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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:

August 2019

Dear Friends,

 

This will be my last letter as Minister at Catshill and really all I want to say is a really big THANK YOU.   I am writing this on Monday morning after the celebrations of yesterday.  Thank you for all who made the worship yesterday morning such a good occasion.  Worship is always (perhaps with one or two rare exceptions and we won’t go into the reasons for that) great to be a part of but the last service as minister is always moving, so thank you to all who were there.

                        Another big THANK YOU to you all for your generosity. The sheep are acclimatising themselves to Chadcote Way and will be put in the garden later today, the picture is lovely, the flowers are beautiful and this afternoon Jim and I are going shopping for garden furniture!  Or at least for a first look.  Your generosity was overwhelming and humbling.  If you feel that you have gained something from my ministry, I feel I have gained more.  It has been a privilege to be your minister and I look forward to the time I can come back as a friend.  In the meantime, I can always put the kettle on here and begin (or continue) to develop those friendships.

                        Finally, I want to re-iterate something I said yesterday. “We all have a calling to tell of our experience of Jesus and sometimes that means taking risks and speaking about our faith in situations that we least expect.”  We all have a faith story to tell with all its ups and downs.  Do not be afraid to tell that story.  And do not be afraid to invite people to Catshill Methodist Church.  You have a great fellowship and a good welcome and whatever the preacher is like it is the warmth of the welcome and the engagement in friendship that will keep the people coming.

                        Again, thank you for everything and Jim joins me in all of those thanks.  Look after him as he continues to worship with you.

God Bless you all, always,

 

              

  Anne

“We are called to be faithful people everywhere and at all times to do the will of the one who loves us by sowing the seeds of God’s love and harvesting the fruit of that love.”