One of David’s first tasks, as deacons gathered for their annual Convocation at the Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick, was to preside at the first Diaconal Committee, which replaced the Diaconal Session of the Conference. It was attended by those deacons who would be members of the Conference in
Around 230 deacons gathered for the 4 days of Convocation. It was an opportunity for all present to renew friendships and laughter constantly filled the hall and meeting rooms.
It also provided an opportunity to warmly greet those who were ordained at the 2009 Methodist Conference in
I spoke on Monday evening about how individuals and churches across the connexion were responding to God’s call to them and developing a pattern of ministry that was fit for the future.
On Tuesday morning David spoke about the sensitive issues of sexual abuse and talked about his experiences producing the report “Tracing Rainbows”. In the afternoon I led one of a number of workshops that together provided a rich variety of opportunities to nourish the community.
It was a delight to be part of Convocation and we left inspired by the Diaconal Order’s life, joy, humility and loving care for each other and those they are called to serve.