Dr Pauline Webb was presented with a certificate marking her sixty years as a local preacher at a service of celebration which took place at Sudbury Methodist Church in the Wembley Circuit.
Friends from neighbouring circuits and beyond gathered on June 6th to honour Pauline and this remarkable milestone. Choirs from Sudbury and Harlesden Methodist Churches blessed the congregation with their contributions. The service was led by Revds Elaine Joseph and Kofi Tekyi-Ansah.
Video clips were presented by friends of Pauline giving the congregation just a taste of the rich variety of work she has offered as a Vice President of the Methodist Conference, Vice President of the World Council of Churches and Organiser of Religious Broadcasting for the BBC World Service. Her work in the WCC Program to Combat Racism and in working vigorously against apartheid as well as her effective campaigning for the ordination of women in the Methodist church were highlighted in a moving presentation.
The preacher for the service was Revd Michaela Youngson, Chair of the London District. Her theme was based on Jesus’ instruction to his disciples when sending them out in mission to ‘be as wise as serpents and innocent as doves’. Dr Webb had indeed demonstrated these qualities in the many ways she had proclaimed the Gospel through word and action. All disciples are given that same calling to go into the world, as sheep amongst wolves, and to use God-given courage to speak our message of love and justice.
Dr Webb was presented with a gift of a ‘Kindle’ so she remains committed to the uses of technology in sharing God’s words. As Andrew Worth, Circuit Steward said, ‘If Mr Wesley were alive today, he would use a Kindle!’.
This service was a fitting celebration of worship, prayer, enthusiastic singing and all to the Glory of God.
- Written by Michaela Youngson with photos by Gerry Davis