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Currently our minister is Rev Anne Smith. If you want to contact Anne her telephone number is 01527-570437 or you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
It is a new beginning for us as we come to the Bromsgrove and Redditch Circuit and particularly to Catshill and Bournheath so I thought I would write a little about us. Although born in a Birmingham hospital I regard myself as a Black Country girl as I was brought up in Netherton, Dudley. I attended Dudley Girls’ High School before going off to Southlands Training College. It was on teaching practise that I met my first husband, Paul.?>
We married in 1975 and settled in Leatherhead, Surrey and I taught in Epsom and later Leatherhead. We had two boys, John, now working in the theatre and married to Gemma, and David resident in Grimsby with his wife Inga and son Paul born in January 2013.
It was in my mid thirties that the call to presbyteral ministry became acute and I candidated. We all went off to Wesley College, Bristol for 2 years after which we were sent to the Elland and Greetland Circuit in West Yorkshire. It was there that Paul died of a heart complaint just before I was ordained. My mother spent much time with us in Elland thus enabling me to continue my ministry.
I went to Worcester in 2000 and the friendship between Jim and I developed. We had known each other for many years as we were brought up in the same Methodist church. We married in April 2004. He is a great blessing to me, not just personally but in my role as minister. He is a Local Preacher looks forward to getting to know the churches in a new Circuit. Jim is retired having worked for Lucas in research into batteries and fuel cells for the automotive and aerospace industries. Not only did I gain a husband but another son, Richard, who now lives in Halesowen and works for the Probation Service.
I believe it is a great privilege to serve in ministry in the Methodist Church. As to hobbies we both enjoy music, reading, films and for myself I would add cooking and knitting. I’m hoping to get back to swimming regularly, which I have failed to do in recent years.
I also dabble with writing, from dialogues to be used in drama (with my son John then casting his dramatic eye over them), to the occasional hymn, to imaginary thoughts of Bible characters. Maybe one day I’ll gather some of them together.
We do look forward to our new Circuit. I hope that we can grow together, learn from one another and share our strengths in order that we may better serve the Kingdom.
Thank you to you all for the cards and lovely flowers on the 25th Anniversary of my Ordination and also cards for my birthday. I love flowers and enjoy them greatly.
One of the joys of coming to Church is to see the flowers on the Communion table. For me they are an important part of worship. Why? you might ask. So, I thought I would tell you.
First there is the testimony they give to the Creator God. There is such variety of colour (the greenery within which they are displayed is beautiful too – how many different shades of green are apparent there?) and form and size. It doesn’t matter whether they are bought from flower shop or supermarket or culled from the garden or whether they cost £1 or 20 they witness to the extravagant generosity of our God who we meet to worship.
Then there is the generosity of provider – again the cost is irrelevant – someone has taken the trouble to see that the church is resplendent with nature’s offering. Sometimes the one who pays the bill is not the one who arranges them, again an example of how different parts of the body of Christ work together. Arranging the flowers can be a time of prayer, giving thanks for the flowers, praying for the worship and the individuals who may receive them when Sunday is over.
And finally, there are the people who receive them. Sometimes they may be given in gratitude to the person who has led the service. However perhaps more often they go to those who are celebrating a life event, a special birthday or other celebration or to someone who is ill in body, mind or spirit. Then they may go to someone who can no longer come to church – thus reminding them that they are still members of a worshipping community. I have often been told when I have visited people how pleased they were to receive the flowers and how much it meant to know they were remembered.
The ministry of flowers is one we often take for granted or ignore yet it involves many people using their gifts, talents and money in stewardship within the Church and I believe is an important ministry. If you feel called to join in this ministry by offering to provide flowers for worship please have a word with Jan Martin because the more the merrier and if you know someone who would be blessed by receiving flowers please do let us know.