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Methodist Probationer's Retreat

Methodist Probationer Ministers from the London District, Bedfordshire, Essex & Hertfordshire District, and South East District gathered at the All Saints Pastoral Centre in London Colney from 29th-31st January, 2008 for their Annual Retreat.All Saints Pastoral centre Gathered with them were their District Chairman and Secretaries.

Under the title "Ministry, Mission and Culture", New Way contributed workshops on Small Christian Community and Mutual Ministry during the first day.

This was followed on the second day by Graham Horsley of the Methodist Connexional Team leading a session on Culture and Mission and also giving the participants an experience of Café Church.

The diversity amongst the 20 Probationers was remarkable; from Britain, Zimbabwe, the Caribbean and South Africa. No less diverse was the nature of their ministries in rural Essex and Kent, suburban market towns, and deprived inner city communities. That diversity of experience provided a creative environment for conversation and learning which was full of energy and enthusiasm.

It was a privilege to be part of the event and a great learning experience for New Way.

Stephen Rymer



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