Kingsfold Methodist Church
Musings From The Manse
July - August
As this oddest of years continues, we find ourselves in July! July for Methodists is Conference season, when Methodists from all over the country, and indeed, all over the world, meet together to discuss what is important to us. This year was very strange, as Conference met on Zoom, with delegates in their own studies, dining rooms and gardens.
Every year the church elects a President of Conference, and this year the chosen person is Rev Richard Teal. I was pleased that Richard was elected, because one of the first things he did as a new probationer minister was to marry a Mr Barry Titterton to a Miss Janet Wakefield – way back in September 1983. That’s my claim to fame this year!
Richard’s Presidential address spoke of the odd times we are living through, and described it as a time of dis-orientation – a time of not knowing where we are going or what is normal any more. But he also reminded us of the last words of John Wesley: “Best of all is, God is with us.”
We all hope that life might soon return to some kind of normal, sooner rather than later. We are all looking forward to being able to meet once again for worship and fellowship. That may take a few weeks or months yet. We don’t know. But what we do know is, whatever happens, God is with us.
You all remain in my thoughts and prayers, and most of all I pray that – until we meet again – may the best thing of all be to know that “God is with us.”
With my love.