Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Shaping the future - Southampton


Andrew Wood, the Southampton Chair, gathered together around 120 people from circuit leadership teams from across the District. We spent the morning looking at leadership and how we can enable the churches and circuits to move forward and enabkle the change needed to make us 'fit for purpose' as a Church today.

Following this we travelled down to Weymouth....being Chair of a fairly compact District I am amazed the distances some of my colleagues have to travel in the larger Districts - similar to last week in East Anglia. We went to share in the opening and dedication of the newly built church in Weymouth.

on 17th January 2002 the Maiden Street Methodist Church was destroyed by fire - and this just after they had finished refurbising the building. The members of Maiden st. have now joined with members of Westham to form this new church community, Weymouth Bay Methodist Church.

We had a wonderful celebration. The service, led by the minister, David Plumb,

was a fitting end to years of worry and dreams and a new beginning for all that God is asking of the people at Weymouth Bay. The premises have been imaginatively developed with a good number of rooms of different sizes and good catering facilities so there are now many opportunities for the church to connect with the community which include the nearby hospital and college.

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