Let me start by saying that this is now my 6th & final year as Rep, so we are praying that a successor will be found! If you know/are a possible candidate, please ring Delphine -01539 737305. Thank-you.
It has been a busy year for MWiB nationally, as indicated in my last report to Synod in May, where I listed future events, all now past. The highlight was the Paul Field Concert in London, to celebrate the culmination of the Dalit Project- an amazing and blessed event with guests from the CNI present, as they also were at the opening of the MWiB Exhibition of artefacts at Epworth Old Rectory; another wonderful occasion, with Jill Barber as special guest. Jude Simms is now leading on Communications for MWiB, following her trip to Houston for the World Federation Conference of Methodist Women, along with 55+ women from these isles! The MWiB sponsored Focus Group w/e in Windermere, to discuss resources for the visually impaired, was most fruitful, under the guidance of “Shoreline Conversations”. We were also inundated with entries for the Julie Hulme Memorial Writing Competition – wonderful. Applications for Empowerment Gifts and SCA Grants are again being welcomed, so please do visit the website www.mwib.org.uk for details. MWiB Forum meets again in October at Swanwick, where we will welcome new Reps, who this time will have undertaken a two day induction to help them in their new role. Jill Baker (Connexional Vice-President for 2017/18) led another Lindisfarne Pilgrimage in August and is considering a Scottish Pilgrimage. Jill is also booked to lead the MWiB Area Conference at Rydal Hall in July 2017, which we are pleased to be hosting and is entitled- “Pilgrims on a Journey”.
Margaret’s report highlights our District news, whilst mine gives a flavour of the National Scene. There are also many active groups/individuals beavering away under the banner of MWiB, which is open to all.
We value all support of MWiB and are keen to engage with women wherever they may be through Annual reports, Newsletters(National & District), emails & website , personal contact & MWiB meetings!! So:-
A Few Future Events in Cumbria & Nationally. Do visit www.mwib.org.uk
Autumn Day 11th October at Penrith with Rev Teal & Commissioning of the Leadership Team
World Federation Day Oct 29th, at Rowbarton MC, Taunton; “ A Taste of Texas”. Houston feedback !!
Thornleigh Residential, Nov 7th-9th at Grange with guest lead Angie Mills formerly of Capernwray.
2017 Events eg Spring Meeting at Arnside March 14th & Creativity Day May 20th 2017 at Warrington.
Swanwick Conference with Bishop Rosemarie Wenner; March 31st- April 2nd (free places available)