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  1. Published on: 02/08/2022 07:04 AMReported by: rogerblaxall
    A popular Methodist minister's retirement was marked with a celebratory tea and presentation last weekend.

    In 2007 Stephen Foster joined the old Ormskirk Circuit. He had previously been an MLA (Minister in Local Appointment) looking after a Church in the Clitheroe Circuit while at the same time working full time as a journalist in Rochdale.

    With changes in the Circuit, including the formation of the Lancashire West Circuit, Stephen has had care of Croston, Holmes, Mawdesley and Trinity Skelmersdale churches.

    Celebrations were held at Burscough Methodist church on Sunday last; i
    n Methodist speak Stephen has been given permission to 'sit down' or retire from the active ministry and become a Supernumerary Minister, a title replacing the term 'worn out ministers' used in the early days of the Methodist Church!

    He's moving to Ormskirk and hopes to continue playing an active part in church life.

    *QLocal reporter Roger Blaxall's been a friend of Stephen since the pair trained together back in 1975 at Oakham Court, Preston with the former United Newspapers. The pair kept in touch down the years - so a very happy retirement Stephen! One other well known alumni of the course, Mike West, still freelances with the BBC and is best known for reading the football results every Saturday evening on 'Final Score'.
     

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