I was brought up in the Methodist Church from childhood and have been a member from a teenager. Although I was moved about the south of England during my career in trustee and executor banking, whenever we moved we had to find somewhere with a Methodist Church and a Sainsbury's, although not necessarily in that order!
I lived in Wokingham in the mid-1970s and then returned in 1986. Both sons went to St Crispin's and are now married and living in Leicestershire and York. In 2003 Ann died and four years later I married Kate and acquired two teenage children! Following redundancy/retirement from the bank I worked for 8 years with a local firm of solicitors, once again in the field of executorships and elderly clients but am now "properly" retired.
It seems difficult to believe that I have now been back at Wokingham Methodist Church for 30 years. During that time I have been Gift Aid Secretary, and still am unless anyone would like to take over, and have been a church steward with each of the three previous ministers. It is a privilege to be invited to be a church steward again.