On Saturday morning we walked the short distance to
Following our meeting we had time to drive up some of the Welsh valleys and saw the significant changes that have taken place in this area, as industry has been replaced by green hills and heritage sites such as The Big Pit. There have been major changes not only in the landscape and the type of jobs available, but the Methodist Church has been changing too, with circuits coming together and historic boundaries disappearing.
Saturday afternoon was spent with a group gathered at the newly refurbished and extended
We talked together about the many ethical problems raised by modern health care, including the recent developments in the assisted suicide debate and the questions raised by the death of Kerrie Wooltorton, who wrote an advanced directive that prohibited health care staff from saving her life after an attempted suicide. It was a lively discussion about very difficult issues.
On Sunday morning we headed to the coast as I had been invited to preach at Trinity Methodist and United Reformed Church in Porthcawl. It is one of 4 united churches in the area. Superintendent of the Brigend United Area, Revd Gordon Sollis lead the service. The church is excellently situated on the high street of this popular tourist town and it’s premises are well used for a full range of activities, including work with people with learning disabilities.
We had been invited to lunch with former MP and health minister, Wyn Griffiths and his wife. Wyn is now Chair of the newly merged Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board which brings together local hospitals and community services, a way of working that is very different from
An afternoon service had been arranged at