At the Methodist Conference 2017: elected as President of the Conference was the Rev. Loraine Mellor and as Vice-President, Jill Baker. Those designated to follow them in 2018 are the Rev. Michaela Youngson and Bala Gnanapragasam.
Epworth Old Rectory (birthplace of John Wesley) has recently celebrated the 60th anniversary of the building being open to the public.
We welcome to neighbouring St Cuthbert’s Church a new Curate: Rev. Shahriar Ashrafkhorasani.
Those who frequent Central Methodist’s Olive Grove Coffee Bar will tell you that the Minister, Sue Griffiths, was married on Saturday, 26th August. She will be moving on to a new appointment in the summer of 2018, after 8 years at Central.
If ever you’re planning a summer visit Norfolk there’s an Open Churches Week in early August each year, with over 600 historic churches waiting to welcome visitors. You may be surprised and delighted at what you find – including special exhibitions and the opportunity of climbing to the tops of innumerable towers.
Meanwhile, neighbouring Suffolk is developing a series of Angels & Pinnacles trails, helping you plan ‘unforgettable days out around some most amazing churches.’ For details visit the new website at www.angelsandpinnacles.org.uk For those not familiar with East Anglia’s heritage of churches: the Middle Ages were a time of great prosperity, based on wool production and its export to Europe,- especially to the ports of the Hanseatic League. Local ‘wool barons’ expended large amounts of their money on local churches, turning them into mini-cathedrals and the quality of the workmanship truly has to be seen to be believed.
Other folks’ magazines and weekly news sheets have come from Acomb Parish, York; All Saints, Walcott, Norfolk; Anchorsholme Methodist Church, Blackpool; Bramford Methodist Church, Ipswich, Suffolk; Central Methodist Church, Preston; Christ Church, Fulwood; Church Road Methodist Church, St Annes; Exeter Cathedral; the churches of St Mary, Redlynch & St Birinus, Morgans Vale (Salisbury area); Fulwood URC; Haxby Methodist Church, York; Heartsease Lane Methodist Church, Norwich; Highcliffe Methodist Church, Dorset; Ingol Methodist Church; the Isles of Scilly Methodist Circuit; St Andrew’s, Trowse, Norwich; St Leonard’s, Penwortham; Oakworth Methodist Church (Worth Valley); Our Lady & St Edward’s RC Church, Fulwood; Rhuddlan Parish & Community, N. Wales; St Giles & St Nicholas, Sidmouth; St Mary’s, Troston, Suffolk; St Michael’s, Teignmouth; St Nicholas’s, North Walsham, Norfolk; St Paul’s, Warton; St Peter’s, Great Livermere, Suffolk; St Peter & St Paul’s, Salle (pronounced ‘Saul’), Norfolk. There was also an order of service for an Ordination of Deacons at Durham Cathedral and community magazines from Lostock Hall, the Great Eccleston area and from Trowse Village, Norwich. We also had 6 from France: Arras Cathedral; St John Baptist, Arras; Limoges Cathedral; Notre Dame de Rocamadour; Sarlat (Dordogne) and the Parish of St Pierre in the Loire Valley, covering the villages of Behouard, Epire, La Possonniere & Savennieres – and just to show how small the world appears to be sometimes, Dorothy & I know a French family who live in La Possonniere!