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, I'm writing this letter on a rather memorable day. The 31st January 2020 is Leaving Day - in the Prime Minister's inimitable words - the day we, 'Get Brexit Done.' You would have to have been living on another planet, not to have witnessed all that this entailed over the past three and a half years.

But when I say this is a memorable day - a Leaving Day - I'm not actually referring to the European Union, rather, I am thinking about the wonderful staff at Linthorpe Road Church and Resource Centre for whom today is the day they leave work following being made redundant - a sad day indeed.

You probably know that Linthorpe Road Church and Resource Centre is part of the City Centre Churches Register and as such should undergo a review every five years - we have been helped greatly by a Review Team set up by the District where various aspects of the life of the church and centre have been subject to scrutiny. This has been done with both professionalism and care.

Following the Circuit Meeting in March, the Review will be available for anyone to read, I commend it to you. Many challenges and opportunities have been identified as the Church and Resource Centre try to work out how God wants us to serve him in Mission and Ministry to the centre of Middlesbrough.

Financially, for various reasons, we are in a very fragile position and we could no longer go on employing two Administrators and two Caretakers, hence this sad and memorable day when they leave. However, one of the phrases which has been said over and again and with which the Team end the Review is, 'God has not finished with us.'

This speaks to us of fresh opportunities and challenges as we seek to serve in the town centre in what has become, over the last two decades, a very different place.

We are so fortunate to have the experience of Rev Charity who has made really good links with local businesses, politicians, community agencies and those doing similar Christian work. It is essential that the relationships she has forged with them and the exciting ones with the University are nurtured and strengthened.

I want you to know how passionately committed I am to the future of God's work in Middlesbrough - Not merely to survive but to thrive and to flourish!

It is so easy to get entrenched in all the responsibilities we have for our own church and community but as a Circuit Family, we need to be interested and involved in what is happening in the middle of our town, too. There are so many opportunities to share the practical, social and emotional life of those who need to know the Gospel of God's Love. Linthorpe Road Church and Resource Centre is going to continue to offer hospitality on a Sunday to all in inclusive The Superintendent’s Letter 4 acts of Worship and in the Thursday lunch time service. We will celebrate the work that goes on from our premises with groups like Boro Angels, Millenium Meals and MAP Middlesbrough, as well as finding new ways to share God's Love to all in imaginative ways in the future.

There will be challenges, especially without our wonderful Sandra, Anita, Peter and Chris, but the legacy they leave is one of hope for the future.

Jesus said: 'I have come that they may have Life, Abundant Life.'

It is this life we believe we are called to offer in his name in our wonderful town.

With Sincere 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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