Subject to stationing by the Conference, we are delighted to announce that the Rev Dawn Saunders has accepted an invitation to be the new superintendent minister from September 2016. Dawn will also be a member of the ministry team of Watling Valley Partnership and the minister of Deanshanger Methodist Church and Newton Longville Free Church. Her Welcome Service will be on Sunday 28 August at 7pm at the Church of the Holy Cross, Two Mile Ash. We look forward to getting to know Dawn, her husband Nick, and their daughters. We pray for Dawn as she prepares for what we believe is an exciting opportunity for us and for her.
We had a beneficial evening on 23 November when Jill Marsh, the Northampton district director of mission led our thinking on this theme as part of the connexion-wide consultation following the changes two years ago to marriage law.
There is further opportunity to take counsel together at the Area Meeting on Wednesday 13th January, at the Church of Christ the Cornerstone, at 7.3opm when we shall explore the theme with Rev Dave Warnock, another of the district facilitators. Since the URC Synods must vote this spring on whether individual churches should be allowed to register for same sex marriages the theme of how we respond to changes in society in this area, as well as how we live with contradictory convictions within the church, is pertinent at this time. Everyone as ever is welcome to the Area Meeting, and free to leave after the conversation and refreshments prior to the business which begins at 8.30pm.
Congratulations to Rob Winn on completing his preacher training course. We anticipate admitting him as a Methodist Local Preacher at a service at the Church of Christ the Cornerstone at 6pm on Sunday 6th December. Since Rob leave to move north at the end of December this service is also an opportunity for the United Area to say goodbye to Rob and Gemma and wish them well for the future. We hope to see as many friends as possible in celebration of what Rob has achieved over the last four years as our VentureMK pioneer.