In response to the enquiry in our previous issue, Veronica Frost reports several more pieces of useful ‘rehab.’ equipment – in the possession of FMC members - being added to her list. Make that the first port of call before spending money!!
As a result of deliberations at this year’s Methodist Conference, Rev Richard Teal – who has been Chair of the Cumbria District since 2008 – was elected President-Designate for the Conference of 2020 and Carolyn Lawrence was elected Vice-president Designate.
For anyone particularly interested in long-distance walks, you might like to consider the newly-established North Wales Pilgrim’s Way. It’s way-marked and covers 135 miles. It begins at Basingwerk Abbey, Greenfield, on the edge of the Dee estuary, not far from Holywell. You can collect a Pilgrim’s Passport from the Visitor Centre at the start of the route and stamp it to record your pilgrimage at churches along the way as you head for Bardsey Island, off Aberdaron at the tip of the Lleyn Peninsula.
For those who would like to take in a few hills along the way there’s an alternative section (the Slate Route I think it’s called) which turns inland from Bangor and goes via Llanberis and Penygroes before joining the ‘lowland’ route again at Clynnog Fawr. For more information go to www.pilgrims-way-north-wales.org
We welcome Christ Church’s new curate, Liz McLean and her husband Aaron to the neighbourhood.
Other folks’ magazines and weekly news sheets have arrived from St. Asaph Cathedral, N. Wales; St. Beuno’s, Llanycil, Bala, N. Wales (home of the ‘Mary Jones World’ exhibition); St Mary’s, Bideford, Devon; Brahma Road Methodist Church, Ipswich; Central Methodist Church, Preston; St George’s, Duster, Somerset; Christ Church, Fulwood; Fulwood URC; the Benefice of Wholemeal, Richmond, N. Yorks.; Isles of Scilly Methodist Circuit; St John’s Methodist Church, Llandudno; St Margaret’s (‘The Marble Church’), Bodelwyddan, N. Wales; Lavington URC, Bideford; Oakworth Methodist Church, Keighley; Penistone & Thurlstone Team Ministry which links the parishes of Carlecotes, Midhope, Oxspring, Penistone & Thurlstone; Penwortham St Leonard’s; Two Valleys Parish News (for Cartmel Fell, Crook, Crosthwaite, Helsington, Underbarrow, Winster & Witherslack in the S. Lakes area); Warton St Paul’s and the Wesley Church Centre, Chester.
John & Linda Butterworth returned from holiday in Brittany with a treasure trove of church notices and publicity brochures – some of them in English: Dol de Bretagne – St Samson Cathedral; Fouesnant les Glenan; Josselin – Basilica Notre Dame du Roncier (Our Lady of the Brambles); Malestroit – St Gilles; a group of 7 parishes centred on Ploermel; Quimper – St Corentin and Tregastel - St Anne.
On a regular basis we also receive a copy of the magazine from our twinned Evangelisch-methodistische Kirke in Recklinghausen, Germany.
We thank everyone for taking the trouble to keep us well supplied.
Roy Smith (Editor)