Rev. Richard Atkinson, our new Minister and Superintendent Minister for our Vale of Aylesbury Circuit, and his wife Louise, were welcomed at a special service on Saturday, August 25th.
Rev'd. Canon Helen D Cameron, Chair of the Northampton District of the Methodist Church preached the sermon based on the calling and support of 'the servant of the Lord'. After welcomes from District, Circuit, and the Aylesbury church, Richard was welcomed by the Town Mayor and by the Acting Chairman of the Town Centre Chaplaincy. Following a warm and humorous response, Richard led the service of holy communion, assisted by the District Chair and Circuit colleagues Rev. Donna-Marie Broadbent-Kelly and Rev. Keith Edwards.
Supporters of Richard from his former Circuit in Skipton had made the journey south. They enjoyed tea and cake in the hall afterwards, where many people had the opportunity to personally welcome Richard and Louise.
The appointment officially begins on Sunday 1st September when Richard will be leading the 10.30am communion service at Buckingham Street.