Circuit Stewards

We currently have three Circuit Stewards, they are:-

Helen Holdforth
Andy Pinks
Christine Welham

At present we only have two post holder ‘bios’.


Christine Welham moved to Coventry four years ago when she retired as a Methodist Layworker in the S. Essex Circuit. Having been a member of the circuit staff team for many years she was keen to develop a ‘circuit focus’ for the Nuneaton and Coventry Circuit.  She is a Local Preacher with a strong musical interest.


HelenHoldforth

Helen Holdforth

I’m Helen Holdforth, I moved to study in the Physics department at Warwick University after graduating with a degree in Physics and Astronomy from St. Andrew’s University. Bill and I (both from the north-east town of Hartlepool) were married when he came to do his PGCE and we’ve been in Coventry ever since as he was promoted through the school to eventually be Assistant Head.

We began worshipping at Lime Tree Park and took part in many church and circuit activities. I stopped being ‘Mrs Bill’ helping to run the Youth Club when our first son, Paul, was too old to take around in the carrycot. Mark was born three years later. We started to worship at Earlsdon in 1989 as we had moved to a house by Hearsall Common. We now have three granddaughters – two in Coventry and one in Croydon.

I have helped to plan worship since we first came to Coventry, with many of the ministers and some local preachers and was one of the first authorised Worship Leaders in the Coventry circuit.

I’ve been involved in alternative worship services particularly meditative forms using multimedia and interactive prayer.

Since the autumn of 2004 my friend Alison and I have been setting up prayer rooms which give individuals the opportunity to spend time with God by means of several themed prayer ‘stations’. I have made several labyrinth carpets which are also used for meditative prayer.
Since Earlsdon started using a data projector I have enjoyed preparing the necessary Power Point presentations for worship and experimenting with using the technology to offer worship in different ways.

I believe that worship is a way of life not just an hour on Sunday so I would like to encourage the people of the circuit to have a wider view of worship (different forms and other days), and I hope to help those leading worship in the circuit to explore new ideas and improve how we offer worship to our eternal, loving God in the 21st century.