Over 170 people from as far away as Scotland braved the snow and ice to reach Abbey Hill in time for the Ordination and Induction Service. Revd Roy Lowes, Moderator of the West Midland Synod, presided over the service. The address was given by Revd Dr John Campbell who had been the Principal of Northern College, Manchester when Mhari was training there.His message to Mhari and Abbey Hill Fellowship was:
Be Honest with each other for God
Take risks in what you do with God
Don’t be boring and normal – seize God’s moment
After the service the congregation slid their way into the schoolrooms and devoured the waiting repast with much friendly chatter. Eventually the hardworking team cleared everything and everyone away.
Mhari turned up bright and early next morning to take the Sunday service. Afterwards she followed everyone into the hall for coffee and found waiting a huge cake which she cut into. whilst it was being served Junior Church Children presented her with a ‘Welcome’ card which contained all their photos.
That evening Mhari turned out again to help escort the Churches-Together-in-Kenilworth Lantern to the Elim Church and then to St Nicholas where she handed it over as part of the Week of Christian Unity Service. Then more coffee and at last all home to rest after a very eventful weekend.