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. To find out more about us as a Circuit click here
We are also now on Facebook facebook, click the logo to visit.


The three Priorities of the Circuit
Early in 2017, the Leadership Team of the Circuit discerned the following as God’s Priorities for the work we are called to. They inform the use of our energies and other resources. 
E1000Members of the Methodist Church are disciples of Christ and we are almost a thousand strong in the Chorley & Leyland Circuit! Together we are called to many tasks and need to be encouraged and resourced in this work. Our “Growing Leaders” course is just one way that people are being empowered, but other wider initiatives are in the pipeline.

contagious pioneering

The Circuit, with District help, is funding the 5 year appointment of a Pioneer Ministry Enabler on Buckshaw, hopefully to be in place early in 2018. This is an exciting new work with ecumenical partners. Watch this space! But we hope the creative exploration of such ministry will be catching and all our local churches will be inspired for new initiatives.


Schools plusOur ongoing Schools worker project expresses our commitment to working with children. This Schools Plus Priority seeks to expand & integrate work in schools with the important children’s work in churches, including Messy Church. We aim to strengthen existing church/school links through school “Champions" & establish new links with community schools.

What a Week!

Holy WeekIt’s been a funny week! The freezing cold and snow caused by a combination of the “Beast from the East” and storm Emma had just subsided when for a couple of hours yesterday a heavy – but thankfully short lived - snow storm brought absolute chaos to the roads in the area and half our  local schools were closed.  Less than 24 hours later, the Spring sunshine is out, not a hint of snow remains, the snowdrops are standing proud and the daffodils in Astley Park are just about to burst into flower!

Such changes in the space of just a few days. The weather has truly taken us on a roller-coaster ride!

As we enter Holy Week we are reminded that all those years ago in Jerusalem, the folk were taken on a roller-coaster ride – but not meteorologically. Their week started on a high; Jesus, the one proclaimed Messiah entered the city and the crowds could hardly contain their enthusiastic welcome – despite the fact that he rode a donkey!

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New DBS Checks



New arrangements for DBS checks have been made by the Methodist Church. For more information see your Safeguarding Officer or click Here to find out more information.



Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Holy Land

1st – 8th November 2019

Visiting major sites associated with the life and ministry of Jesus: in Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Galilee and the surrounding areas, with the services of an expert guide and times of devotion included.

Contact Rev. Gyula Fiak by 30th April if you are interested or have any questions (

Click Here for Poster and Here for more information



Charity of the Year


At Hillside Methodist Church during Lent they are raising money for the Circuit Charities.

They have organised some ‘house’ collecting boxes which everybody has taken home to use during Lent, and there is also a ‘big house’ in church which people can put donations in. 

Click Here to view the photo in greater detail.

Click on the links below to find out more about the two charities.

Chorley Help the Homeless                                    Bay 6 Homless Charity

  Chorley Help the Homeless                               Bay 6 Project

2018 / 2019 Nominations

Nominations for the next Circuit Charity of the Year are now open. Click Here to view the Poster and click Here to download the Nomination Form. The deadline for nomination submissions is 31st March 2018 to (Kathryn Townson - Circuit Administrative Assistant).


Certificate in Pioneer Ministry

Pioneer Ministry

Cliff College Short Courses is an expanding programme designed to inspire, equip and
train, and to respond to the mission and ministry needs of individuals and churches.
The Certificate in Pioneer Ministry course is a dynamic and significant contribution to 
reflective practice on Pioneering and Fresh Expression, drawing together key practitioners for encouragement, discussion and learning. Are you one of them?
Clif College, Calver, Hope Valley, Sheffeld S32 3XG
Tel: 01246 584200, Email:, Web:
Click Here to download information

Cliff College

cliff college

Cliff College are delighted to welcome any prospective students to come and explore our various programmes throughout the year. Our undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees are all validated by The University of Manchester.

For most of the year, visits to the college are run on a personal or small group basis on request. If you are interested in the BA Theology programme, or the new developments in the part time BA Mission and Ministry programme, the part-time MA taught programme, or any of our Research degrees, then do get in touch using the details below to arrange one of these visits. We would love to see you, introduce you to our facilities, meet staff and students, and talk through the right options for you here at Cliff.

We also run more public Taster Days across especially the undergraduate courses. Dates for these days will appear on this page when they are available.

Click Here for more information.  Click Here to visit their website.


Circuit Stewards

circuit logoCircuit Stewards are responsible, together with our Ministers, for the spiritual and material life of the whole Circuit.

Whilst this is an unpaid position, it is important that we are able to appoint calibre people, called by God, to this vital role.

If you wish to explore if you are being called into this ministry, please speak with one of the circuit ministers, or pass your name to Brian King, Circuit Steward, (Tel 01772 619593); or Revd Andrew Mashiter; Superintendent Minister, (Tel 01257 263251);

Click Here for more information


Circuit Video

Our new Circuit Video was launched in our Churches on Sunday 8th January 2017. Please do take a look and learn more about our Circuit and who we are.