Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Regional 'Methodist Women in Britain' Event

Here I am home in Newcastle with my colleague Rev Eden Fletcher, Superintendent of the Newcastle Central and East Circuit responding to an invitation from the Regional Methodist Women in Britain to attend their Bi-annual conference/retreat. The retreat was at Minsteracres taking the theme of 'Living Stones'.
This was a day out in Newcastle which began at the Sage (wonderful concert venue on the Quayside) with the ladies being greeted by the Mayor of Gateshead. At 11.30 we met the group at Wesley Square on Newcastle's quayside in front of the obelisk which is a monument to Wesley's first visit to Newcastle in 1742.

We joyfully sang, 'O Thou who camest from above' reflected for a few moments on the history of Wesley in Newcastle and prayed together. The ice cream van was very tempting
but sadly no-one indulged!

Joyce Hindmarch led the afternoon worship service at Brunswick, Rev Leo Osborn, Chair of Newcastle District and President designate presided over Holy Communion and I preached. We had a deeply moving signing by Anne Collinson of the hymn 'I the Lord of Sea and Sky' which brought many of us to tears. A wonderful event and a delight to host the Methodist Women in Britain from the Cumbria, Darlington, Newcastle, Scotland and Shetland Districts of our church.

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