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I have been a member of St Andrew’s Methodist Halifax sinc 1981. Since my Accreditation as Local Preacher in 1998, God has opened many doors and opportunities to visit and meet Brothers and Sisters in Christ in various churches; first in the Halifax Methodist Circuit and later amalgamated into the Calderdale Methodist Circuit.

I offer 6 appointments a quarter and help out when needed to cover appeals due to unforeseen circumstances. Besides venturing out of Calderdale to attend related CPD courses, I was also invited to preach at URC’s in the local area; giving talks at various Ladies groups; leading devotion in a Nursing home and Bible Study Groups, and mission work nationally and internationally.

In the last 19 yrs I have journeyed far and wide within Calderdale from Halifax Central to Todmorden, Blackshaw Head, Heptonstall, Hebden Royd, Luddendenfoot, Ripponden, Sowerby Bridge, Elland and Greetland. I didn’t mind as I enjoyed the scenic drive especially to Blackshaw Head passing Hebden Bridge. Heptonstall is a challenge with its steep walks and roads to get to the church.

I thank God for His Family in every Church praising Him for the love and friendship found in most Churches. Prayer in the vestry for the Preacher and Congregation before the service is so important to prepare our hearts and minds to come before God worthy of His love for each of us and to give Him this hour completely without distractions. If there’s an area to be improved, vestry prayers led by Stewards, need training to focus on its importance especially to ask for the Preacher to be filled with the Holy Spirit to bring forth God’s word with conviction and humility. Most of the time this is missed.

It is a privilege to be called by God to preach, for opportunities to share our faith journey and able to love those we meet and those we are yet to meet. Growth in the love for God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is a lifelong journey and His command to love and obey is possible because He first loved us and with the help of the Holy Spirit if we ask of Him. As God’s Children we are blessed when we continue to trust and obey Him in our daily walk with Him.

“To God be the Glory in all we say and do.” Amen.

 

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