COMMISSONING OF: MALCOLM COOK AS LAY PASTORAL WORKER

Are we nearly there yet?

Not a spare seat could be found at the Stibbard Methodist Church Centre on Sunday 12th February for an inspiring act of worship during which Malcolm Cook was commissioned by both Stibbard and Great Ryburgh Methodist Churches to serve as a Lay Pastoral worker. The worship was led by the minister of the church, the Reverend Andrew King, who spoke in his message on the theme “the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” (Matthew 9 verse 37).

The Rector of Stibbard, the Rev Veronica Wilson, also took part in the service and she offered the support and friendship of the Anglican Church to Malcolm in his new role. Andrew King led the act of commissioning with Malcolm, and representatives from the churches offered their right hand of fellowship. Malcolm was deeply moved by the love and appreciation shown, especially when a very close friend offered him a gift that he had made himself for Malcolm to mark the beginning of his new ministry.

A former President of the Methodist Church, the Rev Nigel Collison, has said that Methodism needs to encourage the idea of a Pastor in every local church. Ironically years ago Nigel Collison was Malcolm’s minister before coming to Norfolk! In Stibbard and Great Ryburgh, Malcolm under God’s guidance and with your love and prayers will endeavour to fulfil that role. Malcolm will visit people in the community, whether they are church goers or not, in offering pastoral care to all.

He is keen to visit residential homes and to liase with the local school; and to develop new ideas for the church, and to lead small groups and Bible Studies. Malcolm is also a Methodist Local (Lay) Preacher so he will continue to take services regularly in both chapels.

Most of all Malcolm will continue to support you in whatever way possible and to be your friend. If you would like to contact Malcolm he would be glad to talk to you on 01328 829324.

E-mail: info@stibbardmethodists.org.uk