Shirlyn at welcome

Rev. Shirlyn Toppin joined us in early September as the new Superintendent Minister of the Upper Thames Circuit. 

Shirlyn was born in Trinidad and Tobago, and has ministered in several areas of the UK, most recently in Ealing, West London. She believes passionately in proclaiming the Gospel in word and sacrament, and looks forward to having the opportunity to serve the Lord among communities that are responding to those around them with grace and love. Her hobbies include reading and shopping.  

Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who has promised is faithful.       (Hebrews 10:23)

She is pictured at her welcome service with Rev. Dr. Jonathan Pye, our District Chairman.

The YouTube recording of the service can be found here

 david and chris retirement


In June we bid farewell to our Superintendent Minister, Rev. David Perkins, and his wife Chris, following 10 years of ministry in our town. They have retired to their home in W. Wales.

"We came to the Upper Thames Circuit in 2011 and the last ten years of our ministry here have been such a blessing and a great joy. 

Looking back, no matter where we have been, it’s been about the people and how wonderful, how marvellous they have been.

“And if our fellowship below
in Jesus be so sweet,
what heights of rapture shall we know,
 when round His throne we meet!”

The YouTube recording of their farewell service can be found here