My Walk With God – now available as an e-book

As many of you already know I have edited and/or written a number of books; all available as kindle downloads.

One of the downsides about kindle is that that there are still many potential readers who do not – as yet, anyway – have their own kindle readers.

As an author it is so much easier, and less time consuming, to let Amazon do all the work of Kindle promotion.

However, I am now going to make some of my books available as e-books with  .pdf format. Thus, providing you have Acrobat Reader installed on your computer, everyone without a kindle will now be able to read my books.

The first of my books that may now be purchased as an e-book is My Walk With God (volumes 1 and 2).

I would now like to invite you to take a look at my new website:-

http://www.mywalkwithgod.net

where you will now be able to order either volume 1 or two (or both) of My Walk With God.

Happy Reading

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

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My Walk With God – With Rev John Garfoot

I am a 97 year old cradle Methodist.

Many years afterwards my father told me that at my christening he dedicated me to God and I haven`t been able to get away from that.

As a boy I was taken to a village Wesleyan Chapel, long since closed.  There was nothing in it for children, I was the only one but I was never bored.

I could always count the artificial pipes on the American organ, squint through the coloured glass in the windows, watch the butterflies woken up by the singing and the warmth of the tortoise stove.

One preacher though did grip my attention.  Perhaps it was his funny walrus moustache, but he told the story of Jacob and his dream of a ladder reaching up to heaven with angels going up and down it.

Even at that tender age I must have wondered why angels needed a ladder, I thought they had wings.  Jacob called that spot Bethel, the House of God and often came back to it.  “Everyone needs a Bethel” the preacher concluded.

I discovered the truth of that for myself as a student when I went to the Albert Hall, Nottingham.  They were great services with a congregation of over a thousand.

One Sunday evening I found myself walking right down from the gallery to stand at the front in response to an appeal and to the strains of “Who is on the Lord`s side.”   Nothing much came of it for three or four years but then it caught up with me.

It was at the outbreak of war.  I knew what my immediate future had to be, I would have to join up, but what could I do when it was all over?

My uncle was a missionary in Dahomey, now Benin, and he said that there was need for teachers out there so he arranged for me to have an interview at the Mission House.

I had applied for jobs before and knew what to expect.  Don’t call us, we will call you, but this was so different.

The Rev Walter Noble (one day to be President of Conference), actually came out of his office and walked along the corridor with welcoming smile and warm handshake that completely won me over.

He talked to me like a father; they could not make any promises as things were so difficult on the mission field, perhaps I could try again when the war was over.

Then he shot his bolt.  “You know you could do your best work if you were ordained.”  What me?  I wasn’t a member let alone a Local Preacher.

Never been to communion.  Out in the streets of London, in the crowds of people hurrying past I glimpsed the anxious looks in their eyes in those days of what we called the phoney war.

Then the words seemed to come clearly to me: “And seeing the multitudes he was moved with compassion for they were as sheep not having a shepherd.”

I knew what I had to do.  I went to the nearest telephone box and said that I wanted to be a Methodist minister.

I was immediately put on the Plan and rushed through all the candidating procedures, took various exams and at the 1940 Conference managed to be put on a list of approved candidates.

By now I was in the British Army which was to be my lot for five years, eight months and twenty-three days, stationed in London during the blitz, and then for 4½ years in the Middle East and Italy.

All the while I carried with me a cutting from the Methodist Recorder “He that endureth to the end shall be saved” and that was how it was.

Looking back, although I was denied the normal years of study and probation, it was a real preparation for my subsequent ministry, getting alongside all sorts of people, seeing the best in them.

The chaplains were so helpful and sometimes I was able to take services.  It was an experience I have never regretted.

Eventually S/166386 Sjt Garfoot J was demobbed and I had an all too short course at the war-damaged Richmond College.

It didn’t seem to matter that there was no central heating and rain dripped through the roof.  So then to my first Circuit, Weardale.  I had to look it up on a map to see where it was.

Then after four years to East Anglia, where I have been ever since, serving at Wisbech, King`s Lynn, Wymondam, Ely and Swaffham.  I had seventeen years as a Superintendent Minister, eight years as Synod Secretary and was privileged to go on preaching for seventy-three years.

I cannot begin to express my debt to all the wonderful people who have been my companions on this long journey as together we have  walked with God.

(Rev John Garfoot)

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My Walk With God – Volume 1 – costs only £1.99 and may be downloaded by going to:-

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00HAKO7L6

and

My Walk With God – Volume 2 – also costs only £1.99 and may be downloaded by going to:-

http://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Walk-God-Geoffrey-Keyte-ebook/dp/B00Q1N81FG

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

My Walk With God – David Cowling

Two young men met in a fog bound cobbled northern English street. It was evening, perhaps going up to ten; the light of gas street lamps seemed to heighten what was a moment of decision for both of them.

The date was November 1958, the place, Oldham in Lancashire. They were both new Christians, experiencing their conversions the previous year. Friends from their school days and both now studying architecture alongside working in local architectural practices, they had been to a Thursday evening fellowship in the Edward Street Methodist Church.

There they had listened to a silver haired Cliff College evangelist, and the challenge had been quite simple: ‘What is God calling you to do?’

And we both knew; Alan and I knew, that God wanted there to be a ‘Mission Band’ in the Town Centre in Oldham. And so it was that somehow or other there was a ‘Mission Band’ in the Methodist Church on Union Street, one of the main thoroughfares of the Town Centre.

It began life in January 1959. It met at 8.00 pm on every Sunday Evening, and its object was to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel to the young people going about the town on a Sunday evening.

Its leadership was the ad hoc group of young people who emerged around us, aged from their mid-teens to early twenties. Alan and I were both twenty one, the oldest amongst us, 26. I did not know it then, but we were embarking upon a roller coaster adventure, which would mark us for all of the future years of our ‘Walk with God’.

The Minister of the Church was the East Oldham Circuit Superintendent, the Rev. G. Dean Sherriff. He was in a very real sense our guardian against those who would have ejected us.

A man of great compassion and wisdom, he only came amongst us when we asked him to, but we always knew that he was there for us.

Our distant spiritual guru was the Rev. Roy Dew, who had left the town four years earlier, but whose legacy had been the ‘South Chadderton Mission Band’, within which both Alan and I had come into Christian faith. He was from ‘outwith’ the Church, and I was a ‘cradle Methodist’.

The new ‘Mission Band’ was based upon a twin track approach to those who came and joined us. There was the charismatic Worship of the Sunday Evening Meeting; and, the Fellowship activities we tried to put in place.

In the first, we developed our own worship leaders, several of us already being ‘on Trial’ local preachers in our own circuits. Worship was enabled in so many ways, because our God really was for us a ‘God of Surprises’; wonderful gifts emerged, such as our talented Anglican pianist who couldn’t even read music!

We met indoors in wintertime, and on occasion tried ourselves at open air witness and worship in the summertime. We also, as and when asked, took our worship on the road, conducting ‘missions’ in the neighbourhoods of such Churches as would invite us.

Sometimes at a distance. The door knocker became an invaluable contact with new people. Some who remained friends for a life time.

The Fellowship activities began with meeting to go for hill walks; but then went up a major step when the local Hospital invited us to put on Saturday evening entertainment and fellowship for long term residential psychiatric patients who never ever left the hospital.

Again, new friends, new revelations, new challenges, new opportunities. Yet wonderfully in God’s resourcing, we did it; every other week for a time, and we did it!

And somehow or other in God’s grace, young people whom we would never otherwise have met, were coming forward and committing their lives to Christ. Our normal weekly attendance soared beyond sixty, and the age range with it to also embrace some older folks who found there that which was missing elsewhere in their lives.

Eventually there were those from many denominations, and those from none. Leaders from other local churches turned up to see what God was doing [or what it was all about!]. Of course, that is but a clue to the burden which eventually some of us were bearing.

Essentially we were running a new and charismatic young Church, and with all the pastoral responsibilities which inevitably emerged. I was working full time, and also studying.

But we were all changing; people were maturing, marrying and moving on. Alan had already given up part-time study and gone to university.

I was courting Beryl, and in due course we were married and set up home.

We became parents, and our lives were inevitably moving to their next stage. I was approaching final qualification as an architect, and the need to secure future employment as such loomed large.

In August 1962 I started a new job in Boston in Lincolnshire, leaving Oldham in a black Ford Popular. For a time, and until Beryl could join me, I was travelling back to Oldham every week-end, leaving for the 125 mile journey back to Boston after Mission Band concluded. Mission Band was anyway developing into the hands of others, and also moving premises.

By the end of that year Beryl and I were domiciled in Boston, and I was learning to be a Local Preacher in a 36 church Methodist rural circuit. When I was eventually recognised as a Methodist Local Preacher, it was in the Centenary Methodist Church in Boston – and we were committed to the next stage of our own ‘Walk with God’.
The ‘East Oldham Mission Band’ had been a four year adventure in our lives.

Who we were to be, what things we would do, the lifelong friends we would have, even the life of today, were all shaped in those ‘Mission Band’ years.

I pray for all of those out there the world, now in more mature years, who shared those four years with us.

(David Cowling is the Author of Methodism in Scotland and in Perth)

My Walk With God is published in Kindle Format.

My Walk With God – Volume 1 – costs only £1.99 and may be downloaded by going to:-

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00HAKO7L6

and

My Walk With God – Volume 2 – also costs only £1.99 and may be downloaded by going to:-

http://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Walk-God-Geoffrey-Keyte-ebook/dp/B00Q1N81FG

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

My Walk With God – Volumes 1 and 2

If you have not already downloaded and read these two inspirational kindle books I can strongly recommend them:-

People who have contributed their ‘Walks’ include:-

  • Rev Ruth Gee – President of the Methodist Conference 2013/2014
  • Daleep Mukarji – Vice President of the Methodist Conference 2013/2014
  • Tamara Wray – Youth President of the Methodist Conference 2013/2014
  • Rev Ruth Pickles – Vice President of the Methodist Conference 2011/2012
  • Mark Peel – Author of the Last Wesleyan (a Biography of Lord Soper)
  • Rev Martyn Turner – Team Leader and Superintendent of Westminster Central Hall
  • Rev Keith Garner – Superintendent of the Wesley Mission, Sydney, Australia

My Walk With God – Volume 1 – costs only £1.99 and may be downloaded by going to:-

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00HAKO7L6

 

and

 

My Walk With God – Volume 2 – also costs only £1.99 and may be downloaded by going to:-

http://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Walk-God-Geoffrey-Keyte-ebook/dp/B00Q1N81FG

 

Happy Reading

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

My Walk With God – Volumes 1 and 2

My Walk With God  are two wonderfully inspirational  Kindle books for which, in all honesty, I can take very little credit – I am just the humble editor.

People who have contributed their ‘Walks’ include:-

  • Rev Ruth Gee – President of the Methodist Conference 2013/2014
  • Daleep Mukarji – Vice President of the Methodist Conference 2013/2014
  • Tamara Wray – Youth President of the Methodist Conference 2013/2014
  • Rev Ruth Pickles – Vice President of the Methodist Conference 2011/2012
  • Mark Peel – Author of the Last Wesleyan (a Biography of Lord Soper)
  • Rev Martyn Turner – Team Leader and Superintendent of Westminster Central Hall
  • Rev Keith Garner – Superintendent of the Wesley Mission, Sydney, Australia

 

My Walk With God – Volume 1 – costs only £1.99 and may be downloaded by going to:-

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00HAKO7L6

and

My Walk With God – Volume 2 – also costs only £1.99 and may be downloaded by going to:-

http://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Walk-God-Geoffrey-Keyte-ebook/dp/B00Q1N81FG

Even if you do not have an actual kindle it is still possible to read any kindle book by downloading the free kindle viewer which is readily available on the Amazon web site.

Happy Reading

With many joy-filled blessings

Geoffrey

 

My Walk With God – website

I have just given our ‘My Walk With God’ website a much needed makeover.

To take a look at it, I warmly invited you to visit:-

http://www.mywalkwithgod.net

There are also some links to several videos that I have produced during the past year.

I plan to produce more videos during the next few months

Have a great day today, in every way

God Bless

Geoffrey

 

 

My Walk With God – Volume 2

I know that many of you with Kindles have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of My Walk With God – Volume 2.
Now, the wait is over! For, if you go to:-

http://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Walk-God-Geoffrey-Keyte-ebook/dp/B00Q1N81FG/

 

you’ll be able to download Volume 2 for only £3.29.

N.B. Profits from My Walk With God – Volume 2 will help to publish future print-formatted books (for people who are not able to read our books online).

Read and enjoy!

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey