I arrived at High Leigh to spend a day with the Lay Workers at their Conference just in time to share in Breakfast before Martyn led us in a Bible Study. The Lay Workers were great company to keep and the Conference had obviously been going well. In the morning I chaired a session where people shared their experience of Fresh Expressions before Steve Pearce and Penny Fuller led a session on working with children and young people.
It was good to be around at lunch time when the Lay Workers took the opportunity to say thank you to Margaret Mackley, Lay Worker's Secretary for all her work with them at this the last Conference she will organise. Flowers and gifts were presented to Margaret and then we were very impressed when the Conference Centre also took the opportunity to thank Margaret as one of their most efficient Conference organisers. But as she says - she has not gone yet- and we know that Margaret has a lot to share in her work. But thank you for all your work.
In the afternoon there was a great choice of workshops and then a session where I shared something of my journey and we thought about being part of wider Methodism in Europe and the World with others sharing their experiences. I left the group to their evening activities pleased to have shared time with these people who give so much to the work of the Church and the communities in which they serve. Thank you all.