Friday, 3 September 2010

Cornwall District Visit

The sun shone as we arrived in Cornwall for my first District visit. A wonderful welcome awaited us from the District Chair Rev Steve Wild and his wife Laura. It was a pleasure to stay with them and listen to stories of how the church is engaging with the community.

Welcome Service for Deacon Tom Luke at Truro Methodist Church

A great occasion led by the Superintendent Rev Mark Dunn-Wilson and Rev Steve Wild. The service included a wonderful rendition of Katrina and the Waves 'Walking on Sonshine' and ended with an organ recital accompanied by dustbin lid percussion - great fun!

Radio Cornwall Sunday Breakfast Show

Sunday morning began with an early morning cuppa with Steve at 7am and then onto Radio Cornwall for an interview on the Sunday morning programme at 7.30am

Welcome Service for a new diaconal appointment at Falmouth Methodist Church
It was a delight to preach at the Welcome Service for Deacon Michelle Legumi & her husband Dave. Michelle was introduced by Clarence the frog as the new Beacon Deacon!

Sunday dinner with the residents of the Langholme Methodist Homes for the Aged

Gwennap Pit

Gwennap Pit is a natural open-air amphitheatre in which John Wesley preached in the latter half of the 18th Century. Wesley preached at Gwennap Pit on eighteen occasions between 1776 and 1789, always on a Sunday. On the first of these, he was unable to stand in his usual spot in Gwennap village due to high winds and wrote in his diary; '... but a small distance was a hollow capable of containing many thousands of people. I stood on one side of this ampitheatre towards the top and with people beneath on all sides, I enlarged on those words in the gospel for the day Blessed are the eyes which see the things that you see and hear the things that you hear.' Rev Steve Wild led the worship, I preached after which we were all invited for the most gorgeous clotted cream teas in the visitors centre.

What an absolute pleasure it was to meet Sister Dorothy, one of our retired Wesley deaconesses. Hearing about the old Wesley Deaconess Training college at Ikley and her ministry was just a joy. Sister Dorothy not only rejoiced in a life well lived but also articulated how fulfilled her life remained and her sense of being prepared for whenever the God she serves and loves will finally call her home.

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