Sunday, 26th February 2012, was a red letter day in the life of our L.E.P. As well as being Patronal Sunday for St Oswalds and the service being led jointly by the Bishop of Worcester, Rev Dr John Inge, and Rev Mary Austin, our Superintendent Minister, it was one of joint Confirmation (our first!) into the Methodist Church and the Church of England for Sarah Weston. Here we see Sarah being congratulated after the service by Bishop John, Rev Mary (second from left) and also Rev Rose Lawley (left).
60 Years as a Local Preacher!!!
Many congratulations to Mr Alan Parker, one of our members, who has recently completed 60 years as an accredited Local Preacher. Here we see Alan being presented with his certificate by Rev Mary.
Friday, 15th January 2010, saw the 3rd Birthday Party of our L.E.P. These are a couple of photos of the evening's main activities - eating and bowling!
We are grateful to the members of St John's Methodist, Bloxwich, for the loan of their bowling alley, which one of their members made.
The weekend of 19th and 20th September, 2009 was a very special day in the life of our Chapel. It was our 150th Anniversary! To think that people have been worshipping in our Chapel continuously for that length of time is quite humbling. Below are some pictures that were taken over our celebratory weekend:
Preparations in Full Flow.
Part of the finished display. Our weekend of celebrations also coincided with our Harvest Festival.
The wonderful main display of flowers in our Chapel.
Our Sunday School Banner.
Everyone (and everything!) is ready for the 'Broadwaters Revue' Concert on Saturday evening, 19th September, 2009.
One of the acts in the 'Broadwaters Revue.'
Here we see Mr and Mrs Vale and Mrs Cartwright cutting the Church's Birthday cake. Between them, these three loyal and steadfast people have given more than 200 years' service to our Chapel!
Our Minister, Reverend Mary, is holding a superb model of our Church, which adorned the top of the Birthday Cake. The model was made by one our friends from St Oswalds, our partner L.E.P. Church.
These four ladies were the driving force behind preparations for the whole weekend and have become known to the rest of the congregation as the 'Fab 4'!
The wonderful display of food for our Celebratory Luncheon. Needless to say, this is before the masses descended....!
...And here are the masses tucking in!
Part of our display of memorabilia.
Sunday, 14th January 2007, was an extremely important day in the lives of Broadwaters Methodist and St Oswald's C of E. This was the day when we formally signed a Covenant creating a Local Ecumenical Partnership between our two Churches.
The Service was in two parts, the first being at the Methodist Chapel. This picture shows Rev Mary Austin saying some words of welcome. Also in the picture, from left to right, Canon Owain Bell (Team Rector), Rev John Howard (Chair, Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury District of the Methodist Church) and Rt Rev Peter Selby, the Bishop of Worcester.
Here we see the above mentioned, together with Rev David Ryan, leaving the Methodist Church to process to St Oswalds C of E (about 5 -10 mins walk) for the second part of the service.
The Procession is seen here in Broadwaters Park, half way between the two Churches.
The start of the second part of the service, at St Oswald's C of E.
Here , two copies of the Covenant document are being signed by all the interested parties.
In Honour of the occasion, a cake was baked by one of the ladies of St Oswald's and iced by one of the ladies of Broadwaters Methodist. A truly ecumenical process!
A poster in St Oswald's Church, reminding us all of what the whole day was about.
Broadwaters Methodist was privileged in 2006 to be visited by Mr James Bunyasi from the Kenyan organisation, 'Omwabini'. Omwabini was founded by James' mother Mary and it is a Kenyan Community Based organisation working to approach issues relating to poverty and AIDS through simultaneous initiatives directed at individual families, community groups and communities as a whole.