Thursday, 19 February 2015

Ash Wednesday

On Ash Wednesday I joined with Lay Employees from Leeds and West Yorkshire Districts at Hebden Bridge Methodist Church as we shared a Quiet Day together. It being the first day of Lent, we looked at ways of deepening our prayer life, especially with the traditional Lent themes of penitence and forgiveness.


In Sheffield I spent a fascinating day at Parson's Cross. After sharing prayer and a Quiet Space at The Cross at Yew Lane, the District Chair and I got creative in their Art Therapy Room, where I tried my hand at felting. Though I say it myself, I produced a fabulous vibrant sunset picture. I can't wait to try it again.
Then it was off to Mount Tabor Methodist Church, of the inspiring Parson's Cross Initiative where we took part in a 'What makes a Good Society' discussion, and produced some more ideas to post on the wall with some they already had.

On the Sunday I preached at Bakewell Methodist Church and in the evening at Chesterfield; a District Celebration on the Ministry of the Whole People of God. A subject dear to my heart.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015


This was my visit to the York and Hull District but it was all spent in Hull. Saturday saw us at  preachers' breakfast (always good to meet other local preachers!) This was followed by a wonderful event in Hull City Hall - 'Methodists believe in Hull'. About 500 people crowded in to share worship and to see demonstrations from all that varied things Methodists are doing in this area, including Christians against Poverty, Foodbanks, Motorvation motor vehicle training, Nite Church, Orts women's support group and much more.

 This picture is the day-long Messy Church who led our worship at lunch time.
On Saturday night we went out with the Hull Street Angels. I am full of admiration for the people who do this work, offering practical and caring support to any who need it.

A packed programme also included a delightful afternoon tea with the residents of Willersley House MHA.