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Issue No.113
19 August 2017

About us

magnet has existed since 1987. Originally the main resource of the Women's Network of the Methodist Church, the magazine is now produced by a team of volunteer editors from many different Christian backgrounds.

Published three times a year, in every issue of magnet  you can look forward to:

  • colourful meditation pages
  • ideas for seasonal worship 
  • inspiring articles on faith, mission and justice issues
  • a regular prayer focus and Bible study

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Let's introduce you to some of the people involved in magnet at present:

Lucy Mills

Lucy Mills joined the magnet team in 2011 and in 2014 became Editorial Co-ordinator, overseeing the editorial team and liaising with staff at Hymns Ancient and Modern. She loves being part of such an amazing team and enjoys the creativity and momentum of the magnet process.  Lucy is also a freelance writer and author of Forgetful Heart: Remembering God in a Distracted World (DLT, 2004). She writes articles, poetry and prayers for a variety of publications.  She's actively involved in her local Baptist church, where her husband serves as minister. 

Ann Barlow

Ann Barlow spent several years teaching Maths in comprehensive schools before she moved into student support in Higher Education. She has been responsible for a variety of projects including organising support for disabled students and delivering development and training programmes for researchers. She is now retired from full time work but finds that she has plenty to keep her occupied as she's a licensed Reader in the Church of England and a freelance workshop facilitator as well as a member of the magnet editorial team.

Alexandra Green

Alexandra Green spent twenty years as a lecturer and teacher before changing to a career as a business analyst. Having only been part of the magnet editorial team since May 2013, she has already discovered the creative stimulus that is fostered by the magnet team spirit. Alexandra is actively involved in her local Anglican church, as well as singing in a traditional chapel choir at one of the Oxford colleges.

Pat Brooks

Pat Brooks is a retired Methodist Minister, living in the North East of England. She came into the Ministry in her 50s. Before that she was a school librarian, but after being made redundant, trained as a garden designer. Pat's interests include gardening, patchwork, reading, plus leading quiet days and retreats.

Mariama Ifode

Mariama Ifode works as an independent Careers Adviser, Education and Academic Consultant. She has taught Spanish at both secondary and tertiary levels, having completed her studies at St Andrews and Cambridge. Mariama very much enjoys working with and supporting children and young people, both academically and pastorally. She joined the magnet team in October 2014 and loves the aims of the magazine as well as its visual and spiritual impact. She participates in regular worship at Westminster Abbey.

Phil Williams

Phil Williams is a freelance marketing and communications consultant based in Cheshire. He grew up in South Wales and spent much of his adult life in Yorkshire. He is married with two daughters and juggles freelance and voluntary work. He is a town councillor and active in arts and creative writing groups across South Cheshire and North Staffordshire. He's a keen poet and won the High Sheriff's Cheshire Prize for Literature in 2013. He's currently involved with an Anglican parish and has broad ecumenical influences and sympathies.

Marilyn Spidell

Marilyn Spidell was born in Thunder Bay, Canada but has lived in the UK most of her life, apart from 10 years in Brussels. She has two grown up children and studied English and History as a mature student at the U of Hertfordshire.  She grew up in the Presbyterian Church and is now a Steward at Trinity Watford Methodist church where she happily encountered magnet. She has minuted hundreds of  meetings, currently for magnet's editorial team, a Churches Together group and the Research Committee of the College of Optometrists in London where she works four days a week as an administrator.

Juliet Campbell

Juliet Campbell is a Business Support Officer with children's services in the London Borough of Merton. She lives in Leatherhead, Surrey. Her father was a Methodist minister and she attended the various churches where he served. More recently she has joined the parish church in Leatherhead, but sees herself as an ecumenical Christian. Her interests are her family, serving in the church community, walking, reading, knitting and crafts. She is also a volunteer DJ on a local radio station in Surrey, once a month. She loves learning new things and is looking forward to being part of the Magnet and learning and sharing with the team.

Janice Tindale

Janice Tindale is a retired teacher who worked with children with special educational needs. She spent most of her adult life working in North Lincolnshire and also worked with VSO in Kenya and with special needs children in Oregon USA. Janice became a Lincoln Diocesan local minister and worked in her parish group for 30 years. She took responsibility for children's work as well as co-leading a house group with husband John. In 2016 they made a major move to the West Midlands in order to support their children and grandchildren. Janice enjoys long distance walking, reading and is a 'novice' water colour artist.