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Rev Chris Parker’s Ministry & Induction at Tunley URC



As you all are aware, my time at Trinity since my induction in 2011 has been shared with another church. Until now Trinity has had 75% of my time.

Following meetings and a "Preach with a View" I have accepted the call to be Minister of Tunley United Reformed Church from March 2016, alongside my Ministry at Trinity.

The Synod Pastoral Meeting has decided, after conversation with the Elders here and at Tunley, to scope the New Pastorate on a two thirds and one third basis. There will be a small reduction in my time given to Trinity which will be most noticeable on Sundays. Please pray for Elizabeth as she fills the pulpit in my absence.

This will be a new beginning for the congregation at Tunley URC who have seen their share of a Minister reduced by a half. Please pray for them and for me as we begin Ministry together.

There will be things that the two churches will definitely share in, the financial arrangements for the Manse and the expenses of Ministry and arrangements for my preaching engagements. In time there may be other things the two churches might be able to share, such as joint Elder's Meeting and Worship but as I have said to Tunley that will only happen if the mission of God can be furthered by doing so.

If you want to talk to me about the impact of these things just ask. Please pray for Trinity, Tunley and myself as we all get used to new patterns of work and witness together.


Saturday 12 March 2016

Rev Chris Parker’s Induction Service was held at Tunley United Reformed Church. It was an uplifting service and those who went along from Trinity received a very warm welcome. Our love, thoughts and prayers go with our minister Chris, his family and our friends at Tunley. We wish them well.

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Rev Chris Parker with his wife Ruth and younger daughter.

Members of the Tunley congregation - including those giving support from Trinity.

Photos published by kind permission

(From left to right)

Donald Swift (Pastoral Officer, West Lancs.)

Elizabeth Smyth (lay preacher from Trinity)

Jean Taylor (Pastoral Officer (Liverpool)

Rev. Chris Parker

Rhona Balls (Tunley's Church Secretary)

Jacky Embrey (Moderator for the Mersey Synod)