Joyce Read and I recently enjoyed a thought provoking weekend at the Hayes Centre in Swanwick.
The keynote speaker was Bishop Rosemarie Wenner from the German United Methodist Church who spoke passionately about her country’s work with refugees and asylum seekers. There were prayers led by Rev Charity Nzegwu, Clare Rawlings and Anne Browse and a Bible study led by Alison Judd, President of the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women and communion on Sunday in the chapel.
Seminars (15 in all offered) on Saturday afternoon ranged from: Response and Prevention – Domestic Violence, FGM: faith, fact and figures, How Action for Children works, Exploring Silence,Tax Justice! - delivered by members of the Methodist Church Tax Justice Network , to Modern music for reflection and Circle Dancing.
The atmosphere was sociable and welcoming with women of all ages joining together to talk about real issues we face in the world today and how Methodist women can work together to make a difference. Next year's weekend is on April 20th - 22nd - put it in your diary.
Kindly written by Glennys Astley