Ben Rhydding Methodist Church
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Ben Rhydding Methodist Church's Response
to the Circuit Paper "Planning for Growth Options for Reconfiguration"
A Church Council meeting took place on the 4th September with 21 Members and Community Roll Member present.
Having considered the various options it was unanimously resolved that Ben Rhydding Methodist Church should for the time being remain outside any "group" of churches because it can meet all its obligations. Officers are in place to cover administration, finance, property, safeguarding and pastoral care. The building is cared for and the finances ar sound. The premises are in daily use by the community.
It was acknowledged that a time might arise, fiven the age of the present congregation, when the situation would need to be reconsidered and some other form of trusteeship would need to be sought. Members present promised to keep this in mind.
It is thought that the mission of the church is particularly to the elderly and there were several expressions of appreciation for this ministry including very close ties with the community at Emmandjay. It was also acknowledged that there are excellent relations with local schools, in particular through the collaborations with them for annual festivals.
Suggestions for further developments of the ministry to the elderly included developng closer relations with Emmandjas to nclude regular monthly meetings with a varied programme. There was also discussion about the possibility of employing a lay-worker for older people.
The Leadership Team spent a morning with Graham Jones who helped them to create a profile of
Ben Rhydding Methodist Church and to think about its future.
and here is another:
The Bright Field
I have seen the sun break through
to illuminate a small field
for a while, and gone my way
and forgotten it. But that was the
pearl of great price, the one field that had
treasure in it. I realise now
that I must give all that I have
to possess it. Life is not hurrying
on to a receding future, nor hankering after
an imagined past. It is the turning
aside like Moses to the miracle
of the lit bush, to a brightness
that seemed as transitory as your youth
once, but is the eternity that awaits you.