Chorley and Leyland Methodist Circuit


Welcome to the new Website for Chorley and Leyland Methodist Circuit. To find out about Connexion News, District Projects, the MANY events happening in the wider community and the District and job opportunities please click here

Psalm 105 (Part 1), Revd. Phil Gough

Psalm 105 i

My Lord and my God,
we sing out our thanks to You
for all the wonderful things You do;
we sing out for all people from every nation to hear.
We sing our praise to You
for all people everywhere
to know of Your miraculous deeds.
We glorify Your name,
worshipping You,
joyfully singing of who You are -
adoring You completely.

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News from Methodist Conference (London 2016)

Following on from the EU Referendum


The Revd Steve Wild and Jill Barber, the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, have released this statement:

“The people have spoken through the democratic process. We recognise that the result will cause pain to some people who voted with passion and integrity and that now is the time to move forward together with goodwill. The structures have changed but our hopes for a fair, just and equal society continue. We must now gather the political will to tackle poverty, climate change and the refugee crisis.

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EU Resolution made at conference


The 2016 Annual Conference of the Methodist Church passed a resolution containing the following text:

The United Kingdom, as a result of the referendum on 23 June 2016, has voted to leave the European Union. In this time of very significant change and uncertainty there is a need for leadership which seeks the common good and encourages people to work together, to respect one another and to uphold the dignity of all.

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New President and Vice-President of Conference


The Revd Loraine N Mellor and Jill Baker elected as Methodist President and Vice-President for 2017/18

The Methodist Conference has elected the Revd Loraine N Mellor to be President and Jill Baker to be Vice-President. Both will start their year of office when the Representative Session of the Methodist Conference meets in Birmingham on 24 June 2017. They will succeed the current President and Vice-President, the Revd Dr Roger Walton and Rachel Lampard.

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Methodist Church to review its understanding of marriage and relationships

ConferA task group, established to consider whether the Methodist Church's understanding of marriage and relationships should be revisited, has reported back to this year's Methodist Conference.

Following a decision at the Conference in 2014, people from across the Methodist Connexion have been considering marriage and relationships as part of a process overseen by the task group. The discussions show that there is a broad range of opinions held by Methodists on these matters.

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Prayer Handbooks

prayer handbook

Prayer Handbooks are available at £3.50 each, also with a limited number of large print available too. These books will be available in your Churches or you can contact the Circuit Administrative Assistant at for a copy.

Update on Chorley A&E

hospitals logoPlease see the below email from NHS Greater Preston & NHS Chorley and South Ribble Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Dear Patient Advisory Group members, please find below the latest update in respect of the temporary closure of Chorley A&E that was issued yesterday. Following the temporary closure of the accident and emergency (A&E) department at Chorley Hospital because of a shortage of middle grade doctors, central Lancashire’s System Resilience Group has been monitoring the progress to recruit more doctors on a week-by-week basis.

While it was hoped that the expected trainee doctors joining Lancashire Teaching Hospitals for their accident and emergency rotations in August would alleviate the issue, this is still not expected to provide enough doctor cover to re-open the service.

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Nature Trail Nursery

Nature Trail NurseryTwo of our Churches, Heskin and Euxton, are hosting Nature Trail Nursery at their premises as they extend their presence in the community. We are hoping, as churches, we will have a long lasting and fruitful relationship. They opened at Heskin after Easter this year and will be opening in the Wesley Room at Euxton Methodist Church on Wigan Road, Euxton on 1 September 2016

If you'd like further information please call Sharon Brindley or Amanda Hilton on 01254 830788. If you know of any parents looking for child care facilities for their young ones please tell them about the Open Day.

Hungarian Orphanage Project

orphanage project

Chorley and Leyland Methodist Circuit is launching a campaign to raise funds to support an orphanage in Teglas, Hungary which is close to the heart of Minister Rev Gyula Fiak. His former church in Hungary gave financial, practical and spiritual help to orphanages in the area.

Recognising a need, the circuit has responded and fundraising for initial essentials is underway. Each church in the circuit is being encouraged to find people willing to raise small amounts of £25 in creative and innovative ways.  As these small pledges materialise, the total will soon grow, providing funds to pay for essentials such as an industrial washing machine, cooking stove, beds and other furniture, blinds, carpets and curtains.

‘Back in Hungary we were their spiritual family and support system, loving and mentoring them. Now you could be the spiritual family of these unloved (by their parents) children. You could (not literally) adopt them – one church/child. We could send cards to them, we could support their tutoring, we could send them gifts and we could support the home (orphanage) where they live.’

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Keep checking the Website for updates on how the Project is progressing.  
Click Here for an update on how we are doing.

Celebrate Harvest with Self Help Africa

Celebrate Harvest this year with a Shropshire-based charity that helps families in rural Africa to feed themselves.

Self Help Africa is offering a FREE Harvest Resource Pack to help you plan your Harvest celebration. It includes stories from Africa, suggested prayers and hymns, children’s activities and fundraising ideas.

To order your free pack and any extra materials, please call Joseph Nunn on 01743 277170, email or download resources directly from

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Methodist Grant Fund

Methodist churchThe Methodist Church is to respond to the changing face of poverty in the UK through a redesigning of its national grant programme supporting projects that work with people experiencing poverty, following a decision of the Methodist Conference today.

‘Methodist Action on Poverty and Justice’, formerly the ‘Mission Alongside the Poor Programme’, is a grant giving stream of the Methodist Church which has access to over a million pounds in grant funding each year to encourage and support community projects to help impoverished people in the UK.

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World Methodist Council

WMC LOGODid the initials WMC mean anything to you before you started reading this little article? Maybe not Let’s learn something together! 

The World Methodist Council is a worldwide association of 80 Methodist, Wesleyan and related Uniting and United Churches representing over 80.5 million people.  It engages, empowers and serves the member Churches by encouraging Methodist unity in witness, facilitating mission in the world, and fostering ecumenical and inter-religious activities.

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Street Pastors

Tony and June are members of our Adlington congregation. They are part of a group of Street Pastors, featured in the attached video, discussing their work as Street Pastors.


Action for Children - Morecambe Bay Sponsored Walk


Saturday 13th August 2016, 1.30 p.m. A cross bay walk from Arnside to Kents Bank with refreshments after the walk. Registration is £10.00 per adult walker and sponsorship is also required.

To register, contact Diane Goodier on - or 01925 850856

Click here for the Poster

Growing Through Conflict Foundation Day 2016 

Growing through change
Includes Understanding Conflict, Conflict Resolution skills, Further Resources. More information can be found by accessing the website below, or clicking on the links to view the posters.

Please click on the Link below for details of venues, dates and times.

Growing Through Conflict 1

Growing Through Conflict 2