It’s time to say Goodbye to the Clowes family

by Alderley Edge Methodist Church  |  Posted at 12:06pm on 27th June 2017

It’s time to say Goodbye to the Clowes family.

As July approaches, it is with sad hearts that we prepare to say farewell to Rev Ben Clowes and his family. There is no doubt that they will be greatly missed when Ben takes up his new post as Superintendent of the Nidd Valley Circuit. Co-Superintendent Rev Rob Cotton expressed how many of us feel when he said, “I have greatly valued Ben’s creativity, administrative efficiency and his great energy in getting things done, but most of all, I appreciate his friendship and for being a ‘man of God’.  He has sustained ministry effectively over a period of ten years during some challenging times and as a Circuit, I feel that we owe him a great debt of gratitude.”


The Clowes Family arrived in Alderley Edge in 2007 with Ben fresh from Theological College in Manchester.  During his ten years within the circuit, Ben has ministered at various times at Alderley Edge, Mottram St Andrew, Over Peover, the David Lewis Centre, and The Welcome. In his time Alderley Edge have repaired the Spire and East Gable of the church, started several new initiatives including two housegroups (Church on the Edge), a discussion group in Costa Coffee, been involved in 7 school groups, worked with Mottram as they have developed and grown in the light of them being the only church in the village and overseen the transformation of The Welcome from a Circuit Project into a fully-fledged Church and independent Charity.  Catherine has been greatly involved in Children's work and music, specifically at Alderley Edge but has also supported the church's work across the circuit. 


 In completing 10 years in the village, Ben is the longest serving Methodist minister in the history of Alderley Edge.  Ben and Catherine, along with the boys Sam (18 years old) and Joel (14 years old), will leave in the summer as Ben takes up his new post in the Nidd Valley Circuit with specific responsibility for two churches in the Harrogate area. Ben said, “It has been a privilege to work alongside so many wonderful people and to see God so clearly at work in so many places”. His farewell service will take place on at 6:30 pm on Sunday 23 July at Alderley Edge Methodist Church.

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