Superintendent's LetterSeptember 2021
After a very long year affected by Covid-19, I hope that it has been possible for you to enjoy time with family and friends this summer. I hope
you may also have had the opportunity to relax and enjoy a change of scenery on holiday.
September marks the beginning of the new connexional year and presents several opportunities to connect with friends across the Circuit and further afield.
We were not able to have a Circuit celebration of MHA Sunday in June as we had hoped. Instead, we are invited to gather alongside residents and staff at Hall Grange for a service of Holy Communion at 3.00 pm on Sunday 5 September to celebrate the work of MHA. Alongside participating in worship, you will be able to look around the Wilderness (https://www.mha.org.uk/news/latest news/news_archive/reclaiming-wilderness/). Envelopes will also be available for you to make a donation to support MHA.
We are delighted to be able to gather on Sunday 26 September when Downsview will host a Circuit social and service. We can gather from 4.30 pm to share fellowship before worship at 6.00 pm. Our service will include space for thanksgiving and remembrance because so much has happened since we last gathered for such worship.
The Season of Creation (1 September – 4 October) will enable us to connect with our neighbours, past, present and future, as well as all of God’s creation. This year’s Season of Creation has particular resonance as it takes place in the run-up to the COP26 UN Climate Change
Conference in Glasgow beginning on 31 October. Resources for the Season of Creation are available via the following link:
http://www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/creation/?utm_source=JPIT&utm_medium=email &utm_campaign=12593881_Newsletter%20August%202021&dm_i=1MV9,7HXI1,WSYHYM,UHORP,1. More resources have been prepared by Phoebe Parkin, the Youth President for 2020/21 under the heading “God’s world, our home” (https://www.methodist.org.uk/our work/children-youth-family-ministry/youngadults-explore-calling-grow-in-faith/agents-of-change/gods-world-our-home/). I encourage you to make use of these excellent resources.
I pray that we may be blessed and inspired to encourage each other to connect in fresh ways during the beginning of the new connexional year.