My first home was a village near Whitby where from a few weeks old my parents took me to the Methodist Chapel.

I was joined later by my sister and brother. I did lots of jobs as our three sons grew up - from farming with my father to working in a post office and becoming a County Youth Leader. I began leading worship at the tender age of fourteen and felt God calling me to the ministry of Word and Sacrament. By the time my youngest son was born I had started to Candidate for the Methodist Ministry. I trained at the Wesley Study Centre in Durham as one of a group of ' Guinea Pigs' training non-residentially and alongside our full -time work. During this time I became a Lay-Pastoral Assistant, working for three years in the Whitby Circuit. I served for ten years in the Ryedale Circuit at Helmsley and then a further five years as Superintendant. I came to serve in the Middlesbrough and Eston Circuit seven years ago. It is my honour to work with the people of Stainton, Marton and Nunthorpe as  well as being Chaplin to the Methodist Asylum Project.

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The Superintendent’s Letter


Dear friends,

New school uniforms need them.

Scouting and Guiding need them.

Hospitals and Nursing Homes need them.

Parcels and Letters need them.

Your favourite jar of jam needs them. . .

Have you guessed yet what I'm referring to?

Well, Wikipedia says this about them: They can be a piece of paper, plastic, film, cloth, metal or other material affixed to a container or product, on which is written or printed information or symbols about the product or item. Information printed directly on a container can also be considered . . . LABELING!

There has been quite a lot in the media recently about labeling - especially within the food industry - packaged food must display labels giving a list of all ingredients so that people with allergies can make an informed choice whether to consume the contents.

The Church cannot escape this food care - tomorrow at Trinity - when the District Synod meets, we will be consuming Gluten Free bread at Communion - thus making the central act of the church totally inclusive. As a church we want to be truly hospitable to all.

That brings me to other labels. . . I refer to the labels which are often invisible - they are the labels human beings sometimes give people, trying to put people into different categories because of the colour of their skin, their political persuasion, their sexuality or their faith and the many other labels we stick on people because they are different to us!

Last week we saw an outpouring of horror following the death in Northern Ireland of a 29 year old journalist - her death has actually made politicians and faith leaders, as well as ordinary people stop and think about the values Lyra McKee upheld. Her family used labels with which we can easily identify - she was, "A daughter, a sister, an aunt, a great-aunt, a partner, a niece, a cousin, and above all, a best friend and confidante to so many of us."


One person speaking of her said: " She was a smart, strong-minded woman who believed passionately in inclusivity, justice and truth.

Labels meant nothing to her - her philosophy will be used for a long time - that philosophy would be good for any who would try to label others - it's simple, ". . . the only way to overcome hatred and intolerance is with love, understanding and kindness."

We are made in the image of God - the God who made each of us unique, Loves and values us all as his precious children.

As Christians, we don't need to wear a label, we belong to Jesus Christ, who taught us to love our neighbour - no matter how different they are to us. Isn't it amazing to know we belong and to try to help others to know they belong, too - Now that's Radical Hospitality!

Must go - I need to label the cheese and fruit scones for Synod!

God Bless you and thank you for being unique!

With Much Love,

Sue

 I am Susan Greenwood, minister of Nunthorpe Methodist church for the last 10 years.

I feel it's been a privilege to be part of the loving and caring church family here at Nunthorpe.

The family is made up of women and men, boys and girls of all ages who worship, witness and enjoy the Christian life together. Every one is welcome to be part of our church family.

Please come along and share with us as we all grow closer to Jesus as his followers. We have many activities in addition to worship including House Groups, Bible Studies, Prayer and Singing groups. So please come along either to worship or to one of our groups or if you prefer you can contact me at suegnms@ntlworld.com.

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