Rev. Alan Harvey
We were saddened to learn of the recent death of the Rev. Alan Harvey.
Alan came to Milton Keynes in 2004, succeeding Peter Sharrocks as Methodist Superintendent Minister. In addition to the area responsibilities of leadership within the ecumenical structure he had pastoral oversight of the Freeman and Queensway churches in Bletchley. His previous appointment had been in Ghana, where his ministry included a measure of educational work. It was clear that he had enjoyed his work there, loving to dress in Ghanaian traditional wear for special occasions. Not surprisingly there was a growth in the Ghanaian congregation at Queensway. He was a great supporter of MK Mission Partnership.
Alan loved to preach, and took his preaching, and other people’s seriously. When preaching in front of him, you knew you were being listened to attentively, and critically. He was gentle with his criticism, and generous with his praise. Sadly, the illness which was to curtail his ministry, also diminished it somewhat whilst he continued to serve. It could be said of him that he gave the best of himself for as long as he could, in service of the church and his Lord. Our sympathy is extended to his wife, Pam, who was a tremendous support to him, and partner in ministry. Alan retired in 2009 and in his later years worshipped at Stony Stratford Methodist Church with Pam.
With grateful thanks to Peter Sharrocks and Penny Warburton for sharing their memories of Alan.
Alan’s funeral will take place on Tuesday 30th April at 1.15pm at the Oak Chapel, Crownhill Crematorium, Crownhill, Milton Keynes MK8 0LE. While the funeral will be a simple service for Alan’s family, others who wish to come are welcome.
The funeral will be followed by a service of thanksgiving to be held the same day at 2.00pm at Freeman Methodist Church, Buckingham Road, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3 5HH followed by a tea in the church hall to which all are warmly invited. Pam has asked that we wear bright colours. (Please be aware that parking at the church is restricted so it would be helpful to leave the car park for family members and anyone with a disability.)
We send our prayers to Alan’s wife Pam, his children and grandchildren at this sad time.