John takes the helm

New President of BVCT and Inglewhite Pastor John Irwin with retiring President Dorothy Brewer
New President of BVCT and Inglewhite Pastor John Irwin with retiring President Dorothy Brewer

IT’S all change at the helm of Brock Valley Churches Together.

Inglewhite Church’s Pastor John Irwin has taken over as president from Mrs Dorothy Brewer, of Trinity Methodist Church, Goosnargh.

BVCT enjoyed a memorable year with Dorothy at the forefront and encouraging popular get-togethers, such as the sharing of regular worship and the hoe down at Claughton Memorial Hall.

She also encouraged everyone to share and deepen their faith through a Lent course and to take part in the summer trip to the Keswick Convention.

Dorothy said: “It has been an honour to be the president of Brock Valley Churches Together. The year has gone very quickly. BVCT has been going now for 21 years thanks to the Rev Alan Camp and friends, who had the inspiration and drive to get it going.

“I would like to thank those who have supported events, for example the Lent groups led by different church leaders; the enjoyable visit to the Keswick convention; and also a memorable and uplifting evening with Ann Marie Brewer singing secular and faith songs.

“I wish John Irwin – and also Maxine Pratt from Bleasdale, who is the vice-president – a happy and blessed year. I pray that we will all support John and I do ask churches to make sure members and friends know about the different events being arranged.”

As John took over, he said he anticipated a busy year all round. Many of the Brock Valley events will involve joining in with those of Preston Guild; also his own church is due to undergo a major development.

Looking forward to his term of office, he said: “This year we hope BVCT will be involved actively worshipping ‘The Living Christ’ alongside all the churches involved in Preston Guild.”

Thanking Dorothy for all her work throughout the year, he said that while members of BVCT worshipped in different styles, they all had the same faith in the “Risen Christ.”

The inauguration ceremony of John as BVCT president took place during the special service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity held at Inglewhite Church. A collection raised £180 for Preston Guild.