Circuit Webteam: July 2017
Over 100 worshippers from churches across Gloucestershire gave a fond farewell to two retiring Methodist Ministers at St. Mary's Newent on Sunday 2 July.
The Revd Christopher Cory and the Revd Heather Upton were both given permission to 'sit down' by this years church's governing body, the national Methodist Conference when it met last week in Birmingham. Both received gifts, including a Rose plant called 'Tranquillity' from Circuit Officers Andrew Owen and Brian Cooke to mark the occasion.
The Revd Christopher Cory arrived 4 years ago and served as Methodist Minister at Tewkesbury, Apperley, Hartpury, Newent St. Mary's, and Tibberton Churches.
For the past 7 years, the Revd Heather Upton has been Methodist Minister in the Forest of Dean, including Aylburton, Clements End, Coalway, Lydney, and Woolaston. Heather was also in pastoral charge of Ellwood Methodist Church which closed in 2016.
The worship, led by Gloucestershire Methodist Superintendent Minister, the Revd James Tebbut, included Hymns, readings and testimonies. Both Chris and Heather told how they became Methodist Ministers and paid tribute to family members, congregations and colleagues, past and present for their love, care and support during their ministry.
Both Ministers are retiring to different parts of Gloucestershire.
New Ministers have been appointed to both areas by the Methodist Conference and they begin work on 1st September 2017.
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