Reporting – June 2019

Dear Friends,

A big thank you to Kath Fraser who oversaw the hosting of Synod and to all who helped with the preparations and the running of the day.  It was a lot of hard work for those involved but all went well.  It was good to see our Chair of District, the Rev’d Ian Howarth, recovered from surgery and leading the day.  We welcomed seven visitors from the Methodist District in Zimbabwe with which we are twinned, voted to send a number of memorials to Conference including one from our own Circuit on Tax Justice, heard reports on various works within the District, learned more about the report on marriage and relationships which is to be presented to Conference and discussed issues of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).  Conference will be held in Birmingham this year and the reports to be discussed can be found on the Methodist Church website.

Thank you also to those of you involved in facilitating the Phillip Dyson Concert on 25th May.  This was a memorial concert in memory of one of our much appreciated Local Preachers Brian Atkins, in aid of The Buigiri School for the Blind, Tanzania.  The magnificent sum of £2000 was raised at the concert.

I encourage you to attend the Climate Action Day on 22nd June, at Stratford Methodist Church Centre between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.   Spread the word about the event.  There will be workshops, a green fair with some two dozen exhibitors and a lecture from Dr Lisa Schipper from the Climate Change Institute in Oxford.

I will be starting a new fortnightly fellowship group at Bidford called ‘Bible Matters’.  The first meeting is on Thursday 11th July at 2.30pm.  The members at Bidford would welcome people from the Circuit to attend.

A couple of months ago I announced that we would be losing our Networker. Our Church Council decided that the role of Networker be divided into two jobs. One job would focus on the work of the Wesleys Toddler group and the other the outreach work of the church.  I am pleased to say that Mrs Naomi Cavanagh, has been appointed to the role of Wesleys Coordinator.  We will seek to appoint an outreach worker later in the year.

Please remember to put in your diary the united Circuit service to be held at our church to mark the ending of the Stratford and Evesham Circuit.  It will be held on 21st July at our normal time for worship – 10.30 am.  As people will be coming from our other seven churches I would ask you to consider sharing transport on that Sunday.  The service will be followed by a picnic lunch.

Kind regards