Hello and greetings,
Let me begin by introducing myself. My name is David and at the time of writing (end of June) I am preparing to move to take up the post of Superintendent in the Middlesbrough and Eston Circuit. I grew up in Bedfordshire, trained at Queens College in Birmingham and have been in
circuit ministry for twenty six years. I have served in: The Isle of Man (3 years), Hinkley in Leicestershire (8 years), York (10 years, with 7 as Superintendent of the old York North Circuit), and lately in the Thirsk and Northallerton Circuit as superintendent (5 years). I enjoy cricket, books, food (especially chilli), exploring remote places, walking, bread making, family time, cricket, rugby, golf, any sport involving a ball, and … did I mention cricket?
I am married to Carolyn and we have two grown up children in their 20s, Ruth who is living in Tadcaster and due to be married when weddings become possible again, and Rachel who lives in St Ives (Cambs). In normal times they come to visit us quite regularly, but like many families, we have been separated from our children during lockdown and have missed them greatly. Carolyn has worked as the Regional Safeguarding Officer for the Darlington and Newcastle districts of the Methodist Church for the last five years. This is a role which will continue after we move.
We move at a very strange time in national life. At the time of writing (late June) non essential shops have been open for two weeks, the football season has kicked off again and we are still counting down to the first test match of the summer. The date when churches can reopen for Sunday worship has just been confirmed as 4th July, but I know that this will take careful planning and not all churches will be ready by that date. We will have to operate differently for some time to come, with social distancing rules and other restrictions still in place.
Churches are very different from shops, pubs, restaurants and other businesses in that we are social rather than transactional. We proclaim the love of God for all and offer a radical welcome to those in need, all of which is difficult when people have to keep their distance and remain in their bubbles. However, it is encouraging to see that many churches have adapted their practice in recent months with various forms of online worship, and pastoral care which has involved phone calls, Zoom meetings and food deliveries. The church has remained outward facing in lockdown and continues to evolve in its mission and service. I am confident that God is doing something new in all of this and I have no doubt that we will find a way through these difficult times and perhaps emerge stronger and more focused as a result. I hope I can be of help, as we seek the way forward together.
M&E Circuit has some great work going on with exciting mission projects and some wonderful people. Carolyn and I are both looking forward to being part of this work, making new friends and living with you in the months and years to come. I wish you every blessing.
Revd. David Godfrey
Revd. David Godfrey
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