Calling all past and present members of Tuesday at Eight, Network, Wives Group and Young Wives at Guisborough Methodist Church!
This year the Methodist Ladies Group at Guisborough Methodist Church, now known as “Tuesday at Eight”, is celebrating its 60th Anniversary 1955-2015. We are delighted to report that we have one founder member who still attends our regular meetings – Ruth Bean. We currently have an active core of around forty Methodist and United Reform members meeting fortnightly.
The group started out as a Young Wives Group, and it is believed that all members had to be married with young children under the age of 16. As we all grew older, the “Young” was dropped and we were known simply as the Wives Group – again implying that we all had husbands. Times change, and with the introduction of the umbrella name of “Network” for all Methodist Women, it was decided to change the name again to “Tuesday at Eight”¸ making clear the day and time of our meetings, although it is always a source of amusement when we change the start time to 7pm or 7.30pm. Since 2011 we now belong to the over-arching “Methodist Women in Britain” organisation, participating in local, Cleveland & Danby Circuit and Darlington District MWiB events. We also have strong links with the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women.
With the introduction of ordained female Methodist Ministers from 1974 our constitution had to be changed to amend generic references to a Minister’s wife and of course to include the option of having a female Minister at our Church.
On Saturday 10th October this year we are hosting an afternoon tea 3pm – 5pm, followed by a short act of worship with Rev Kathleen Bowe, a former Minister at Guisborough, in thanksgiving for 60 years of fellowship, fun and fund-raising. We are delighted that Sarah Braisdell will also be joining us on the afternoon to give us an up-date on her research project telling the story of women’s involvement in British Methodism. Sarah is very much interested in our group’s history and development over the past 60 years.
Sarah is looking for our answers to the following key questions: What is your first memory of encountering any women’s movement in Methodism? What has been your most significant engagement with any women’s movement in Methodism? Where have you seen women changed, or the world changed, by these movements?
We would like to invite all members, past and present, to join us on 10th October and are asking everyone to bring along any photographs and other memorabilia for our display on the day.
If you were a member or if you are in touch with anyone who was previously a member of Guisborough Methodist Church Young Wives or Wives Group, Network and Tuesday at Eight, please ensure that they all know about this very special occasion or contact me for further details.