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Come and meet and hear 

Rev'd Gareth Powell

Secretary of Conference 


Wonford Methodist Church


Saturday, 23rd September 2017

10 am (9.30 am coffee)  

Everyone expected!  Everyone welcome!




Methodists for World Mission Conference Report 
2-4th June 2017

There were around 110 delegates staying over the weekend with some extra day visitors on the Saturday, representing churches from across the connexion and the world.  This included some of the World Church Relationships team, returned mission partners and various people invited to speak on the issue of migrants and refugees.  We also met two lovely ladies attending on behalf of Methodist Women in Ireland and shared some wonderful times of fellowship and laughter with them both. 

The theme of this year’s conference at Swanwick was ‘Moving People, Moving Stories’ and focussed on the current situation with refugees and migrants around the world.  Anne Browse and myself attended on behalf of MWiB and hopefully this short report will give you just a flavour of what we experienced over the weekend and maybe encourage you to attend a future conference.

There was a creative and interesting programme for the children in attendance and they shared with us some of what they had been doing in the final session as they retold the story of Mary, Joseph and Jesus becoming refugees in Egypt using shadow puppets. 

On the Saturday and Sunday mornings we took part in a challenging Bible study led by Rev Dr Inderjit Bhogal who led us via recorded video teaching sessions on the theme of ‘Sanctuary.’  We learned so

mething of his own story of migration and of the work of the ‘City of Sanctuary’ movement and discussed various questions in small groups.  We were encouraged to think of how we can give sanctuary first of all to God by inviting him into our lives, then some practical ideas on how we can offer sanctuary as individuals and as churches, and show hospitality to the stranger and the visitor amongst us.