The last day of the Synod began with a sermon from the RPCS delegate, Rev Peter Loughridge. He preached from John 17, setting before us what the Lord prayed for, which we also should be praying for. A prolonged period of prayer followed this as the Synod brought to the Lord the matters discussed over the previous days.

The remainder of the business considered:

  • the Bookshop ministry,
  • Congregational Aid (through whom smaller congregations can receive funding up to 50% of the minister’s salary),
  • Ministers’ Pensions and Widows Funds,
  • Psalmody and Sabbath Schools.

The Synod agreed to setup a committee to consider further the issues regarding education that had been discussed.

At the evening Mission Rally we heard of God’s work through the Scottish Church in the Gambia and the service of one of our members in a Christian School in South Africa.

Rev Sid Garland of Africa Christian Textbooks & Mission Africa challenged all who attended with our Lord’s commission in Matthew 28. May the Lord use this night to stir missionary zeal and service in many.

Joel Loughridge, Cloughmills RPCI

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