29 October 2004

A Statement on the Jordan Bus Crash

It is now thought that a number of those caught up in yesterday's Jordan bus crash were Methodists from the Newcastle and York & Hull districts, although we will not know for sure until names are publicly confirmed by the Foreign Office. The following statements have been issued so far, and will be updated as necessary.

The Revd. Stephen Burgess, Chair of the York & Hull District: "We are deeply saddened by the news from Jordan of the coach crash, and aware that many of the passengers are from the Methodist community here in York. I know that Methodists and others locally will be remembering those involved in their prayers, and will be offering support to families and friends at this terrible time. We also extend our prayers to our friends from the Newcastle area who have also been affected by this tragic news, and to all those caught up in these events."

The Revd. Terry Hurst, Acting Chair of the Newcastle District: "The whole church is shocked and saddened by this news. Local Methodists and our fellow Christians in other congregations will do all we can to aid those affected by this terrible event, and we also remember in our prayers those from York who have also suffered. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who are aiding the injured in Jordan, and those who are supporting and comforting friends and relatives here in Britain."

The Revd Will Morrey, President of the Methodist Conference, and the Revd David Deeks, General Secretary of The Methodist Church: "The whole Methodist Church in Britain is greatly saddened and shocked by this terrible news. Ours sympathy and prayers are extended to all involved, and especially those in York & Hull and Newcastle who are working to support and help the families and friends of the bereaved and injured. The whole church will continue to give all it can in practical, spiritual and pastoral care. As a church we have lost good friends and beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, and we are deeply upset by this news."

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