A Partnership Renewed

by Gerry Lynch last modified 12 Oct, 2015 01:46 PM

Anglicans and Methodists extend long-standing covenant in Broadmayne

The people of St Martin’s in Broadmayne and Broadmayne Methodist Church have renewed their long-standing covenant for another three years.

The Revd Dominic Doble, Rector of Broadmayne, and the Revd Steph Jenner, local Methodist Superintendent, led a service which took place partly in St Martin’s and partly in Broadmayne Methodist.

The renewal of the Covenant has particular poignancy in the 150th anniversary year of Broadmayne Methodist. While one can be blasé about ecumenism between Anglican and Methodists after decades of positive co-operation, 150 years ago it was a very different story. In Victorian times there was often serious hostility between the two denominations. We are indeed blessed to live in times where mutual recognition of and support for one another’s Christian witness is a given.

“There is great strength and a good message when different churches, or different parts of the one church, are seen to be working together”, beamed Dominic Doble after the service. Steph Jenner continued, “This agreement develops the previous one by being more of a statement of intent than a set of rules”.

The Covenant reads:

“Under God, as members of the body of Christ, guided by the Holy Spirit, we, the Parish Church of St. Martin's, Broadmayne and the Broadmayne Methodist Church, promise to work together, in continuation of the spirit of the Methodist and Anglican Covenants of 2003 and 2013.

- We will continue to develop worship together

- We will continue to develop discipleship together

- We will continue to develop our work within our community together

“The terms of this Covenant will be reviewed by St. Martin's Parochial Church Council and the Methodist Church Council every three years. We hope, wherever possible, that joint working between Broadmayne Methodist Church and the other Anglican Churches in the Watercombe Benefice will take place in the spirit of this agreement.”

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