Monday, 21 March 2011

Shetland District Visit

Visiting Shetland for the first time has been a wonderful experience of warm and generous hospitality with more home made cakes than I have seen in a long time! A rugged yet stunningly beautiful landscape, the Shetland District is overseen by the Rev Jeremy Dare alongside his colleague Rev Nigel Barton, they are serving God in this unique place with all the joys and challenges of an Island community.

A Stunningly beautiful Landscape

An afternoon stroll on the cliff edge!
Here we are at Eshaness in the North of the Island, Jeremy is kindly holding onto me to keep me attached to the cliff, the wind was howling but the view was incredible.

Staff Lunch

Lunch with the Chair of District Rev Jeremy Dare and his wife Sheila, alongside Lauris (new Lay Worker) and Gary Williams one of the regional development team and Paul and Joy members from the North of the Island.

Saturday evening took us to 'Rebellion' at Cunningsburgh, a village 10 miles south of Lerwick (major town of Shetland). Rebellion is an ecumenical youth meeting for teenagers with songs, testimony and great use of video clips and Power Point.

Walls Methodist Church
Sunday morning was spent with the congregation at Walls Methodist Church.

Sunday dinner on the Croft

We enjoyed wonderful hospitality on Shetland and received a special treat of having a traditional Sunday dinner of Shetland roast lamb with Alma on her Croft, kept warm by the Norwegian peat stove. Alma's sister and her husband joined us for dinner, another Eunice!

On Sunday afternoon we joined the Chair of District Rev Jeremy Dare at a small village church in Tresta where a very small but dedicated group of people meet each Sunday at 3pm.

Circuit Service at Scalloway

Sunday evening Worship took place at Scalloway Methodist Church where an all age congregation joined together for a Circuit Service led by the Chair of District Rev Jeremy Dare and I preached. We were treated to a wonderful rendition of Psalm 139 in Shetland dialect which was almost incomprehensible to me, but great to hear.

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