Kingsfold Methodist Church
Editor: Peter Dugdale
Kingsfold Methodist Church Magazine
Many Thanks Ladies
The Rev Katharine’s final service at Kingsfold on August 26 was not going to be a one of sad good-byes, rather we preferred to use the opportunity to say a massive “thank you” to Katharine for her devotion to our church, her love and support for its congregation and her ministry in the church and Kingsfold neighbourhood.
Following the service, Katharine was presented with gifts of a scarf as she is rarely seen without one - an artwork by Hannah Dunnett entitled ‘Bread of Life’ – an artist whose work Katharine admires, a bouquet of flowers and a Thank You card signed by the congregation. A buffet lunch was then enjoyed by everyone in the Youth Hall. Thank you Julie for the beautiful celebration cakes you made – in particular the ‘frog’ cake. In case anyone isn’t aware, Katharine’s garden is inundated with a plague of frogs each Spring, following frogspawn in her pond!
It was quite an emotional morning, however, as Katharine has been with us for eight years and is well loved. As she moves on to her new ministry, taking care of her flock in Longton, New Longton and Hoole, we wish her all the very best for the future, and we pray that God’s Blessings will always be with her and her family. Please visit us when you can, Katharine.
Flowers were presented to Jackie Hardacre, who has retired from stewarding duties. Thank you Jackie for your support for the team, and love and commitment to the worship at Kingsfold. We all wish you well. Thank you to Karen and Val for their support over the past year as I step down from first contact steward and hand over to Karen. Also welcome Carole to the stewarding team.
Love and Blessings to you all. Gill Rimmer
More about the Minister
Another big surprise was awaiting our Kingsfold representatives at the latest Preston Ribble Circuit Meeting. Hot on the heels of the news that our new minister, Mark, would only be with us for a year because of his promotion to Chair of the Scotland and Shetland Districts, we have now learnt that his successor will not exactly be what we were expecting.
Only a month or so before, we were told that our next minister, whoever that might be, would also be the circuit superintendent – the leader of the 13-church circuit - just like Mark is now.
However, when the circuit stewards came to draw up their official request for his eventual replacement in 2019, a new alternative became a possibility, from a minister already in the circuit.
As a consequence, a further arrangement was proposed, and agreed at circuit level, with the Rev Jane Wild, of Fulwood Methodist, becoming superintendent minister next year while staying on at Fulwood.
To do this, Jane would have to relinquish her other, smaller, church at Longridge, which would then be linked with the circuit’s other big church at Bamber Bridge, and Trinity Gregson Lane would be transferred to our Penwortham/Kingsfold section, with an “ordinary” ordained minister.
already reported, the current minister at Bamber Bridge, the Rev Andrew Webb, will
also be leaving next year after five years, so the circuit will be looking for
two new ministers at a time when there is a national shortage in the ministry.
And more about Nicky
Our new Children’s, Youth and Community Worker, Nicky Gleeson, will be working between Kingsfold, Penwortham, Bamber Bridge and Trinity Gregson Lane Methodist Churches. Here’s what she says about herself:
We have a saying in Ireland, where I come from, that a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet. I like that. it applies to my sense of community and togetherness. That is a huge part of why I chose to be a Methodist - everyone is welcome. I like how it also drops the ‘us and them’ barrier thinking.
So Friend, we journey together awhile. I give a piece of my story to you in the hopes that you are a little more encouraged in your faith journey. Life for me in a small village on the outskirts of Dublin was a mixed bag of adventure, disaster, mistakes, apologies, misunderstandings, forgiveness and belonging and to go into detail would result in a book not a letter.
When I was 10, at this time in Ireland, life was full of religious Do’s and Dont’s. So, my pursuit of a real live relationship with God became one of adventure, bravery, loneliness, rebellion, and breaking stereotypes. I chose Christ and am spending a life-time figuring what that means. My faith development and out-working/expression of that sent me into youth work because I believe young people have a clear understanding of the world and need to voice that to those around them. That took me into different churches/groups ie Presbyterian, Methodist, Youth for Christ South Africa, Habitat for Humanity, COE, COW, and a mixture of free churches. I got to build houses in Africa, and work in peace and reconciliation for Northern Ireland.
specifically of all, what my faith and expression of God’s love for me has
done, is be privileged to see lives affected by God, seeing people of ALL ages
grow in love with themselves and the world around them. So go on, be your awesome self. I hope you
seek Christ in all and all will be well. Nicky Gleeson
More than 30 gifts from our Harvest Festival went out to the sick and elderly after the two services. Thank you to all who contributed to such a lovely display and took them out afterwards. The rest of the food was given to this year’s church charity, the Fox Street Night Shelter. Chief executive Steve Etherington, of Methodist Action North West, which runs the work there, gave an address on their much-valued care set-up at the evening service.
The service was delightfully arranged and run by our own church stewards as a “Harvest Songs of Praise”.
Why Fox Street Needs You
This year’s choice for Kingsfold’s local charity is the Fox Street Night Shelter. The following article underlines why we have chosen it:
This time last year Methodist Action North West were very concerned about the future provision at Fox Street, where we offer supported accommodation to 20 homeless men. A large government grant had recently been stopped and nationwide many providers were in financial difficulty. Indeed we now know that some have had to close their doors.
We asked for your help so that our work could continue. Many individuals, organisations and churches generously came to our assistance. We are delighted to confirm that the work at Fox Street has continued with over 95% occupancy in the past 12 months, as the problem of homelessness continues to rise. That stability has enabled us to maximise income from the very limited government funding which remains available.
We are truly grateful to announce that provision at Fox Street has been secured for the next funding period, so long as we receive a similar level of donations and other gifts as in the recent past. If you can continue to help us we will be greatly encouraged.
Many of you will know that, in addition to Fox Street, Methodist Action also operates a scheme called “A Place to Live”. It is a way by which currently we support about 400 individuals or in family groups, to live, to stay and to grow independently. Many have been Fox Street residents (move-on is a vital part of our work) and even more have been prevented from needing the specialist facility at Fox Street because of their vulnerability.
Our priority always has been, and
will remain, the provision at Fox Street. All donations to MANW are directed to
the Fox Street enterprise (unless otherwise requested) and the more secure its
funding becomes, from regular sources of income including donations, the more
it will be possible to grow “A Place to Live” to meet need in other places in
Sarah Carrick, Communications & Fundraising Coordinator
Friends of Kenya’s Children(FKC): It is always good to hear a good news story and Austin’s story comes into that catergory. Austin is the eldest of eight children and when his parents died and other relatives took care of the younger ones, he would have been out on a limb if he had not been able to join the orphaned children’s group at Champions Preparatory School, and he proved a really good pupil. At one time it seemed he would have to return home to take charge of his younger sibilings. However, these problems were overcome and he was able to go on to high school and then start a university course, thanks to a sponsor.
Austin has now written to that person saying “Your support is a great treasure in my life. My lifelong dream of attending medical school is moving forward and this chance gives me the opportunity to learn skills that will benefit the whole medical community. My passion for medicine is matched only by my love for the children of Lodwar”.
One of the issues which comes up at the end of the Kenyan school year involves the high school funding of those pupils who are eligible and wish to go on to high school. This does not cause a problem for those whose parents have been paying the school fees as they can usually afford the outlay, but for the boarders, who come from Lodwar in the north and are predominantly orphans, FKC attempts to find the money.
Up to this year sponsors have
always been found but FKC is uncertain whether the six sponsors needed will
come forward for 2018/19. High school fees amount to £1,000 per year for four
years, which is not a vast amount when one considers it covers bed and full
board, school uniform and all the other things teenagers need for school. The
pupils in need of sponsorship are, with one exception, all girls; if they do
not get into high school they will all probably return to their home villages
in Lodwar where the boy might get a decent job, if armed with a good pass mark
from his primary education, but the girls are likely to be married off when
they are far too young and with scant regard for their own wishes. So FKC asks
any individual, church, family or club to consider whether they could join
together and provide sponsorship for one of these children. If there is anyone
or any family or other group of people at Kingsfold who could do this please
get in touch with me.