North West Regional Teams Gathering 

On Saturday 17th October Teams from all over the North met in Stokesley, North Yorkshire, for the annual Regional Gathering. The day began with an opportunity for coffee and cake thanks to the Methodist Church members whose beautiful church was the excellent venue for the day. A shared lunch followed soon afterwards which gave us all an opportunity to meet up with old friends and to make new ones. 
After lunch we were privileged to hear the inspirational words of Peter and Pauline Lavery, speaking on the theme of ‘Couples Living the Mission with Joy’. Peter and Pauline speak at many places on marriage – they have been part of the ministry of Marriage and Family Life for thirty years and are long standing friends of Teams of Our Lady. As a Deacon, Peter has been Diocesan Co-ordinator for Marriage and Family Life (Hexham and Newcastle) since 2005. 
Following group discussions we reassembled for a welcome cup of tea and cake before hearing reflections from members as well as accounts of those who had recently been in Rome for a meeting where the highlight was an audience with Pope Francis. Plans are now in place for the next GB Regional Gathering in Swanwick in September 2016. Some members later gathered in local members’ homes for a mixed Teams meeting. As Chaplain to Warrington 1 Team it is good to meet up with other Teams and to thank God for the way He works through this movement for married couples. 
Teams Stokesley
Peter and Pauline Lavery 
An attentive audience!