Methodist Women in Britain

District Day Saturday 15th July 2017 at Ashbourne Road Methodist Church, Derby. Following our business meeting, Chandra Mowbray spoke about the Derby Churches Nightshelter, a project involving 7 churches in or near the city centre which provide emergency shelter and a substantial meal for homeless people during the winter months. 265 guests had accessed the nightshelter the previous winter and only two of them didn’t have a more permanent solution at the end. Also under the umbrella of Derby City Mission, Chandra updated us about a Foot Washing Church that has been started at Susanna Wesley House where homeless women can access hairdressing, nail polishing, laundry and showers, with hospitality and prayer and personal dignity. (Thanks to the many from our church who have donated cosmetics and cleansers for this project).

District Day Tuesday 17th October 2017 at St John’s Methodist Church, Standhill Road, Carlton. During our business meeting accounts were presented, and we were advised that Sue Leese would be our next District President and would be inducted at Ashbourne next July. Her chosen charity will be Engelsea Brook Museum where she is a volunteer. After lunch Barbara Maddison gave us a very inspiring talk about the history of, and her involvement with, The National Council of Women, encouraging us to keep on, in spite of the difficulties we may encounter.

Days of Fellowship at Willersey Castle from 12th to 15th March 2018
8 of our church ladies went on the Thursday to hear our National President Sandra Goodwin talk about her visit to Bolivia in the morning, and the Water of Life in the afternoon, two very different topics but connected through the varying needs around our world – both physical and spiritual.

District Day Wednesday 18th July 2018 at Ashbourne Methodist Church, including a buffet lunch, and Induction Service for Sue Leese as District President. Preacher Rev Liz Childs from Gainsborough; speaker Dr Jill Barber, Vice President of Conference 2015/16.

District Day Saturday 17th October 2018 at Willersley Castle, speaker Judith Simms, MWiB Communication Officer, on the European Festival in Germany.

Willersley Week 25th-28th March 2019, led by Jill Baker, Vice President of Conference 2017/18 with a special interest in pilgrimages.

Willersley evening meal 22nd May 2019, speaker Linda Williams on Church Embroidery.

Local CONNEXIONAL events
Swanwick Residential Weekend 20th to 22nd April 2018, entitled ‘Oceans of Justice, Rivers of Fairness’. The keynote speaker will be Rachel Lampard who is Team Leader of the Joint Public Issues Team, and was Vice President of Conference 2016-17. She has worked for the Methodist Church as Secretary for Parliamentary and Political Affairs since 2000 with responsibility for the Church’s engagement with political issues in a range of areas. This promises to be a stimulating and challenging weekend, with a variety of workshops, time to make and renew friendships, time to relax together or find a quiet space, and time to share in conversation and to visit the Market Place.
The Methodist Conference is at Nottingham University this year and there will be a MWiB Fringe event on Friday 29th June.
Jean Smith

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