Minister: Rev Peter Barnett
AT KINGSTON WESLEY Methodist Church we continue to enjoy celebrations for our Centenary year. In April, we had the much anticipated visit from the Rev. Vinaya Moses, his wife Clementia and son Ku John who all contributed to the Sunday morning service, and in the evening Rev Moses preached at the Circuit Service.
May brought the welcome return of the Rev. Margaret Lee, and in June we experienced a very uplifting service with Deacon Ian Cartwright and the Circuit Youth band.
July was very special to the hearts of the congregation, as we celebrated Uniformed Organisations weekend with our very own Ernest and Margaret Addicott. Ernest and Margaret attended Sunday school, church, Boys’ Brigade and Guides at Kingston Wesley. Both went on to serve the Lord overseas, Ernie flying for the Methodist Relief Fund in Africa and Margaret establishing safe houses for the many sick and disadvantaged women in India. Brother and Sister have always been shining examples of faith to us at Kingston Wesley, and their address of faith growing from tiny seeds really held the congregation. It was lovely too, to see old friends, former members of the congregation and the Youth Organisations who made the effort to come to the service form different parts of the country.
Our August event had been 100 years of weddings and featured wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and photographs and memorabilia from every decade from 1910 to the present day. It was a truly magnificent display and our service was led by Rev David Mullins. He and his wife Louise met and married at Kingston Wesley and this made the event even more significant.
September saw two special events , our flower festival with Rev Lansford Penn -Timity and the Vice President of conference visited.
Harvest festival was held in October and the service was led by Rev Virginia Ramsey.
Rev Ray Coates took us through remembrance day in November and we rounded the year off with our Christmas tree Festival in December.
Congregations merge September 2016
This Church year saw the merging of the congregations of Bilton Grange with Kingston Wesley. After their last service together as a church family at Bilton Grange on 21st August, the congregation of members and friends moved to Kingston Wesley for a well attended joint lunch. We provided a lovely spread ably organised by Madge. It was heartening to meet with our friends from Bilton Grange and St. Philip’s. A new chapter has opened for us all and we will work together to make it a success.