Friday, 15 May 2015

Two Church Anniversaries

On 3rd of May I went first to the Deepings Methodist Church where they were celebrating 135 years of Methodist worship on that site and 25 years in the present building. The celebrations began on the Saturday evening with an excellent concert by singer/songwriter Paul Field. I was thrilled when Paul offered to sing again in the morning service. Later he and I had to cut the birthday cake!



























Later on that day, Elton Methodist Church were marking the 150th Anniversary of their church, although Methodism in the village goes back much further; the first chapel was built in 1816! Rejoice and be glad!


It was a privilege to share worship with both of these societies at such important stages in their work and witness.





Wednesday, 29 April 2015

With Julian in Norwich

I have been a fan of Julian of Norwich since I was a teenager; I first read her book 'Revelations of Divine Love' written in the late 14th century, when I was 17, and it has been a source of inspiration to me ever since. The chance to visit her shrine and cell whilst in Norwich for my District visit to the East Anglia district was a real thrill.

I spent some time with the priest in charge of the shrine, who explained that Julian was neither a nun nor a hermit, but an anchoress who was sealed in her cell with one window opening onto the church, from which she received the Sacrament, and another opening on to the outside thoroughfare, through which she offered counsel, spiritual, material and common sense to whoever came.

The priest said 'She was a lay woman, following a lay calling, for lay people.'  I felt my heart strangely warmed.

Old and new in Mann

Sometimes it's difficult to know what to pick out from all these fascinating and informative district visits to pick to blog about! Here's two snapshots from the Isle of Man.














Old - the chapel at Agneash has a long Primitive Methodist Tradition, and was open for a Heritage Day when we visited. Other events such as a Primitive Methodist service were planned for later in the month. Great to take in the unique atmosphere of generations of worshipping people in this place.




 New - I was invited to share in the Youth Service at Promenade Church in Douglas.
The service, entitled 'Don't hide your light under a bucket' included crisps and drinks,

a game, discussion, and a chance to reflect prayerfully on letting our own light shine in the world. Then an interview with me - the boring bit, I'm sure!

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Beeston 150th Anniversary

Easter Day saw the 150th anniversary of the chapel in Beeston, North Bedfordshire. A lovely chapel, very active and connected to the local community, despite its long history. We enjoyed a celebration of Easter with current members and many who had come back especially for the anniversary. What better day to 'Praise Him for all that is past, and trust Him for all that's to come.'



Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Mid Lincolshire Circuit

On Sunday last I was in mid Lincs, sharing in joyful and uplifting praise services for Palm Sunday at Coningsby in the morning and at Horncastle, after a delicious tea, for a packed circuit service in the evening. The Mid Lincs singers sang 'I will sing a song of love' by John Bell, and readings and prayers led by members of the circuit preaching team. Thank you all!

Horncastle Methodist Church

Friday, 27 March 2015

Shetland

The beautiful, bleak, windswept Shetland Islands were the place of my most recent visit. I am pictured aboard my Viking Ship!


The sun shone throughout and showed of the beauty of the islands to perfection


Here is the lovely Methodist church on the Island of Yell. I felt privileged to spend an evening with their Bible study group, meeting in the home of two members, talking and praying together, and sharing our faith.

And I mustn't forget.....

The 3rd Basingstoke Boys Brigade company, 50 years old this year!