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MinisterRoberta Topham 2017

Hello. My name is Roberta Topham and I am new to Ilkley having just started as Minister in September 2017.

Already, I know that there is lots going on at Christchurch with something, hopefully, for everyone.

Since Christchurch is both a Methodist and United Reformed partnership church, we also belong to a circuit of Methodist Churches and URC synod. That means I am not present at Christchurch every Sunday as I go to preach in other churches too. If you want to speak to me you can ring me on 01943 607872 or email on rev.robertatopham@gmail.com.

I am happy to talk with you about anything and if I can’t answer your questions I will do my best to find someone who can do.

Please do approach me if you are interested in exploring Christian faith further, baptism, confirmation and church membership, bible study, weddings, funerals, pastoral care, worship and anything that pertains to human flourishing.

I’ve been working for the Methodist Church, off and on, since 1989 when I began as a lay worker in Leeds. I’ve been a minister (presbyter) since 1999, always based in Yorkshire, which I love. I come originally from Northern Ireland, ”where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea”, so I adore a good hill walk and sea swimming. My background is in social anthropology and I continue to enjoy learning about how we human beings make meaning in our communities and make the most of the opportunities which God gives to us.

I am delighted to be working in a place that is already so good for body, mind and soul and am looking forward to making my contribution. I hope you will feel as warmly welcomed as I do and get in touch.


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