At Ministerial Synod last month I requested permission to ‘sit down’ which is the quaint Methodist way of saying ‘retire’. Synod agreed and I leave the Circuit at the end of July to move back to our home in Wales. So as I write this last letter for the magazine, I am reminded of the faithfulness of God and know that the work I have been given to do in this place is nearing completion.
I came to the Delamere Forest Circuit to try to fulfil the role of Superintendent Minister and care for two congregations which were very different in many ways. On my minister’s profile, I described my style of ministry as people-centred and collaborative – preferring to work as part of a team but able to take the lead when necessary. I added that I was open to change and willing to experiment with new or different ways of 'being church'. As I read this I am amazed that I knew myself so well. After eight years, despite changing and growing in many ways I hope this description still fits.
But before I go, I look forward to another busy time as summer approaches with an opportunity to celebrate H. M. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June. Then the Olympics in July and August and the Olympic Torch will pass through Chester on 29th May and near Frodsham on 30th. There will also be a concert by Equinox with a Strawberry Supper so please ensure you have a ticket. The Manor House School are coming up to Church for an ‘Infant Wedding’ on the morning of the 17th July and you are invited to attend this wonderful event.
There will also be a Circuit Celebration and Farewell on the afternoon of 29th July, 2012, and will be the last Circuit Service for the Delamere Forest Circuit. It will be a family friendly event beginning at 4.30pm with messy crafts, moving into the Church for worship at 5.15pm and then food in the Church Hall at 6pm. This will be my last service in the Circuit and my leaving ‘do’. You are welcome to attend all or part of the celebration - it will be very informal.
It has been a joy and a delight to be part of this Church and to live in Frodsham and I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers in the months to come.
Yours in Christ,
Written by the Minister & Members