Wednesday, 30 September 2009


The Centenary Year Celebrations continue at Caversham Heights Methodist Church with three more visiting preachers this month, including Major Samuel Edgar of the Salvation Army who is currently the Chairman of the West Midlands Free Church Federal Council who will preach at 10.30am on Sunday, 4th October;.

Deacon Vic Downs, now serving in Hednesford, makes an eagerly-awaited return visit to Caversham (where he served for several years) on Back to Church Sunday, 18th October at both 10.30am and 6.30pm services.

Mr. John Bell, who was Vice-President of the Methodist Conference 2005-2006 is the special preacher on Sunday, 25th October at 10.30am. He will assist at the 6.30pm Communion Service and at 4pm will also be chairing a discussion group in the church at 4pm on the way ahead.

As the Centenary Year draws to a close, there are four further visiting preachers to look forward to. The Revd Chris Jones, the Southampton District Ecumenical Enabler for Berks and Wilts, but temporarily the acting Superintendent for the Winchester Methodist Circuit, will preach at 10.30am on 1st November. Prior to entering the Methodist Ministry Chris was a schoolteacher and ended that career as a headmaster in Essex. His father and grandfather were both Baptist ministers.

The Revd Andy Moffoot, from the Tilehurst Methodist Church, who has spent some years as a Mission Partner in Kenya, will preach at the 10.30am service on World Mission Day, 8th November.

Former Caversham Minister, the Revd Rosemary Fletcher, and her husband James Rowley will spend the whole of Sunday 29th November (Advent Sunday) at the church, with Rosemary preaching at both the 10.30am and the 6.30pm services and together at 4pm they will give a picture of Sri Lanka where they are currently serving as Mission Partners.

The final special preacher at the 10.30am service on 6th December will be the Revd Professor Frances Young, well-known author and theologian, who taught theology at the University of Birmingham from 1971 to 2005. Her books include both academic and more popular theological writings, drawing on her work on the New Testament and on Christianity in its formative centuries, but also on her experience as the mother of a son (Arthur) who was born with profound physical and mental disabilities.

A warm welcome is extended to everyone at these centenary services.

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