The evening of 23 June 2019 saw a crowd of Methodists making their way to Wimborne Methodist Church for tea. The wonderful spread provided by the catering team at Wimborne was rapidly devoured – it was a bit like feeding the 5000! After an hour or so of fellowship and catching up with friends across the whole circuit (from Blandford to Brockenhurst), it was time to adjourn to the sanctuary for the evening service.
The church was packed to capacity to mark the retirement of Revd Gwyneth Owen after ten years as Superintendent of the circuit and Minister of the Wimborne, Blandford and Colehill churches. The music was provided by the Mission Band and other circuit musicians, and after a period of community hymn singing, the service commenced. It was led by the Revd Dr Andrew Wood, Chair of the Southampton District, and the preacher was the Revd John Walker, former Chair of the Chester and Stoke District.
It was a worshipful service, with enthusiastic singing, and included a presentation to Gwyneth by Mrs Chris Lusher (cheque from the circuit) and Revd Nigel Deller (a beautiful Margaret Johnson bowl from the Circuit Staff!)
An offering during the service raised the magnificent sum of £1200 for Future Pillars Zambia, a charity of which Gwyneth is a Trustee.
Quote from the last page of the Order of Service: "With profound thanks for the last 10 years of her ministry, the Circuit wishes Gwyneth a full and happy retirement and God's richest blessing."
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