The Methodist Conference has elected the Revd Dr Barbara Glasson to serve as President
The Methodist Conference has elected the Revd Dr Barbara Glasson to serve as President and Professor Clive Marsh to serve as Vice-President, starting their year of office when the Representative Session of the Methodist Conference meets in Birmingham next year. Barbara is the wife of the Revd David Glasson, one of the Mid Derbyshire Circuit’s Supernumerary Ministers. Please hold Barbara and David in your prayers, along with Clive Marsh, as Barbara and Clive prepare for their year as President and Vice-President and as they serve the Methodist Church in these demanding roles during 2019/2020.
Barbara’s ministry with the Bread Church working with diverse people in Liverpool, Touchstone, a Methodist interfaith project in Bradford, and with people who have experienced abuse following the Past Cases Review, shows her work with 'prophetic communities for transformation'.
The Revd Glasson said: "It is a privilege to be elected to serve as President. My interest is in enabling and honouring Connexional communities that are courageous and rooted in prayer. God is transforming the old and calling us into new things that are a joyful outcome of our Methodist inheritance. I believe that if the Church is authentic and inclusive it will also grow numerically and spiritually.”
Professor Clive Marsh’s 35 years as a Methodist has shaped his work profoundly. He has sought to help people think creatively about how faith, life and popular culture interweave, and what happens to theology as a result.
Clive has taught in theological colleges and universities and is currently Head of the University of Leicester’s Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning and an International Research Consultant at the Queen’s Foundation. He is a church member, local preacher and tutor in the Leicester Trinity Circuit. Clive was also Faith and Order Committee Secretary from 2000-2007.
On hearing of his election, he said: "It is an honour to be elected Vice-President. I have a deep commitment to encouraging others in learning, no matter what their stage of life or what previous experience they have. My calling as a Methodist leads me to prompt people to think creatively about their life experience and the world around them, in developing a practical, theologically-informed faith.”
The role of President of the Methodist Conference is reserved for presbyters and that of Vice-President for lay people or Deacons.
It was wonderful to celebrate Harvest together as a new church and to welcome the school children and their families, who obviously enjoyed their time with us as much as we enjoyed having them.
Thank you for all the gifts of food. A car load of tinned and packet food went to the Food Bank and was very gratefully received by ‘Church in the Peak’ who work hard delivering about 50 food bags to families each week. Several bags also went to ‘Church on the Bus’ via Keith Bamford.
The Food Bank needs a constant supply of food, particularly tinned meat and tinned vegetables so please continue to put items in the box in church or directly into the collection boxes in Matlock e.g. in Sainsbury’s, the Library, County Offices, Imperial Rooms.
Thank you to the team who organised the Harvest Supper which was enjoyed by all. Particular thanks to Paul (Vern) Johnson for entertaining us so well.
As a result of harvest collections, sale of jams/marmalade, harvest produce and profit from the harvest supper we have been able to send £475 to ‘All We Can’ which is a very pleasing total. If you are interested in continuing to support ‘All We Can’ their main appeal at the moment is for the Rohingya Refugee Crisis. There are also Christmas Gifts catalogues available at the back of the church which contain a range of life-changing gifts e.g. £10 could provide 10 chickens to kick-start a family business in Zimbabwe, £41 could supply sheep to a farmer in a poor community in Ethiopia and £76 could provide poor marginalised women in Nepal with the ability to start two coffee nurseries. A letter of thanks from All We Can is on the noticeboard.