Friday, 10 September 2010

Beginning the New Connexional Year

The New Connexional Year began for me on 1st September at Methodist Church House as the President and I joined the Connexional team for a New Year Service at midday. This was followed by spending the weekend in London where by tradition the President or Vice-President join in worship at Wesleys Chapel and Westminster Central Hall. I also had the pleasure of a spending the Saturday in the Enfield Circuit.

Wesleys Chapel, London-Morning Worship

Greeting the morning congregation after worship with Rev'd Dr Leslie Griffiths. A vibrant congregation of all ages joined together for the first communion service of the new Connexional year. I preached on Psalm 139 'God the Knower and the Knitter!' Reflecting on what it means for us to be completely known, loved, intricately made and cherished by God.

Wesley's Chapel was built in 1778 by John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. The Chapel was his London base and replaced his previous London Chapel, The Foundery which stood about 200 yards away. It was designed by the architect George Dance the Younger, who was then the surveyor to the City of London. Wesley described his Chapel as 'perfectly neat but not fine'.It was the first Methodist Church to be built specifically for the celebration of Holy communion as well as for preaching services.

Today the Chapel is a thriving place serving a congregation of hundreds, the local community as well as the thousands of pilgrims and visitors that come each year to see the ‘Mother Church of World Methodism.’

Westminster Central Hall, London - Evening Worship
A moment of relaxation for Superintendent Rev'd Martin Turner and Rev'd Jo Cox prior to the monthly Healing Service at Westminster Central Hall where a team of people offer prayer after sharing communion. A service clearly appreciated by those who came, many of whom are not regular attenders at worship. It was inspirational to share in this act of worship by preaching and joining the healing team in prayer for others and anointing with oil.

Welcome Service for Rev'd Louise Morissey
Preaching at a welcome service is always a joy as new beginnings, opportunities and relationships are celebrated. The Enfield Circuit welcomed Rev Louise Morissey pictured here with the Circuit Superintendent Rev Geoff Cornell, Chair of District Rev Stuart Jordon, the local Mayoress and myself.

Enfield Circuit Day
A day spent with the Enfield Circuit exploring 'Friendship Evangelism' was a great experience, the commitment, energy and faithfulness of those gathered both ordained and lay was a testimony to their love for God and desire to engage with others.

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