Report to District Day at Alston: 10 October 2012
It's now over a year since I was made your Forum Rep at the Southport Methodist Conference in July 2011. It’s been a busy time (report of first year in the Newsletter along with Eileen's report from Swanwick conference in April).
Most recent meeting was Connexional Forum at Swanwick 19-30 Sept – 24 hours of work and worship.
Last Roadshow Edinburgh May at Nicholson square – Linda Bandolier, director of Bridges of Friendship, told us the story of Esther . Kathleen Pearson's choir also sang to us (coming to Abbott Hall in Nov).
Conference Plymouth – Prayer Pod; Fringe event; Jill Baker given a slot – so being recognised. At invitation Mark Wakelin(very encouraging), Jill, Linda & Alison attended the Connexional Leadership Forum in Sept (District Chairs & strategic leaders) to present on MWiB as some confusion as to where we stand within Methodism. Next year London – DG attending to help.
Personnel – Linda Crossley now vice-President; President next year. From Brighouse West Yorks.
Margaret Williams – off 3months; interim arrangements been circulated.
New Finance Officer required – all info on web/from me.
Annual Report – copies for everyone. Very good summary of the last year. Circulate. Sent to ALL ministers. I took to Synod September, so have some seen? On Website www.mwib.org or just Google MWiB.
Finance TG – Bursaries £100 for Swanwick – not all taken. SCA - £4.2 given (not all). - Toddler Groups x2, Cooking club; Job Club; EO - £194k. + WMF et al. Empowerment gifts – women Ghana(Jill) Matthew. Rasiki school also.
Communications – Newsletter-who gets? Tof Life (WFM&UCW); Prayer Diary; Documents; Meeting dates – National & District. Website–who accesses? Great. Jill's Daily Blog; Prayer for the Week(KP); Twitter a/c.
My email List- now over 70 ladies receiving info. Not MWiB or meeting people, but now in the loop to be informed of what we support and what they might join in and be part of. Conference, away days; weekends; opportunities for meeting in different ways, even different districts, eg Minsteracres.
Download Resources – WWDP; EO; Christmas. WWDP – from France; EO- order forms 2013 available - Circuit secs? - “Beyond the harbour wall” big input from July Hulme. NB – WWDP rep & Helen Kim Memorial Scholar to be full voting members of MWiB Connexional Forum.
Resources-awaiting new logo before:- bookmarks/calendars; poster blanks; memory sticks; ideas??
Dalit Solidarity TG – ongoing work and support. Dalit Madonna greeting cards - £2. Resource Pack in progress; website – short devotional for use -download.
Children Unite – will conclude July 2013, but idea future social concern- Young girls in the Penal System.
Ecumenical relations – National Council of Women; MU; Church of ScotlandW/Guild; Linda Leeds Minster next year – so advancing the profile of MWiB as an organisation
1) This Sat at Mansfield MDG 7 day;
2)Pre-Christmas Retreat Green Pastures;
1) Away Day at the Lodore Hotel in Borrowdale
2) Swanwick Conf 12-14 April £160. Bursary.
3)Creativity Day at Slough; JB, 18 May.- plans for repeat in North. Added incentive!!
4)Scotland's Area 3 Residential Conference 28-31 May. Jenny Lee past president needs numbers asap. Brochures & a/forms from me.
I have a prayer list with a Forum Rep mentioned each day. 9 Oct is me. Also coincides with the Methodist Prayer Handbook, with prayers from Richard Teal and also this year, Jill Baker. It was a good feeling to know that I was being prayed for yesterday by my sisters in Christ, and that I, by using Richard and Jill's prayers, prayed with them. Please continue to pray for Jill, the Exec and Forum Reps and thank you for what you all do to further the work of the Lord through MWiB.
God Bless you all.
Delphine Gratrix – Cumbria MWiB Forum Rep