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As we are gathered

The history of Methodism is a story of transformation, evangelism, worship and action for social justice that has helped to shape the society – and indeed the world – that we live in. This rich history, of which All We Can is proud to be a part, would not have been possible without the other great cornerstone of Methodism: the meeting!

John Wesley was many things – an inspirational preacher, a committed disciple, a passionate reader and interpreter of scripture, a social reformer – but, crucially, he was also an organiser. It is partly due to his remarkable ability to set up Class Meetings and Methodist Societies and facilitate gatherings around the country that we owe the existence of Methodism today.

John Wesley demonstrated the potential that is present when people gather together. The potential to change the world.

Since joining All We Can last year, it has been my pleasure to participate in the exciting work already happening in support of the charity in parts the north of England.  I have met many inspiring people working in their churches, circuits and districts, who are expressing their love and concern for our poorest global neighbours through supporting and promoting the work of All We Can.

What I have begun to recognise is that one of the most effective, most fun – and arguably, most Methodist – things we can do is to come together in love and work together on the task of bringing about change.  It is in this spirit, therefore, that I will be running a series of gatherings in the North-East of England for volunteers, supporters and people who want to learn more about All We Can – an organisation born from Methodism with an ambitious vision to see communities transformed and every person’s potential fulfilled. We will hear stories from All We Can’s work in some of the world’s poorest communities, share how local churches are engaging with those stories and reflect on how All We Can’s work can relate to our own communities, churches and circuits.

Are you willing to represent your church or circuit at a regional gathering in the North-East?  If so, I would be delighted to hear from you – my details are below.

As we seek to build a world where everyone can flourish, may it begin with our gatherings as committed and eager activists.  As we meet, let’s take inspiration from the words of anthropologist, Margaret Mead:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Tim Baker: t.baker@www.allwecan.org.uk / 01977 616828 / 07748200424

About the Author Tim Baker

Tim works at All We Can as Churches and Volunteers Manager and is based in Yorkshire. In this role, he leads the Churches team, speaks at events and leads worship, helping to raise awareness and support for All We Can's inspiring work. Tim is a lifelong Methodist and spent his younger years in the south Caribbean as part of a family of mission partners.

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