Monday, 3 March 2008

From Lords to London - via Bristol

What a weekend! Friday evening was spent at the House of Lords celebrating 65 years of MHA. About 150 folk - the good and the greater - attended and listened to how it was, how it is, and what are the hopes and plans for the future. It was wonderful to have a number of MHA residents among us. Keith Albans stood in at the last minute to host the event (Pam Ayres was unable to come because of family bereavement) and did a fantastic job. A special book was launched, compiled by Laurence Wareing who was present to mark the event. One of those events that makes one proud to be a Methodist.

Then to Bristol for a district weekend. Saturday was spent at Wesley College where I focused on aspects of mission and renewal (what else?!). An encouraging group of about 80 folk came along and it was, for me at least, a helpful event. Sunday morning was spent at Cirencester where Mothering Sunday shared with a sermon on mission shaped church! Thanks to the lovely folk there for their welcome.

No doubt Ruby will blog about her Sunday morning and the great service in the evening. Now back in London after a day with Methodists involved with Fresh Expressions! What a life!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks Martyn, it was great to see you there. Just a minor point, it was Pam Rhodes, not Pam Ayres who was unable to be there! But thinking about it, Pam Ayres presenting Songs of Praise, and delivering some of Charles Wesley's stirring verse is a great idea. "I wish I'd looked afer my soul?!"

Keith A