‘Hi, folks. Easter is here already, and the year seems to be racing away. It was a long hard winter, but the birds are chirping away in Birmingham England with a rare joy, and splashes of colour, the yellow of daffodils and the white and pink of blossom all serve to refresh one’s spirit. The best part for me, however, is that the chilblains which hamper me every winter, a legacy from my dear departed mother, have disappeared as quickly as they came last October.
Also, it is expected that the President of the Methodist Conference will tell the Church of England General Synod that the Methodist Church is ‘prepared to go out of existence’. This comes as no surprise as congregations have been diminishing in churches all over the country at a steady rate for many years. Another symptom of an increasingly apathetic and self-indulgent society, I feel. But all is far from lost, and the presumed re-integration of Methodists into the Church of England will only strengthen the position of Christians. I do not yet know what will happen to J.M.A., the Methodist children’s charity to whom a donation is made from sales of Splinters, but I will keep you updated.