Minister’s Letter

  Rev Robert Roberts     

 Transitions – so natural, they’re already taking place

Hello White Woman Lane Methodist Community,

It’s time to start thinking about shifting from summer to autumn. Before we know it, the leaves on the trees will start to change from green to vibrant red, orange or gold. The length of our days has already moved on from those late evening sunsets of June. And the heat of summer will soon be only a memory. Personally, too, I’m slowly transitioning back to fulltime after my heart attack in the summer.

On the first of September we began a new Methodist year. Our new Conference President, Revd Michaela Youngson, and Vice President, Bala Gnanapragasam, began their journeys throughout the Connexion and the world. For us, our Harvest Festival and Section worship service planning is already underway, too.

Just last July, I transferred my membership to The British Methodist Church, as my wife, Rev’d Deborah Caulk, was ordained in the Methodist Church. Also, in July I made the Circuit aware I will be moving-on, as my 5 years as a Norwich Circuit minister ends in August of 2019, itinerating to my next appointment somewhere in British Methodism.

This moving-on process, too, has already begun with both me and the church writing up profiles that will be used by others in October to get to know who we are and find out what we share in common.

Transitions are natural and naturally emotional. Thank you for all your prayers for my well-being and a speedy recover. Thank you for all that we’ve shared as individuals and community. Let our next year together prepare us all for what lies ahead.

May the God of grace, forgiveness and love be known to us ALL.

Rev Robert