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.

Whole Life Worship


All our circuit churches are currently participating in the Whole Life Worship initiative from LICC (London Institute of Contemporary Christianity). 

This 5 week series of Sunday services and accompanying study / fellowship meetings is part of our Circuit Priority exploring the theme Empowering the 1000. Through the initiative, we are exploring Christian discipleship and particularly the understanding that all our lives are caught up in a response of worship to God. It’s not just about what we do when we gather together on Sundays!

The five themes are:

• Worshipping engages our whole lives
• Worshipping offers us fresh insight
• Worshipping transforms our everyday actions
• Worshipping inspires our everyday speech
• Worshipping focuses our wavering hearts

Our Preaching Plan indicates the Sundays that each church is following the themes and the Flyer gives details of local study/fellowships.

More information on the resources can be obtained from

We do hope that you will be able to participate in our Sunday services and in the midweek meetings. You are very welcome to join us! 

Further details can be obtained from our ministers.

Methodist Church News Release

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Recent spate of murders in London affecting largely young people and inflicted through stabbings and gun crime.

We are deeply saddened by the recent spike in murders within the Greater London area. As we write this, the news is breaking that two men in East London have been murdered, one of whom is said to be only eighteen years old. This brings those murdered to over 50 in London this year. In this holy period of Easter our hearts go out to all the families affected and we offer support and prayers at this difficult time.

Click Here to read more

Statement about the recent violence on the Gaza-Israel border

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The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Loraine N Mellor and Jill Baker, have released the following statement following the recent violence on the Gaza-Israel border.

We are horrified by the violence that has taken place on the eastern border of Gaza in the past days, and deeply troubled by what appears to be a steady escalation in the situation. We appeal to all sides to step back urgently from actions that can only lead to more suffering, and to seek peaceful solutions.

Click Here to read more

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

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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.