Chair of District Welcome Service
Trinity Methodist Church in Harrogate was the setting on 20 August for the welcome service for Revd Anne Brown as the new Chair of the Leeds District. Revd Gareth Powell, Secretary of the Conference, led the service and presided at Holy Communion. Revd Dr Roger Walton, President of the Conference, preached, taking as his theme the giving and receiving of gifts, illustrated with word pictures ranging from the excitement of a 3-year-old at their birthday party to the beauty of the feet of the messenger who has travelled long dusty miles in sandals over rough terrain to bring good news (Isaiah 52:7). The service was organised by Synod Secretary, Sarah Cave, ably assisted by District Administrator, Sian Henderson, Superintendent of the Nidd Valley Circuit, Revd Mark Godfrey, and by the stewards at Trinity. A wide spectrum of the life of the district was represented in those leading prayers, reading lessons, and assisting with the distribution of Holy Communion. Anne was welcomed by civic and ecumenical leaders as well as representatives of each of the circuits, the Yorkshire region, and the wider Connexion. A presentation was made to Revd Stephen Burgess and his wife Barbara in appreciation of Stephen's role as acting Chair since January 2016.