Yesterday I worshipped at Rinstead Shared Church, another of the Churches for which I will be the Methodist Minister from 1st September. One of the many nice things about Ringstead is that it is
a shared Church with the Baptists. In fact the church buildings are the Baptist Church and the Methodists joined them in this sharing arrangement 10 years ago.
This time my trike was recognised on arrival, thay had prior warning from Thrapston that I might turn up on it. It was a very warm welcome from everyone. Lovely to meet Rosemary (the Baptist minister) again and meet her husband for the first time.
This will be the last time for a while that I will be haunting one of John’s services (3 in a row now), but he has threatened to respond in kind. He has set a high standard to follow.
They have a great worship band with piano, sax, base guitar and 3 violins, nice to see young people playing in Church. The worship was informal, friendly and relaxed but still with depth and reverence.
I am leading worship there on Sunday morning in just under two weeks and am very much looking forward to that.
It does seem to me that working in partnership in this way is a good way forward for us to go, it also is really nice as a new minister to be able to work alongside someone with much more experience and a different denomination tradition.
That concludes my tour of the churches before I actually start work, the only place I have not managed to get to is Stanwick (I did not think I could go to their service at 9:30 last week and after that ride to Thrapston for the 10:30 service). The next thing is the welcome service on Wednesday at Park Street Methodist Church, Rushden 7:30pm for PJ and myself. Alison (chair of the district) is preaching – but that’s about all I know so far.