Ray Anglesea, minister of St Andrew’s Dawson Street Local Ecumenical Partnership reports
It was a wonderful and exciting day when the present moderator of the URC General Assembly together with his wife paid a pastoral visit to the chapel, the first such visit in the life of the LEP. The Revd Kevin Watson explored with 64 year 4 students from Crook Primary School, their teachers and teaching assistants, the Pentecost Story. He later prayed with the children and blessed them and their teachers.
An exhibition showcasing some of the chapel’s mission projects and reports was shown to the moderator.
Chapel elders, stewards and friends were later introduced to the moderator over a cup of coffee. On hand to greet him was a surprise visit from the Revd Chris Humble, the new West Durham Methodist Circuit Superintendent elect, the URC Northern Synod Clerk, Melanie Campbell, together with retired URC and Methodist ministers, the Revds Ruth Crofton, Robert Fisher and David Hall.
Welcome messages were also conveyed to the moderator from the Revd Ruth Gee, Chair, Darlington Methodist District, the Revd Dave Herbert, URC Northern Synod Moderator, Revd Vince Fenton, Anglican Priest, Crook and Judith Bainbridge, West Durham Methodist Circuit Steward. Many of our congregational members and friends gave Kevin and his wife a warm reception and conversations quickly developed
The chapel were honoured by the Assembly Moderator’s visit and grateful that Revd Kevin Watson took time out of his busy national and international schedule to visit the LEP.
Thank you Kevin and Lynne for coming to see us.