However we’ve also had to create plenty of time to engage with the media after our visit to General Synod on Thursday. People who rely on reports in some of our national papers could be forgiven for thinking that the Methodist Church in Britain was about to merge with the Church of England in the next few weeks, but those who have read what we actually said, or whom we have spoken to this weekend, have been uniformly supportive and understand that we were talking about a covenant between our two Churches that is now 7 years old.
On Friday David was on Radio 4’s Today programme, together with the Rt Revd Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester, and was interviewed by John Humphries. They both spoke as one about the importance of our Churches working together more closely and being “The Church” in a community. This morning I was back at
In all our media work there has been an opportunity to talk positively about what the Church is doing, and how our focus on working on mission together and responding to God’s call to us all is so important. There may be more opportunities for many more of us to do the same in the coming weeks, and we hope Methodists will take up such opportunities if they are available.
We’d also recommend a visit to Pete Philips’ blog site for an excellent summary of current Methodist thinking on the issues relating to the Anglican/Methodist Covenant. Pete is the secretary of the Faith and Order committee. His blog site, postmodernbible can be found at http://postmodernbible.blogs.com/postmodernbible/2010/02/and-methodisms-leadership-says-synod.html
On Saturday we spent the day at
On Saturday evening we had an opportunity to relax in the company of District Chair Liz Smith and her husband Peter, together with former Vice-Presidents Peter and Susan Howdle.
After the early visit to
There used to be a thriving young peoples group at Sandal, which helped to bring me in to church membership in 1981, but sadly it is no longer active, and whilst the congregation remains large, with a wonderful choir, they have few children worshipping in the congregation on a Sunday. However they have recently started a Messy Church which is now attracting over 30 children and families, which is certainly good news.
Leeds District is relatively compact compared with many others in
David had led worship in the morning, and after lunch we joined in a session called “Church in the Dale” led by Revd Elizabeth Clark, the rural officer for