Workington minister sets retirement date
Last updated at 12:06, Friday, 04 October 2013
The main Methodist church minister serving Workington and Maryport is to retire next August.
The successor to the Rev Nicola Reynolds will be Richard Skinner, an experienced minister from near Manchester who was due to arrive in Cumbria today.
Both will conduct services on the Solway Circuit until Ms Reynolds officially steps down as superintendent minister next year.
Ms Reynolds, 63, will then take more of a back seat role but will continue to work under the direction of Mr Skinner as an unpaid or supernumerary minister.
She said: “Like all clergy we don’t cease to be a minister, we are just not paid any more and become supernumerary ministers.
“I will still be taking funerals and weddings, whatever Richard needs me to do.”
Originally from Croydon, near London, she worked as a careers advisor and unpaid methodist minister in Somerset before joining the Solway Circuit which includes congregations in Dearham, Maryport, Workington, Harrington and Great Clifton.
Ms Reynolds, who has been in full time ministry in Cumbria since 2001, now lives at Prospect, near Aspatria, after leaving the Methodist manse at Meadow Vale in Seaton vacant for her replacement.
She said retirement would allow her time to pursue her hobbies of writing poetry and restoring furniture.
First published at 12:02, Friday, 04 October 2013
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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