The Gloucestershire circuit is one of the largest circuits in the Methodist Church in Britain. It is large in numbers of churches and members and large in geographical area as it encompasses nearly all of Gloucestershire. When I joined the staff and members of the Circuit Executive they shared some of their visions for the circuit and I was able to share my theme for the year - Waiting expectantly for glimpses of glory. It was a good time of fellowship in which we were joined by the Chair of District, Revd Ward Jones.
We then went to another area of Cheltenham to visit the Cornerstone Centre. This centre was opened 10 years ago having been built after the nearby Whaddon Methodist Church was destroyed in a fire. The Centre is attached to the United Church of St Michael, an Anglican/Methodist Local Ecumenical Partnership. This is a centre which serves the community in many ways.
Among the facilities and activities here are a laundrette which is well used by local people, a computer room, the chiropody service, and the community room. Lunches are served here and there are regular cofee mornings.
|Here you can see the Manager of the Centre in the laundrette at Cornerstone|
|Jerry and Pat are volunteers at the centre and run Care and Share|
|The volunteers gathered at Cornerstone. In the front row is Revd Ward Jones (L), Revd James Tebbut, Superintendent Minister (R) and Revd John Turner minister at St Michaels (2nd L)|
|Rays of hope inside Cinderford church - A glimpse of glory|
|Inside Cinderford Church - ready for new beginnings.|
We gathered in the church hall to eat tea, to talk and to share in a brief act of worship.
The sunlight came in through the stained glass window and transformed the piano into a rainbow of promise.
Tomorrow I will leave the Bristol District to travel to London and then to East Anglia, I will travel expectantly.