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Langdale became our minister on 1st September 2009 and we offer a warm welcome
to Sue and her husband Phil.
Below is Sue's first
contribution to the web site. Thanks Sue.
To all who read this page I would
like to say Hi and welcome to St. Paul's Methodist Church.
My name is Sue Langdale. I am a
Deacon in the Methodist Diaconal Order and the Minister at St.
Paul's. Although I have only been at St. Paul's since September 2009 I have
been serving in the Barnsley Circuit since 2006.
I am married to Phil and we have
been together now for 37yrs. We have 3 children, David is married to
Joanne, Kathryn is married to John and Hannah is married to Steve. Between
them they have given us 6 beautiful grandchildren, the youngest being just a
few weeks old. Also we now have living with us since moving here my 83yr old
Both Phil and I were born and bred
in Hull, East Yorkshire and until coming to Barnsley had lived there all our
lives. We met at Brighton Street Methodist Church which a friend had invited
me to at the age of eleven so I could play netball for the chapel team.
Brighton Street played a very important part in both of our lives and it was
the place where I began to grow in my faith. Phil and I were also the last
couple to be married there in October '71 and I always joke that we closed
that church down because in May '72 it closed it's doors as a place of
In my former life, before going to
college to train for the Methodist ministry, I had two part-time jobs. For
approx.10yrs I worked in a local primary school with children with special
needs and as a Lay Worker for the Methodist Church. Interestingly both these
jobs would sometimes become intertwinned when the school asked me to talk to
classes about my work as a Christian, and church 'Fellowship Groups' asked me
to talk about my school work. I really enjoyed both types of work. I was happy
and content with life and met some lovely people many of whom were a great
inspiration to me.
Being a Lay Worker in my home
circuit was a very special time and yet I always had that feeling it was a
stepping stone on a journey that was in God's hands. But if anyone had told me
it would bring me to offer for ordained ministry I wouldn't have believed
them. This was never part of MY plan. I was already doing God's work. But it
appeared that God had other ideas. I guess you could say my days as a Lay
Worker had helped to nurture me for this extremely challenging step of faith
and it all felt incredibly awesome and scary.
College at the age of 50 was not
easy either. At one point I came very close to giving up. The studying was
hard work especially as it was many years since I had left school. But with
help and encouragement I completed my time there successfully and I am so glad
that I kept on going otherwise I would not be sitting here writing this to you
I believe we have been
brought together to serve the community of Ryhill and pray that God's grace
will guide and lead us in working His purpose out and bring Glory to His
name. May God bless us all as we go forward in faith to live, love and serve
Peace and love to you all