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Currently our minister is Rev Anne Smith. If you want to contact Anne her telephone number is 01527-570437 or you can email her at revasmith@btinternet.com    

By way of introduction, Anne says this about herself, as she starts her ministry in Catshill and Bournheath in September 2014:

It is a new beginning for us as we come to the Bromsgrove and Redditch Circuit and particularly to Catshill and Bournheath so I thought I would write a little about us. Although born in a Birmingham hospital I regard myself as a Black Country girl as I was brought up in Netherton, Dudley.  I attended Dudley Girls’ High School before going off to Southlands Training College. It was on teaching practise that I met my first husband, Paul.

We married in 1975 and settled in Leatherhead, Surrey and I taught in Epsom and later Leatherhead. We had two boys, John, now working in the theatre and married to Gemma, and David resident in Grimsby with his wife Inga and son Paul born in January 2013.

 

It was in my mid thirties that the call to presbyteral ministry became acute and I candidated. We all went off to Wesley College, Bristol for 2 years after which we were sent to the Elland and Greetland Circuit in West Yorkshire.  It was there that Paul died of a heart complaint just before I was ordained. My mother spent much time with us in Elland thus enabling me to continue my ministry.

 

I went to Worcester in 2000 and the friendship between Jim and I developed. We had known each other for many years as we were brought up in the same Methodist church. We married in April 2004. He is a great blessing to me, not just personally but in my role as minister. He is a Local Preacher looks forward to getting to know the churches in a new Circuit. Jim is retired having worked for Lucas in research into batteries and fuel cells for the automotive and aerospace industries. Not only did I gain a husband but another son, Richard, who now lives in Halesowen and works for the Probation Service.

 

I believe it is a great privilege to serve in ministry in the Methodist Church. As to hobbies we both enjoy music, reading, films and for myself I would add cooking and knitting. I’m hoping to get back to swimming regularly, which I have failed to do in recent years.

 

I also dabble with writing, from dialogues to be used in drama (with my son John then casting his dramatic eye over them), to the occasional hymn, to imaginary thoughts of Bible characters. Maybe one day I’ll gather some of them together.

 

We do look forward to our new Circuit. I hope that we can grow together, learn from one another and share our strengths in order that we may better serve the Kingdom.

Minister's letter:

May 2018

Dear Friends,

Another month flown by with its mini-heatwave and bitter chill. Well it was April after all. Now we look forward to May with its bursting buds and beautiful blossom and its call to prayer as well as Ascension Day and Pentecost.

 

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus.  What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer. During the days of Thy Kingdom Come, that is from Ascension Day to Pentecost, those who pray will deepen their friendship with Jesus, bring other to know Jesus or know him better, and come to know that every aspect of their life is the stuff of prayer.  Visit the Methodist Church website to see our Secretary of Conference Rev Gareth Powell in conversation with the Archbishop of Canterbury.  Gareth says, “From the very first gatherings of Methodists in Oxford, Methodism has always been suffused with prayer. Prayer is the foundation on which the Methodist Church is built and from which it seeks to fulfil its calling to respond to the gospel of God’s love in Christ and to live out its discipleship in worship and mission.”

There are resources to help you – an ecumenical one and a Methodist one and I invite you to take one of each – they are very different – and use the one that you feel happy with. Perhaps you can use the other on a different occasion.

Prayer is a discipline and happens in many different ways. Just think of the ways that you communicate with the person to whom you are closest. You don’t always have to use words, you don’t always want to have a conversation (that usually happens, at least in my experience, when I’ve just woken up) and sometimes you have to say the same thing in several ways so that the true meaning is understood. Yet communication is so important. Prayer is communication with God. And prayer is also action.

The designated days of prayer end on the day of Pentecost, that great day of celebration when frightened disciples were transformed into active apostles going out to share God’s love and teach about Jesus. That power is available for us today and yet so often we fail to call upon that power and endeavour to do things in our own strength. May we realise afresh “what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe,” (Ephesians 1:19)

Happy Pentecost

   

        God Bless

 

 Anne