Mrs Kathryn Ogden – Circuit Steward (Personnel)
I would like to introduce myself. My name is Kathryn and I have been a circuit steward for 8 years. My particular responsibility is personnel so I am involved in stationing, re-invitations and the recruitment and management of our lay workers.
For over 50 years I attended Worsley Methodist Church. Since its closure in October 2011 I transferred my membership to Boothstown Church where I thoroughly enjoy worshipping in a full church with all ages present. I am married to Charles who is a worship leader there.
Before retiring I was a teacher and have worked in primary and secondary schools. My final post was running a resource for children with speech and language disorders within a primary school. A challenging but very rewarding experience.
I am a school governor and a member of the committee of Worsley village community association. In any time I have left I enjoy holidays, reading, walking and supporting my favourite rugby league team – Swinton Lions.
Mrs Dawn Lancashire – Circuit Steward (Spirituality & Prayer)
Hi I’m Dawn, a ‘recycled’ circuit steward with responsibility for Spirituality & Prayer – a huge, challenging, but creative task! Prayer really does make a difference!
I am a worship leader at Walkden Methodist, where kitchen work and waitressing at Saturday coffee, the monthly Community Lunch & ‘Drop In’ are some of the activities that keep me busy.
Since retiring from headship I have been actively involved in education – particularly as a governor at Westleigh Methodist School.
I wear several ‘District hats’.
I am passionate about Phakamisa, which uplifts and empowers people from impoverished communities around Pinetown, South Africa, and am a trustee of Phakamisa UK.
I enjoy reading, gardening (pruning is very therapeutic!) and have loved the opportunities to travel widely.
Mrs Susan Beswick – Circuit Steward
I’m Susan Beswick and an Elder at Christ Church, Little Lever, where I have worshipped for nearly forty years. I feel humbled and privileged to be called to the Ministry of Circuit Steward and am just trusting God to help me play my part as a member of the Leadership Team. I won’t have a specific role initially but hope to shadow and gain experience from Dawn and Kathryn who are very committed and gifted in their responsibilities for developing prayer and spiritual awareness and personnel matters. Wow! What a daunting and challenging task (way out of my comfort zone)!
I have been blessed with three lovely children and five beautiful grandchildren and am passionate about the way we welcome, support and encourage each other through our Pastoral Care at Church. Prayer is a vital part of my daily journey of Faith and I have recently been on a silent retreat ‘Light out of Darkness’ which has been an overwhelming encounter with God’s unconditional Love. Fellowship and Bible Study have also been a major part of my Discipleship and I would encourage everyone to set time aside during the week to explore and share together what God is trying to teach us.
I’m trusting in God as I step out in Faith on this new adventure and I feel really blessed and encouraged to know I am being held in prayer by so many of you.
Mrs H Bolton
I’m Helen, another ‘recycled’ Circuit Steward. I was Circuit Treasurer but have returned to support the Stewards in whatever capacity I can; including our Treasurer, Ian Lord. I also support a charity treasurer and some of the Church Treasurers as well as working as an Independent Examiner.
I am currently supporting the team at Wharton & Cleggs Lane as they move towards building a new church and community centre. To be able to do this effectively I have become a Church Council member and trustee. My home Church is Kearsley Mount where I have worshipped for over 30 years and been Treasurer, Church Council member and trustee for not much less. I am also heavily involved in the property side including bookings, licenses, health & safety and safeguarding.
My work life was also around figures, which you may have worked out I love. I also enjoy organising which comes in handy. I have worked as a photographer, in business accounts, as a Maths teacher and lastly as an assessor, teacher and verifier in work based learning. I have a passion for teaching and supporting people so enabling then grow and achieve, particularly against the odds.
Not only I am blessed in what I do, I’m also blessed to be a Wife to Dave, Mother to Mike (his wife Louise) and Chris (his wife Lynsey), Daughter to Don, and Nannan to James.
I look forward to continue to follow God along the path he leads me, especially in these challenging and exciting times.
God Bless you all
Mr Alan Hartley – Circuit Property Steward