Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Back Home

After three weeks away from home it was good to be able to spend some time with Myrtle, Daniel and Joe. I had a couple of days to catch up before my 'official visit' to my own district in North Lancashire.

The Bishop of Blackburn had arranged and hosted a meal for me at Whalley Abbey to meet up with the other Church Leaders in Lancashire as well as our new Churches Together Officers who have recently been appointed. It was a lovely meal, good conversation and a chance to catch up on all that has been happening in our lives over these past nine months.

On the SaturdayI was the main speaker at Inspire 3. This is our now annual Leadership Conference and was once again held at Lancaster University. There were around 220 people at the event, most from Lancashire but a smattering from neighbouring Districts.

On the Sunday I was invited to preach at the Church in Preston where I was minister before moving to become Chair of District. This was the final service at Fulwood Church before they began a £1m+ renovation and rebuilding scheme. The dreamong began 11 years ago whilst i was amonmg them so it was a real joy to share with the congregation as they have reached this important moment in their witness as a church. There was both sadness and a real sense of optimism as everything was packed up and moved out for the builders to move in!!

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