A welcome service for Rev. David Alford and family was held online on Sunday 6th September at 4pm with the District chair Rev. Rachel Parkinson providing an address on Romans 13 v.8 "Owe no one anything, except to love one another". The service led by members of the Circuit staff team also welcomed ecumenical visitors including the Mayor - councillor David Stanley, MP Marco Longhi and David Gallimore on behalf of Churches Together in Dudley.
As part of the service David was officially welcomed to the Circuit and made promises to commit to the responsibilty for the life and work of the Circuit as its new Superintendent Minister.
Hello to you all!
I would like to thank you for the warm Black Country welcome we have received on our return home. It’s a real pleasure and blessing to arrive back in the Dudley area and a privilege to become your new Superintendent Minister. Myself, Diane and Elizabeth return to the area having lived here twice before. Diane and I were married in Dudley on the first occasion and Elizabeth was born in Wordsley Hospital. Then, the second time I was stationed in the Vale of Stour or Stour-valley as it was named, on the second occasion of living here.
This time, I return in unusual and unprecedented times, but we return with enormous enthusiasm and joy. We consider Dudley as our home and are overjoyed to be once again living here after eight years in Birmingham. As a Black Country lad and family, we are very proud Black Country folk who believe this is the best place on earth. So this is our starting point to hopefully, prayerfully and God willing will have a really successful and life enhancing time together.
Reverend David, Diane and Elizabeth Alford