Methodist Women in Britain join Chester and
Stoke-on-Trent District’s Twinning Project with Peru
From times when our mothers were part of Women’s Work, Methodist women have always loved and supported the global church. When it was announced that Chester and Stoke-on-Trent District were considering twinning with the Methodist Church of Peru, Methodist Women in Britain (MWiB) felt that we had much to offer such a project.
We attended the initial meeting of people from around the district showing an interest, where the formation of a relationship with Methodists in Peru was enthusiastically endorsed. MWiB have long recognised that global relationship is about meeting in mutual partnership and enjoying friendships.
Friendships begin with personal introductions, so the group agreed that we would initially reach out using stories to say something about ourselves and our district. Read on for the greeting we have sent from MWiB.
Ruth and Sylvia send greetings from Methodist Women in Britain.....
We met thirty years ago and have been friends ever since. Women everywhere in Methodism share our story – meeting at a church women’s group and becoming friends. Although we are now in different parts of the Chester and Stoke-on-Trent District we meet up regularly, particularly whenever there is a District women’s event.
The organisation to which we both belong is called Methodist Women in Britain (MWiB) and through The World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women we are sisters to Methodist women in Peru to whom we send our love and greetings.
“For Women, for Justice, for Christ” sums up what is at the heart of MWiB and is the reason we are passionate about it. Both of us have accepted leadership roles within the church and within MWiB and both feel that the encouragement, support and love that we have received from our MWiB friends has helped us to achieve our potential. Sylvia is currently the District MWiB President and in June Ruth will become the MWiB President for the whole of Britain. That will be a day to celebrate!
We are both excited by using pilgrimage as a way of deepen -ing faith. Covid restrictions have interrupted our latest project, which is a pilgrimage from Chester Cathedral across our District to Lichfield Cathedral, a distance of 147 km (92 miles) which we are walking in stages.
Starting at the shrine of St Werbergh in Chester Cathedral, we had completed about a third of the total distance, when we had to postpone the next part of the pilgrimage because of the covid pandemic. We are finding it hard to wait for the time when we can continue through the Cheshire farmland to the industrial city of Stoke-on-Trent and then through the Staffordshire countryside to Lichfield.
We are eager to hear from our Peruvian sisters. We think we probably have much in common and we are keen to learn about how God is leading you through these uncertain times.
[From an article in Congleton Contact magazine, by Syliva & Ruth]