There are almost 10,000 Methodist members in the Leeds District, and they belong to 118 local churches, grouped into 8 circuits. The District Chair, the Revd Liz Smith , chairs the District Synod and oversees the life of the District.
Leeds Methodist District registered Charity No 1139797
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MWiB Summer Supper
About 65 women from around the District enjoyed a three course home-cooked meal held at Cross Gates Methodist Church in May. The guest speaker was Zoe Smith, who is on the staff of ‘Caring for Life’ at Cookridge. She spoke very movingly about the work they do, giving a home and work to people with a variety of disabilities who are all in need of care. She told how the work continued to expand – there is the Granary Cafe, Restaurant and Shop and other areas include conservation, gardening, horticulture, farming and the equestrian project. A retiring collection for Caring for Life amounted to £200.
MWiB Summer Festival
The festival was held at Gracious Street Methodist Church, Knaresborough in June. The District President, Mrs Pam Turner, led the worship, which included the welcome to Mrs Doreen Whittaker as Vice-President and also as representative on the MWiB Connexional Forum. The Revd Brian Hoare played the organ.
Instead of having a speaker, we decided to ‘Do it ourselves’. This included a financial report from Mrs Rosemary Williams. There was a short report from Mrs Nancy Reed about the European Seminar of the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women held in Rome in early June. It was attended by 150 women from 25 countries, and five of us went from the Leeds District. The Seminar included Key note speakers, Bible Studies, Drama based on child abuse and prostitution, work shops and social activities. On the Sunday morning, we were all made very welcome in churches across Rome. This was followed by a tour around the city.
Pam interviewed Josie Burdon, our retiring Forum representative, about the work she had been involved in over the last three years. The Forum is composed of one representative from each District together with the Connexional officers. It is responsible for the organisation of MWiB. There has been input into its constitution, aims and the task groups and initiatives it will undertake, and input into how money is spent and donations are given. Pam then asked Doreen Whittaker about her future role as Forum Representative. She said that she was apprehensive but excited about her involvement. She said the Methodist Women in Britain was a good organisation to be part of; women have the opportunity to make their voices heard and make a difference.
Retiring officers were thanked and were presented with gifts. They were Mrs Christine Baker (past President and Vice-President), Mrs Josie Burdon (Forum representative) and Mrs Nancy Reed (Secretary). Mrs Gillian Healy ws introduced as the new District Secretary.
Afternoon tea followed the service.
In the attached photo from left to right are Mrs Pam Turn, Mrs Doreen Whittaker and Mrs Josie Burdon.