The Current President of the Methodist Conference visited Wesley Rock Chapel in the West Cornwall Circuit this past week.

The Revd Richard Teal

Richard is a Methodist presbyter and was brought up in a small Yorkshire Dales village, where his father was a farmer.

After leaving school, Richard worked in textile management and during that time he candidated for the Methodist ministry. He attended Wesley College, Bristol, and left a year early due to the shortage of presbyters at that time.

His first circuit was Blaydon in the Newcastle-upon-Tyne District and he was then sent as Superintendent to what in those days was a priority appointment in Berwick-upon-Tweed on the English-Scottish border.

Nine years later, Richard returned to East Yorkshire and served as Superintendent of the Beverley Circuit. In each of these appointments there was significant church growth. After circuit ministry, Richard served for 11 years as Chair of the Cumbria Methodist District and his experience of rural ministry came to the fore.

His understanding and appreciation of rural issues helped considerably when Cumbria was devastated by two county-wide floods. In 2010 a gunman killed 12 people on the west coast of Cumbria and Richard had a significant role in leadership and pastoral responsibility.

In his time in Cumbria, Richard had at least two other very significant roles: first in enabling the region to become the first ecumenical county in Great Britain.

Second, he formed a strong agricultural chaplaincy team to bring pastoral support to the agricultural community and beyond. Richard greatly values rural communities and encourages rural churches to take risks and do new and exciting faith activities.

For Richard, a small rural chapel is not a failed large church. Small communities are important and significant in building the kingdom of God. Richard was also contributor to A Discipling Presence, a workbook that promotes an effective Christian presence in rural communities (Methodist Publishing, 2017). Richard is married to Susan, and they have two children and two grandchildren.

Wave of Hope for G7       

https://www.christianaid.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/wave-hope 

The G7 Summit will take place from11th to 13th June 2021 in Carbis Bay.Christian Aid would like the churches of Cornwall to send a strong message to these world leaders, urging a response to the Climate Emergency. Christian Aid would like to start a ‘Wave of Hope’ across the county and ask all churches to make HANDS ready to put in displays outside their church in the fortnight ahead of the G7, by the end May 2021.

The G7 Summit will take place from11th to 13th June 2021 in Carbis Bay.Christian Aid would like the churches of Cornwall to send a strong message to these world leaders, urging a response to the Climate Emergency. Christian Aid would like to start a ‘Wave of Hope’ across the county and ask all churches to make HANDS ready to put in displays outside their church in the fortnight ahead of the G7, by the end May 2021.

They can then choose ONE OF THEIR HANDS (Max A4 in size; brightly coloured; WEATHER RESISTANT – fabric or recycled materials) and write the name of their church/chapel on the back; and send it to The Vicarage, Porthrepta Road, Carbis Bay TR26 2LD. These hands, representing the churches of Cornwall, will then be added to a Wave of Hope display on St Anta Church in Carbis Bay, for all G7 delegates to witness, several times a day!

The circuit offers a service on Zoom on Sunday evenings, for more information please contact us.

The Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly District, Revd. Steve Wild, is offering daily reflections via YouTube.

The Methodist Church of Great Britain is updating its information pages regularly, with useful guidance for church leaders as we get back into our churches, as well as links to government and NHS advice.  You can read it here. They are also offering resources and ideas for worship in a time of pandemic,or you can dial-a-prayer on 0808 281 2514 or listen to news from the Methodist Church on 0808 281 2478.

 

Funeral arrangements: during the Coronavirus pandemic

We are following Government guidelines, along with advice from the Methodist Church. ​Please contact the Minister (Rev. Edwin Myers) to discuss any arrangements. With the current restrictions on movement in place it may not be possible for everyone to attend a funeral. We offer the following short act of worship to help you say your formal goodbyes while remaining in your home.

The circuit offers a service on Zoom on Sunday evenings, for more information please contact us.