President of Conference Revd Steve Wild visits Meon Valley
A Wild Weekend as Methodist President meets Meon Valley Churches
Meon Valley Methodists, Hampshire were delighted as Revd Steve Wild met them over the weekend of 4 and 5 July for one of his first official engagements as President of the Methodist Conference of Great Britain.
The weekend commenced with a Barn dance and hog roast on Saturday night at Wickham Community Centre, Hampshire. Members and friends of the Meon Valley Methodist Circuit met to welcome the new President, fresh from the Conference which had only finished two days previously. About a hundred people danced along, fell over, got their feet confused and had a wonderful Saturday night out. Revd Wild gave a short address after the roast had been decimated, and greeted everyone individually with his great big smile and a friendly chat.
Early on Sunday morning Revd Wild travelled to the BBC Radio Solent studios in Southampton for a 7.45 am interview on the faith programme hosted by BBC’s Tim Daykin. He later led a morning service at Shirrell Heath Methodist Church. Again he met and spoke with everyone individually before and after the service. He gave a children’s talk too with animation using his well-loved puppets, inviting the children to participate with several more puppets in the story of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel. As the service progressed everyone realised his special talents as an evangelist; indeed he challenged every church to welcome a new member this year. The five churches in the Meon Valley Methodist Circuit certainly took this to heart. A member of Shirrell Heath Methodist Church, Ron Carnell, proudly received a certificate from the President for his 60 years as a local lay preacher.
In the evening of Sunday 5 July Revd Wild led a combined service at Waltham Chase Methodist Church. Members and friends of the churches in the Southampton Methodist District were invited. Revd Wild encouraged everyone to look outwards to all their friends and neighbours and tell them about the exciting Good News of Jesus, after all there is so much really bad news around at present. His enthusiasm was infectious and he also blessed people who were to attend the upcoming Wickham Music Festival (6 - 9 August) when Meon Valley Methodists will have a Christian presence with their ‘Elemental Tent’ as they did last year. Last year the weather was (mostly) kind, let’s hope it is this year too. Altogether a fantastic weekend where Christians had fun and were led by a truly inspiring new President Revd Steve Wild: A really Wild weekend.
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