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We celebrated 200 years of Methodism in Wokingham over approximately 200 days with events that started on Friday 19th May.  Below is the list of events:

  1. 19th - 21st May  Exhibition in the Rose Room)
  2. 21st May Aldersgate Sunday  All Age Worship: Revd Catherine Bowstead – Birthday Cake
  3. 24th June  Hog Roast at WADE
  4. 25th June  Guest preacher: Revd Linda Woollacott
  5. 15th July  Desert Island Discs  A fun evening with local Castaways and a special historical guest
  6. 17th September  Harvest Festival: Revd Catherine Bowstead - Service followed by a lunch
  7. 15th October  Guest preacher: Revd David Lawton
  8. 2nd & 3rd December  Festival of Trees and Angels

All profits from the events will be given to the Methodist Church in Haiti.

Charity chosen for the Anniversary

As most of you will know, during our 200th Anniversary year we have been raising funds to send to the Methodist Church in Haiti. Why did we select this as our chosen charity?

When we started to think about how we would celebrate our 200th anniversary, we discovered that the Methodist church in Haiti was also 200 years old this year. In 2010, Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake, and in 2016 was hit by Hurricane Matthew causing severe damage and loss of life. Further extensive flooding has occurred this year due to Hurricane Irma. It was therefore decided that any money raised during the year would be sent to Haiti, to assist in the recovery operation needed in the health service and the educational services.

The Methodist charity All We Can has been active in Haiti, but we understand this is now concluding its support in this area.

Haiti Hurricane damageW
Hurricane damage
Haiti Clinic roof blown offW
Clinic roof blown off by hurricane

Funding however is still needed, and to ensure that the money raised is used as originally intended we will be sending it to the Methodist Church World Mission Fund (allocated to Haiti) who are still actively supporting the health needs and training of staff in the community.

We have been in contact with Sharon and John Harbottle, a teacher and a GP who are volunteers working as British Mission Partners sent by the World Church Relationships team of the Methodist Church in Britain to work with the Eglise Methodiste d'Haiti (Haitian Methodist Church). They have served in Haiti since 2002. John is helping the church to improve its health care facilities via its twelve community clinics, delivering primary medical care, immunisation, and advising on nutrition and sanitation.

Haiti Inspecting flood damageW
Inspecting flood damaged consulting room
Haiti Sorting replaced medical suppliesW
Sorting replaced medical supplies

Sharon, as a former RE teacher, works in the Christian Education department producing Sunday school books, training 300 local preachers and youth leaders, and producing devotional material for fellowship groups – in the local Creole language as well as formal French.

Haiti Wood for new classroom ceilingW
Wood (in corner) ready for a new classroom ceiling

They have written about their work on the Methodist Church in Britain website: http://www.methodist.org.uk/our-work/our-work-worldwide/world-church/caribbean-the-americas/haiti/

Kate & Malcolm Souter

Report: 200th Anniversary Exhibition

ExhibitionThe successful '200' exhibition over the three days 19-21 May proved to be of great interest to its visitors.  Copies of former Trust Deeds and Trustee lists were available to view as well as photos from the late 1800s right through to the present day.  Newspaper cuttings, programmes and magazines were also on display, alongside an 18ft long timeline of events in the life of our church from 1817 to 2017.  The tablecloths embroidered with names of church members, which dated from 1950s onwards, were also a big draw, with people trying to find both their own names and those of old friends, bringing back memories of all those who have been associated with Wokingham Methodist Church over many years.

Dorothy Adams