As July approaches, it is with sad hearts that we prepare to say farewell to Rev Ben Clowes and his family. There is no doubt that they will be greatly missed when Ben takes up his new post as Superintendent of the Nidd Valley Circuit. Co-Superintendent Rev Rob Cotton expressed how many of us feel when he said, “I have greatly valued Ben’s creativity, administrative efficiency and his great energy in getting things done, but most of all, I appreciate his friendship and for being a ‘man of God’. He has sustained ministry effectively over a period of ten years during some challenging times and as a Circuit, I feel that we owe him a great debt of gratitude.”
The Clowes Family arrived in Alderley Edge in 2007 with Ben fresh from Theological College in Manchester. During his ten years within the circuit, Ben has ministered at various times at Alderley Edge, Mottram St Andrew, Over Peover, the David Lewis Centre, and The Welcome. In his time Alderley Edge have repaired the Spire and East Gable of the church, started several new initiatives including two housegroups (Church on the Edge), a discussion group in Costa Coffee, been involved in 7 school groups, worked with Mottram as they have developed and grown in the light of them being the only church in the village and overseen the transformation of The Welcome from a Circuit Project into a fully-fledged Church and independent Charity. Catherine has been greatly involved in Children's work and music, specifically at Alderley Edge but has also supported the church's work across the circuit.
In completing 10 years in the village, Ben is the longest serving Methodist minister in the history of Alderley Edge. Ben and Catherine, along with the boys Sam (18 years old) and Joel (14 years old), will leave in the summer as Ben takes up his new post in the Nidd Valley Circuit with specific responsibility for two churches in the Harrogate area. Ben said, “It has been a privilege to work alongside so many wonderful people and to see God so clearly at work in so many places”. His farewell service will take place on at 6:30 pm on Sunday 23 July at Alderley Edge Methodist Church.
Rev. Scott Manning and Family
1 September 2016
...have arrived in Mobberley. Scott is the new minister for Mobberley Methodist Church.
Scott writes ‘I have a real passion for the local church. It was through a strong local church that I invited the Lord Jesus to be my saviour in 1995.
I entered the ministry in 2001 and have focused on building strong Local churches that reach people for Jesus, helping them to become true disciples, who as a community invest in Social projects.
I believe a church needs to be proactive and focused on "every member being a minister". This way the body can be effective in fulfilling the great commission.’
Scott has been the Senior Minister at Trinity Springs Methodist Church in the Johannesburg area of South Africa for almost ten years and has also cared for smaller rural churches such as Mataliele and Cedarville Methodist Churches (2003-6). He has also founded, established and Chaired Springscare in 2010, with the aim of reaching, restoring and equipping those who need a helping hand the most, through various community care projects. Scott has built some strong teams to do great work in local communities.
Scott’s wife Jenny enjoys ministering to the elderly through pastoral visiting of those who are housebound. Natalie (15) is a gifted artist, whilst Andrew (13) and Sean (10) are both talented cricket players. It is hoped that they will attend Knutsford Academy.
Scott has been blessed in following God's call on his life and we are pleased that he and the family are settling well in their new home. As a Circuit we welcome them and will support them with our love and prayers. We promise to do this in the Welcome Service on Sunday 4th September 7pm. Please do make this a priority in your diaries.
Julie King, Lay Pastor for The Welcome
1 September 2016
Julie writes ... 'I began my role in April last year, with organisation and performance of The Longridge Passion. Over 60 people saw us reenact the story of Jesus’ last week on earth. This led to many conversations and a real boost to the start of my role.
My role is varied and encompasses a wide range of day to day activities, I was commissioned in my role on Easter Day – outside our empty tomb.
Working on the estate can be very challenging and one of the things I have had to do is gain people’s trust. The people are very wary of Church and outside agencies, but through holding these sessions and conversations this has happened and I now have 60 children on the ‘books’ – and throughout the school holidays – we regularly have 20 children plus parents, carers etc attending.'