Saturday, 15 November 2014

3 Generate

I have just spent an energetic and exciting day with over 250 children and young people at 3-Generate!
Sadly, there were many more young people who wanted to come than there were spaces available, so they had to be turned away.
Perhaps the Methodist Church should make funds available to provide two 3-Generate events per year. Young people are our future.

Queens

During our joint visit to Queens I had the privilege of getting to know some of the international students. I met students on the MA leadership course from Sri Lanka, Kenya, Zambia and Sierra Leone. It was interesting to find out about some of the problems joys and challenges their home churches face, and to hear their impression of British Methodism!

Sunday, 9 November 2014

My Church (2)

Here we all are on our weekend away at Grange-over-Sands.  We looked at our understanding of the universe and the interconnectedness of all creation. Activities included discussion, prayer writing, banner making, Bible study and dance. It was good to spend time with one another, and learn and pray together.

Dial Park Primary School

When my local primary School found out that I had been elected as Vice-President they invited me to take an assembly to tell them all about it.
I told them the story of John Wesley, from his being rescued from a fire as a small boy, to his warmed heart, his travels on horseback, and the first Methodist Conference.
I explained that I was carrying on in this tradition, travelling the country to spread the message of God's love, only this time, not on horseback!

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Remembrance


Here is the window display at Methodist Church House for Remembrance Day. The message reads 'Peace is not just the end of conflict - it involves establishing justice and building trust'. There is an invitation to anyone to come inside and take a free copy of St John's Gospel; a replica of the ones distributed to the troops in World War 1.
Many thanks to all those who contributed to the setting up of the display.
The President of the Methodist Conference, the Rev Ken Howcroft will be representing the Methodist Church at the Cenotaph service tomorrow, November 9th.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Beds, Essex and Herts 18th-20th October

North Weald minister Jason Askew, self and Chair of District Anne Brown




















The President and I visited Beds, Essex and Herts on a weekend visit. We were part of a District wide Local Preacher/Worship Leader study day on the Saturday which was challengingly entitled 'Cutting Edge Worship'! The president led workshops on new ways of praying, and mine was on preaching to 21st century congregations.
 My thanks to all who engaged with this subject and provided such stimulating discussions!

I was privileged to preach at the re-dedication of North Weald Methodist Church after some extensive refurbishment. The church has been transformed and is ready 'to serve the present age' in their village.

Gloucestershire circuit

October 10-11 saw me visiting the Gloucestershire circuit, where some local preachers and I shared in a Quiet Day. We were in the lovely little chapel at May Hill, deep in the Gloucestershire countryside and surrounded by stunning views. We were delighted when a reporter arrived to do a report on our small gathering for the local newspaper!
On the Sunday, members of the newly refurbished Cinderford Methodist Church and I shared in the leading of worship. One exciting part was the prayer table, which gave us images and ideas to create our own intercessions.