The Methodist Church in Stoke Road, Gosport will be celebrating its centenary throughout 2010.
Among the special guests taking part in the celebrations is Lord Leslie Griffiths of Pembrey and Burry Port. Lord Griffiths is a Methodist minister, Labour peer and broadcaster, well known to listeners of Radio 4’s “Thought For The Day”. He is a Knight of the Order of St. John and an Honorary Canon of St. Paul’s Cathedral. He was President of the Methodist Conference 1994-1995. Among his interests he lists laughter and fellowship as well as literature, theology and sport. Lord Griffiths will be leading the evening service on Sunday, 11th July 2010 at 6:00pm.
Also joining us in the celebrations will be The Reverend David Gamble. The Revd David Gamble has been elected President of the Methodist Conference for 2009-2010.
David is currently Coordinating Secretary for Legal and Constitutional Practice handling issues ranging from discipline to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults. He served as a minister in two North Yorkshire Circuits, Tadcaster and York (South), before becoming Children’s Secretary for the Division of Education and Youth and then General Secretary for the Division. He has also been the Church’s Secretary for Pastoral Care and Personal Relationships addressing family concerns such as divorce and domestic violence. David’s vision is of a church that is outward looking, engaged in wider society, willing to challenge injustice wherever it occurs, passionately committed to those who are or feel excluded. David says; ‘I feel honoured to be elected for this role and hope to help the Church to answer the questions the people are asking about issues that matter to them in all areas of life. The Church has to respond to people’s needs and concerns if we are ever to speak truth in a mixed-up world’. The President will be leading our evening service on Sunday, 20th June 2010 at 3:00pm
The Gosport Methodist Church will also welcome back The Reverend John Maddern as he makes a special visit from his home in Australia. Reverend Maddern spent three years as the Minister at Stoke Road between 2003 and 2006.
A full list of events with dates and times can be found here. (You will need Adobe Reader) and also on the Hantsweb site.