andrew's Roundhay United Reformed Church in Shaftesbury Avenue in Leeds 8. She promised to commemorate her visit to Roundhay by planting a tree.
Addressing St Andrew's members, Val Morrison, who is Co-Moderator of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church, said:
"I plant a tree for every church I visit as Moderator. With St Andrew's, that will be 131.
"My purpose as Moderator is to encourage and enable congregations in what they are doing in their own communities. Might it be that what God wants for his church is a diverse organisation, not limited by rules or atrophied in time, peopled by those who can see further than tomorrow or, sadly in some cases, yesterday? Where the church is flourishing it may not be with huge numbers, but it is with huge faith and a willingness to think outside the box.
"For example, there is the church that gave the land for a garden for children in the neighbouring high rise flats, which has led to a thriving community growing vegetables and fruit. There is the church that sold its rambling building, bought a bungalow and created a garden for the community.
"As Co-Moderator I often meet senior people in public life, but I am touched most by the people I meet in our churches who pursue their faith quietly, diligently and patiently. We can't do anything without the intervention of our amazing creative and loving God. I pray for His blessings on your witness here in Roundhay."