As inevitably happens at the start of a Methodist Connexional year there have been several changes to the team.
We have said goodbye to Rev Patrick Taylor, who has retired and is moving on to pastures new. Due to the Coronavirus lockdown restrictions a socially distanced “bring your own coffee” coffee morning was held to say goodbye, with members of all his three churches – Christ Church, Northowram and Heywood URC attending. We thank Patrick for his time spent in the Circuit and wish him a long and happy retirement, hoping he keeps in touch to tell us of his adventures in South America.
We have also said goodbye to Deacon Bob Stoner and his wife Mandy who have served in Todmorden. They have moved to Glasgow to carry on God’s work there and we wish them both well in this next step of their journey. Though how the Glaswegian scenery will compare to that of the Upper Calder Valley is anybody’s guess.
We have no fresh faces in the Circuit this year but there has been some movement. Rev Colin Sherwood has now taken over pastoral care of Christ Church LEP and Northowram in addition to his other three churches – Bethesda, Mount Tabor and Southgate. Colin will be assisted by Pamela Hales who, for the past three years has been the Lay Pastor at Clifton. She now becomes the Lay Pastor of Bethesda and Northowram.
In addition to these changes Supernumerary Ministers Rev David Briggs and Rev Graham Smith have become Pastoral Assistants for Clifton and St. Matthew’s LEP respectively.
We wish all these people well in their new roles and carry them in our prayers.