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Calderdale Methodist Circuit : Stuart Brook

Heptonstall church

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During my childhood years (up to the age of 13) I attended the local Anglican Church and Sunday School. The vicar invited me to join the choir – an honour which I have still to receive from the Methodist Church.

When we moved house in 1959, I lost all interest in the Church – and presumably God – and did not attend again until I left school and began my working life. This was in 1963 when, through the encouragement of a long-standing friend, I began to attend our local Methodist Church. Here I quickly made new friends, many of whom I still have.

I was made a member and in 1965 I received the CALL TO PREACH and was placed firstly ON NOTE and then ON TRIAL. Help and support from the Circuit was nothing like as good as it is today, and partly because of this it was not until 1973 that I became FULLY ACCREDITED.

In my preaching of the Word, whilst I seek for it always to be "GROUNDED FIRM AND DEEP IN THE SAVIOUR'S LOVE" I always endeavour to put across the lighter side of life wherever possible, from my own experience. Resulting from this I hold the largest collection of sermon illustrations on HOLIDAYS IN BLACKPOOL and THE UPS AND DOWNS OF HALIFAX TOWN – a wider variance I challenge anyone to find.

A former minister, before he moved to pastures new in 1966, left me a book entitled “JOHN WESLEY & CO (HALIFAX)“, written by the late Eve Chapman. This gives an insight of Methodism in what is now largely our new Calderdale Circuit. Inside the front cover he wrote these words of John Wesley which I have always found inspirational – I hope you do too.

"I'LL PREACH AS THOUGH I NE'ER SHALL PREACH AGAIN
AS A DYING MAN TO DYING MEN"
To which he personally added:
"MAY YOU HAVE GREAT JOY IN LEADING MULTITUDES TO THE SAVIOUR"
THAT JOY IS YOURS, THAT JOY IS MINE.

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