There are almost 10,000 Methodist members in the Leeds District, and they belong to 117 local churches, grouped into 8 circuits. The District Chair, the Revd Liz Smith , chairs the District Synod and oversees the life of the District.
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Presidential & Vice Presidential Visit
The President and Vice-President of Conference visited the Leeds Methodist District on 11th and 12th November. They worked together on the Wednesday to provide a very stimulating study day on the theme of “The Church and Mental Illness”; and on the Tuesday, the President was one of the key note speakers at St Anne’s Roman Catholic Cathedral for a seminar on Ecumenism, marking the 50th anniversary of the Vatican II Papal Encyclical Unitatis Redintegratio.
In his paper for the seminar, the President, the Revd Ken Howcroft, drew on his knowledge of the Vatican II documents Lumen Gentium and Unitatis Redintegratio, as well as bringing the insights of his own Methodist tradition. The seminar was followed by Ecumenical Vespers at the Cathedral, at which the President read the lesson, and the Vice President was in the congregation. The evening concluded with the President and Vice President being among the ecumenical guests at an evening dinner hosted by the Roman Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, who were meeting at Hinsley Hall, the former Headingley Methodist Theological College. In the after dinner speeches, the Catholic Bishops were invited to stand to drink a toast to their ecumenical guests. In response, the Revd Dr David Cornick, (General Secretary of Churches Together in England) one of the other key note speakers in the afternoon, asked the ecumenical guests to stand to drink a toastto the Roman Catholic Bishops of England and Wales!
On Wednesday, the District Ministerial Synod was held as a study day on the theme of the Church and Mental Illness. In the morning session the Vice-President, Ms Gill Dascombe, gave a presentation on the history of mental health treatment, a summary of how the brain works, and a review of attitudes towards mental illness. This was followed by questions and discussion. In the afternoon session the President Revd Ken Howcroft, led a bible study on the Gerasene Demoniac (Mark 5:1-20). The study drew on an understanding of the text in terms of its own context and language, with an application of our understanding of the symptoms of schizophrenia to the man in the story. Again this presentation was following by a stimulating time of question and discussion.
The day was concluded with the President and Vice-President sharing together in the ministry of Word and Sacrament, with the Vice-President preaching effectively and movingly, and the President presiding at Holy Communion in a meaningful and dignified manner. This was an excellent day for the ministers of the District, and combined the gifts and talents of the president and vice-president in a very creative and stimulating manner, that benefitted us all.
Wharfedale and Aireborough Methodist Circuit vacancy
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