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Message from Rev. Diane Smith, our minister.

Dear Friends,

On the 4th February Gainsborough Library will be the venue of our next Circuit Service.

Lay Workers Elizabeth Storey and Debbie Peck have established a really healthy working relationship with the Library Staff who have welcomed the Methodist Church with open arms.

Can I please urge you to come to this Service and be encouraged by this developing relationship which was born of work that Deacon Georgina Brookes began.

Together Elizabeth and Debbie have developed the work.

At this Service Library Staff will be thanked for their all-important part in this relationship.

John Wesley once famously said, "The whole world is my Parish" and across the Circuit much important work is carried out by a whole host of lay folk and supernumerary ministers.

Methodism is facing an unprecedented challenge as a short-fall in Minsters means that up to 56 appointments will remain unfilled this coming Connexional year.

However, I can assure you that within the Ipswich Circuit the Leadership team are working very hard to address this shortfall.

One very positive way forward has been the employment of more lay workers and, by the time you read this, a new additional Pastoral Worker will have been appointed to work alongside myself.

I urge you all to be very optimistic in your assessment of the Methodist Church and its future development.

It is true we face very challenging times but we are, and always have been, a grass roots moment.

The priesthood of all believers continues to be so much a part of our DNA.

Recently I have been revisiting the novel 'Adam Bede' by George Eliot (pen name of Mary Anne Evans) in which the work of lay Methodist Preacher Dinah Morris plays such a prominent and vital role. If you have not read this novel, it might inspire you once more to thank God for the work of the laity and our joint calling to share the love of God with all.

Love and God Bless

Diane.