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REV TIM PERKINS
I came to the Circuit in 2008 with oversight of the churches at Burley in Wharfedale, Timble and Norwood. Since 2012 this has changed to Burley in Wharfedale, Addingham and, from September 2013, Menston. Further reorganisation took place in September 2016 and I now have pastoral charge of Menston and Burley in Wharfedale.
This is my second appointment as a Methodist Minister. I served for 7 years in the Newbury and Hungerford Circuit before moving north in 2008. I also have 4 years experience of lay work in the church in Clitheroe and Nottingham. My Ministerial training took place at Wesley House, Cambridge, where I gained an MA in Pastoral Theology. Prior to that I gained a Batchelor of Divinity degree from the University of Wales - Aberystwyth and spent a year studying at Cliff College.
I have been Leeds District Representative on the Methodist Council, and as such, was a member of both the District Leadership Team and the District Policy Committee.
I am married to Lyndsey, have 2 sons and and am an avid supporter of Leicester City Football Club!
Is one of fourteen churches within the newly formed Wharfedale & Aireborough Methodist Circuit, embracing Addingham, Ilkley, Ben Rhydding, Burley in Wharfedale, Menston, Bramhope, Norwood, Otley, Pool, Timble, Guiseley, Hawksworth, Rawdon and Yeadon.
The Circuit is divided into three 'clusters'. Menston is in the Western Cluster with Addingham, Christchurch Ilkley, Ben Rhydding, Burley in Wharfedale, and the Methodist Homes of Abbeyfield, Glen Rosa and Emmandjay Court. The Presbyters in charge of the Western Cluster are Rev Tim Perkins, Rev Vicky Atkins and Rev Roberta Topham. The Eastern Cluster comprises Bramhope, Guiseley, Yeadon, Otley & Rawdon. The Rural Cluster comprises the smaller Churches of Hawksworth, Pool, Norwood and Timble.
We are an active participant in the ecumenical Churches Together group within Menston and Burley-in-Wharfedale, working especially closely with St John's, our local Anglican church through the Anglican/Methodist Covenant.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Adopted by our General Church Meeting on 4 June 2015.
“Caring for all God's people through faith in Jesus Christ”
Our calling is to respond to the gospel of God's love in Christ, to live out our discipleship in worship and mission and to offer care and compassion to all God's people, locally and globally, through the power of God's Spirit.
Some of the ways this calling will be expressed are:
to create opportunities to study and pray together so that our experience and understanding of God are deepened and the love of Jesus grows more in us;
to share our faith in Jesus Christ with confidence and sensitivity through all that we do and say;
to ensure that the pastoral care we offer is appropriate and helpful for each individual who needs it;