News from the Circuit and Beyond
Support for Christian Aid in Congleton
We can’t compete with Revd Ian Enticott (aged 61) Rector of the Congleton Parish and his Treasurer Mike Laurence (aged 78) who ran round the Congleton Parish boundary on Ascension Day, covering 17.33 miles, and raising £3,138 for Christian Aid.
However, Cath Lilley and Dennis Wood, supported by Enid & Neil Munro, did a 10 mile sponsored walk for Christian Aid from Buglawton to Timbersbrook, over The Cloud, to Bosley and back. In total we raised £410 including Gift Aid for the charity.
Despite the weather, mist on The Cloud, and umbrellas up when we ate our lunch at Bosley Chapel, it was a highly enjoyable walk.
Trinity Brownies at work
During the first part of the year Trinity Brownies often had to meet on Zoom. This is still a little different from normal but allowed us to have meetings that would not have been possible in person.
We had a pet show where everybody introduced their pet (alive or a stuffed toy). There were prizes given out for sparkliest unicorn and cuddliest guinea pig (amongst other things) and we certainly couldn't have had all the dogs and the cats in the church hall!
We have worked to earn our baking badge which was a lot of fun - we made cakes and decorated them to illustrate a story (see photos of one home cook). We have also done crafts.
Rev. Nic Ordained
Our own Rev. Nic Langton-Miller was welcomed into Full Connexion and Ordination at a service in the Central Hall Methodist Church, Walsall, on 27th June. For our Superintendent Minister, Rev Yvonne, "it was a wonderful experience to attend the Ordination with her family and to meet her as she came out of the hall afterwards. Such a joyous occasion."
For a description of all that took place during the service, and some appreciation of the significance of it, see the Order of Service on the web site of the Methodist Church of Great Britain."
Methodist Conference 2021 -- Decisions and Debates
This year, Conference made a wide range of decisions on, e.g.
and debated, amongst other things:
See the official 'digest' of the proceedings.
Story of a Fascinating Gravestone
Behind the headstones in a graveyard are many stories, most forgotten and beyond recall. There is a headstone in Bosley St Mary's Church yard, near the path as you walk from the Church to the main gate. "Asleep in Jesus; M H Brassington, Wesleyan Minister, Queensland; died 10th March 1894, in his 26th year".
I have often wondered what his story was. None of the local Methodist families [who go back several generations] seemed to know anything about him. I presumed he was a bachelor with a local connection who had died in his prime.
A few weeks ago we had a surprise email, via the Circuit Office, from his great grandson, Mark Greenwood, who has been researching his ancestors. M H Brassington certainly had a story! The following is an abridged version of what Mark could tell us.