Press Release

The Methodist Church today released the following statement………………….

News Release

28 August 2013

Churches release statement on Syria

Leaders from the Methodist Church in Britain, the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the United Reformed Church have released the following statement on the crisis in Syria:


“At this time of challenge and uncertainty we pray for the people of Syria, thinking especially of those who have suffered or died as a result of an apparent use of chemical weapons near Damascus. We also pray for wisdom and discernment from political leaders in Britain and other nations. We urge them to take time for careful consideration and resist hasty response. Syria has experienced a cycle of violence for too long. We pray that our nation’s response will be guided by the desire to achieve peace and urge our leaders to work with as wide as possible a range of regional partners and with the United Nations.”

The Revd Ruth Gee, President of the Methodist Conference

The Revd Stephen Keyworth, Faith and Society Team Leader, Baptist Union of Great Britain

The Revd Dr Michael Jagessar, Moderator of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church


The three Churches have also drawn attention to the 27 August statement from the World Council of Churches (WCC) condemning the use of chemical weapons and calling on UN to fulfil its responsibility to protect Syrians. See the WCC statement here.


A prayer written by the Revd Ruth Gee, President of the Methodist Conference:


Gracious God,

We pray for all those who suffer from violence;

May they know your healing and peace.

We pray for those who have died and those who are bereaved;

May they be comforted and sustained by your love.

We pray for political leaders in Britain and across the world;

May they seek wisdom and work together for peace.

May your kingdom come, your will be done

And the earth be filled with your glory.


Karen Burke Acting Lead Media Officer Methodist Church House 25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR T 0207 467 5208 F 020 7467 5229 E




The Church of the future

This came into m emails today from a local Pastor
               is it the way forward for the Church? 
                  I really hope not, because it removes all human interaction and I believe Jesus came to create community.


PASTOR: "Praise the Lord!" 

CONGREGATION: "Hallelujah!" 

PASTOR: "Will everyone please turn on their tablet, PC, iPad, smart phone,
and Kindle Bibles to 1 Corinthians 13:13. And please switch on your
Bluetooth to download the sermon." 


"Now, let us pray committing this week into God's hands. Open your Apps,
BBM, Twitter and Facebook, and chat with God" 


"As we take our tithes and offerings, please have your credit and debit
cards ready." 

"Please log on to the church wi-fi using the password 'Lord909887. ' " 

"Please use your iPad to make your electronic fund transfers directly to the
church account.  Or if you prefer, the ushers will circulate mobile card
swipe machines among the pews. If you forgot to bring an electronic device,
you are directed to computers and laptops at the rear of the church. Those
who prefer telephone banking, take out your cellphones to transfer your
contributions to the church account."

The holy atmosphere of the Church becomes truly electrified as ALL the smart
phones, iPads, PCs and laptops beep and flicker! 

Final Blessing and Closing Announcements: "This week's ministry cell
meetings will be held on the various Facebook group pages where the usual
group chatting takes place. Please log in and don't miss out. Thursday's
Bible study will be held live on Skype at 1900hrs GMT. Please don't miss
out. You can follow your Pastor on Twitter this weekend for counseling and
prayers. God bless you and have a nice day.


It’s not a great photo; I look miserable, wonderful double chin! But here I am just before setting out for the football at Burton Albion yesterday.

We have arrived in the new manse, surrounded by packing cases, some opened others not, total chaos but have met the neighbours, begun to organise a christening and returned a gorgeous looking husky to its owners after it had arrived in our garden! Excitement abounds.

the removal was stressful but the removal firm worked hard but a little over enthusiastically; every time we turned around something else had been packed away, including my iPad (while I was using it). Various items have already been returned to the Blackwell Manse that shouldn’t have arrived here. Now found the hover mower so that will have to go back, but still haven’t found the doorbell! Ironically all these were labelled “do not remove”

So now we’re here. We’ll settle and sort out eventually, but we’ll never lose our love of Blackwell as a village nor Borders Mission as a circuit and they will always be in our prayers.


“Thanks for making me believe again”

Well, the day has finally arrived; its 12:17 and in under 9 hours the removal men from Pickfords should be arriving to start packing and loading into the van. Tomorrow will be a day of upheaval as the house is slowly packed away into boxes and then loaded into the van. They’ve promised to leave us just enough to be comfortable tomorrow night and then they’ll be back on Thursday morning to finish and transport us to Burton upon Trent.

RIVER TRENT AT BURTON UPON TRENT (Photo credit: hazelisles)

Our journey with Borders Mission Methodist Circuit is over and we now start looking towards a new Circuit on September 1st, Trent and Dove Circuit, an amalgamation of the former Burton upon Trent circuit centering on Burton and the Dove Valley Circuit centering on Uttoxeter.

My farewell, which I covered in my previous blog entry, was fairly spectacular and has reminded me of how popular I am, but also perhaps that I`m not a bad Minister as well. Confirmation of that came today when a lady from the village who has previously had a bad experience with clergy hugged me and whispered in my ear “Thanks for making me believe again!” I walked out of the door and in my mind punched the air and shouted “RESULT!” Perhaps my job here has simply been to get Borders Mission Circuit under way and at the same time persuade those who were disillusioned that not all Christians are stuffy, stick in the muds; that clergy can have a sense of humour as well; that we are ordinary people with an extra-ordinary job and that we-re privileged to be doing that job for God.

Thanks for making me believe again” Ministry brings with it a lot of hassle, grief, misunderstanding, criticism and it becomes very easy to dwell on the difficulties, but to hear one comment like that makes everything worthwhile.

Thanks for making me believe again” is after all what I came into the Ministry for. I don’t believe that God called me to shuffle papers, but that He called me to spread the good news of His Kingdom and that is the greatest privilege of them all. The God who stepped out of the glory of Heaven, became a vulnerable little baby at the mercy of those He had originally created, walked with outcasts, talked with the lowest of the low and the highest of the high and treat them alike; the God who in Jesus went to the cross for humankind, for ME, and who rose from the dead leaving my sin in hell itself: He is the same God who has asked me to bring others to know Him, and whilst I won`t persuade many with fancy talk or profound theology I just hope and pray that they see the love I have for them and move closer to my Lord and Saviour, even if it’s just one inch.

“Thanks for making me believe again” I have been so blessed with good friends in this Circuit and over the next few weeks I`ll get the chance to write to some of them to say thank you; I have been given some pretty amazing and generous gifts and we will spend the Circuit money on something to remind us of Borders Mission, but with all due respect to hear those words today is probably to have been given the highest honour of them all.

To those who I`m leaving behind and to those I`ve yet to get to know in Trent and Dove, I close this night with the challenge to reach out to others and help them “believe again

English: Uttoxeter Uttoxeter market place

I don’t know when I`ll get the opportunity to be on the internet again but will get back as soon as possible.