Pastoral oversight in the coming months


The following are excerpts from an article written by Mrs Jo Yair the District’s Ministry & Mission Co-ordinator appearing in the August edition of the Shropshire & Marches Circuit Newsletter “Green Sock”. It can be read in its entirety at

“My role involves working alongside Circuits that have a significant minister shortage and helping them to continue to be church whether that be by encouraging and equipping the church body or by arranging members of a District team to be brought alongside churches, to hold and extend God’s work……………… I’m pleased to say that we have a plan that we are able to now share widely. Supernumerary ministers Rev. David Lavender and Rev. Don Pickard have very kindly offered to have pastoral oversight of Church Stretton and Clun Methodist Churches. Lay worker Deborah Wills will be offering a more intentional pastoral support role across the section with an emphasis on connecting with families that attend Messy Church particularly in Bishop’s Castle, Clun and Craven Arms. The media side to Deborah’s role will continue as before. We face difficult and challenging times but know that our God is a God of miracles and blessings. Jesus told the disciples…” I tell you the truth, if you have faith even as small as a mustard seed you could say to this mountain, move from here to there, and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” Matthew 17v20. …………………………………..
Peace and Blessings……… Mrs Jo Yair.”

The Rev. David Lavender recently retired from full ministerial duties with the Methodist Church and has already met with Stewards and representatives from our church. His home is in Madeley. He will be spending Wednesday of each week on pastoral duties here in Church Stretton and when able taking the morning’s service with Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month.