On Saturday May 31st I travelled to Leeds to meet with members of Outcome. I presided and preached at the communion service and then listened to and shared with my sisters and brothers in Christ.
On the following Tuesday I travelled north to Inverness where the Methodist Church is celebrating the 250th anniversary of John Wesley's first visit. When Mr Wesley arrived Methodism was already established having been brought first by military men and then by the first Methodist preacher to cross the border into Scotland, Christopher Hopper. Christopher Hopper came from County Durham, so I felt as if I was treading in his foot-steps, though my journey on the train was considerably easier than his. It was Christopher Hopper who brought John Wesley to Inverness and on the day they arrived it was pouring with rain. The storm was so heavy that they thought the meeting planned for the afternoon would be cancelled. They went to worship in the Old High Kirk and the minister gave them lunch and then invited Mr Wesley to preach in the kirk, which he did both that day and the next. It is worth reading the whole story and you can do so here
|The garden at Breathe|
|The proctor greeting his guests|
|Christine and Menzies|
|Visitors from Florida|
|Old High Kirk|
After preaching in Inverness, Mr Wesley said, 'Were it only for this day, I should not have regretted riding an hundred miles', words which are written on the stained glass window in the Methodist Church.