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.

Passionate Worship (Day 10), Revd. Phil Gough

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'You shall love the Lord your God
with all your heart, and with all your soul,
and with all your strength, and with all your mind
and your neighbour as yourself.'
 (Luke 10 v. 27)

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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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Presidential Year Prayercard 2016/2017

ConferThe Prayercard from the new President, The Revd Roger Walton, and Vice-President, Rachel Lampard, is now available.

Here to view and download

Prayer Handbooks

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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.

Matters arising from Conference

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All Conference reports are available on the Connexional website ( but Circuits are asked to take particular notice of the following. Click
 Here to read the full report.

Hungarian Orphanage Project

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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

A Special 3Generate

3GenerateThis year we have a special 3Generate for young people with additional needs.

If you are 8-23 and are in need of additional support because you have learning difficulties, or physical limitations, if you have Downs, or ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Cystic Fibrosis, if you are Autistic, or deaf, visually impaired, or have a physical disability or something else we haven’t listed here that means you might need a bit of extra help, then this event is for you.

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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.

There will be a commissioning of several new Street Pastors on Sunday 25th September 2016 at 10.30 am, at Living Waters Church, Bolton Street, Chorley. Gwen, who is a member of Chorley Methodist Church is one of those being commissioned. 

Click Here to view 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