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Bitter Sweet? Memorable!


What a wonderful Circuit Service we had at St Andrew’s on Sunday 20 July!
The church was almost full and every church was represented. All our presbyters took part in the service, which lasted for almost 2 hours! Who can believe that? No-one noticed that it was any longer than a usual service. It was one we shall remember for a long time.

Rev Nick described the occasion as ‘bitter sweet’. We were bidding farewell to Revs Ian and Sarah (“parting is such sweet sorrow” – the Bard), yet we celebrated their ministry and gave thanks to God for their involvement in the life and mission of the circuit over what has been a difficult time. Ian has contributed such a lot, that it is hard to think he arrived in Bradford only 5 years ago. In contrast, Sarah arrived as a probationer minister 17 years ago, and when she leaves us, she will continue to minister in the city (in Bradford South circuit). We have all been blessed by their gifts and graces, and it was right to thank God for sending them to Bradford.

A cause for celebration at the service was the recognition of Kim Attenborough as a fully-accredited local preacher. Kim has not found the studies required to qualify as a preacher easy, and the process has taken several years. However, during that time she has blessed all of the churches in the circuit by the gifted, imaginative and warm way she has led worship. We all rejoice with Kim and Mike that she has now gained official status for her calling, which we and she have never doubted. Bradford North circuit is fortunate indeed to have Kim in our team of local preachers, and we do thank God.

Oh, that we had more services which were so well-attended and uplifting!

Well, we have a chance to reach the heights again in just 5 weeks! On Monday 1 September, a service of welcome for our new minister, Rev Christine Crabtree, will take place at Northcliffe Church at 7.30 pm. The preacher will be the Chair of West Yorkshire Methodist District, Rev Dr Roger Walton. Come and join us! Make Christine and her new husband Stephen feel really welcome. Let’s give God the glory together!

Martin
Senior Circuit Steward

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