METHODISTS from across the area welcomed two new members of staff at a special service recently.

St Andrew’s, Skipton, was packed to welcome Revd Andrew Webb as the new Superintendent.

He and his wife, Sarah, will live in the Skipton manse and have pastoral charge of St Andrew’s and Trinity. He will also look after the links with Kettlewell.

Andrew has a new post for the district, becoming the Rural Lead. In addition to his duties as a Methodist presbyter, Andrew will also be authorised to serve the URC members and be invited to Yorkshire Synod events.

He was welcomed by Tim Crossley, Clerk to the Yorkshire Synod, and Revd Kevin Watson, the Moderator of the Synod.

Andrew comes to Skipton after long experience in the Methodist Church and from his last posting in the Ribble Circuit.

He said: "I like to live life to the full and alongside my work in the church I enjoy gardening, walking, running, food - both cooking and eating! - films and theatre. I am looking forward to working alongside the local church communities as we explore what it means to know and share God's love in today's world."

Revd Tracey Darling was welcomed as the new Methodist minister in Grassington and her responsibilities will include churches in Embsay, Hetton, Long Preston, Malham and Bradley. This is Tracey’s first appointment and she has moved to the area, from Hampshire, with her family.

Tracey said: "Most of my working life has been spent supporting software development as a Business Analyst and Project Manager.

"I have been training part-time for the Methodist ministry at Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham, for three years and am looking forward to beginning my ministry in the Skipton and Grassington Circuit, joining in where God is already at work.”

Both ministers were welcomed by Revd Kerry Tankard, the new Chair of the Yorkshire West Methodist District, who also preached at the service.

Cllr Paul Whittaker, Chairman of Craven District Council, welcomed Andrew and Tracey on behalf of the District Council and the parishes in the area.

Representatives of other churches and organisations also extended a welcome.