Janet is thanked for 50 years as a Methodist preacher in Wisbech
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A woman who has been preaching in chapels in the Fens for half a century was thanked in a celebration service in Wisbech.
Janet Killingback has been a Methodist local preacher since 1968.
In a service at Trinity Methodist Church in Wisbech, Janet was given a long service certificate, signed by the president and vice president of the Methodist Conference.
Rev Stevenson said: “It’s wonderful to be part of today’s service recognising Janet’s faithfulness to God’s calling on her life as a methodist local preacher over the last 50 years.
“Methodist workshop across our churches would not be possible without the thousands of people like Janet who serve God in this way.”
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The congregation sang one of Janet’s favourite hymns by Charles Wesley, O Thou Who Camest From Above.
Throughout its history, the Methodist Church has recognised that people other than ordained ministers can lead worship and preach.
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The Rev Julian Pursehouse, chair of the East Anglia Methodist District, said: “The Methodist Church is at its best when it enables the faithful and dedicated ministry of lay people.
“Janet is a fine example of this through her long service as a local preacher. I am delighted that I come across so many examples of this across the East Anglia District of the Methodist Church.”