Chorley and Leyland Methodists


Welcome to the Website for Chorley and Leyland Methodist Circuit. 

We are proud to be Members of the METHODIST CHURCH in Great Britain. OUR CALLING was re-affirmed in 2018 and is expressed in the following 4 areas:

                Worship Calling                Learning Calling               Service Calling               Evangelism Calling
                      Worship                             Learning                           Service                           Evangelism

Not only does this website inform you about who we are and what we do, it also provides links to the 
Lancashire District, Partner Organisations and the wider community. 
We are also now on Facebook facebook, click the logo to visit.


The Three Priorities of our 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 continue to 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, are funding a 5 year appointment of a Pioneer Ministry Enabler on Buckshaw from 2018. This is an exciting new work with ecumenical partners. 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.

Haiti Earthquake Crisis - Urgent Support Needed

Haiti Earthquake

The Methodist Church in Britain and All We Can have launched a joint appeal in response to the powerful earthquake that struck Haiti’s Southern Peninsula, on August 14.

The onset of tropical cyclone Grace on Monday and Tuesday this week looks set to impede relief efforts with many thousands of people having lost family and friends. The death toll is still climbing and casualties are overwhelming limited local medical provision.

We’ve been speaking with our networks, friend and partners in Haiti, and across the region, since the quake struck, understanding the situation and needs. Our local approach – working through partners already there, allows for an agile response. As the Methodist Church in Britain and All We Can stand together to bring hope, we invite you to stand with those affected in Haiti. 

Please give generously, and join us in praying for the early response.

Coffee-free for October

coffee free

Go coffee-free this October, raising money for Hope UK and claim the title of Coffree Conqueror!

Could you help us to support young people make drug-free choices by signing up for the COFFREE Conqueror Challenge?

  • Since 2017, at least 14 young people have died after taking drugs at festivals in England
  • In 2020, more than 13,000 16-24-year-olds were admitted for drug-related mental health and behavioural disorders

Click Here to read more

Conference 2021 Business Digest

The Conference Business Digest is a report for local churches about the business of the 2021 Methodist Conference. Please share this with the office holders and members of your church and circuit.

Download the Conference Business Digest

District Volunteer Vacancies

The District are looking for Volunteers for the following vacancies. If you, or anyone you know, would be interested in volunteering can you please contact Carole Jones (District PA) on Previous office holders would be happy to provide information if you would like to know more.

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3Generate 2021 (29-31 October 2021)

3Generate 2021

We are delighted to let you know that 3Generate, the children and youth assembly, will be going ahead at the NEC Birmingham from Friday 29 – Sunday 31 October 2021.

There will be a number of ways children and young people can participate as follows:

• Attending the event on a residential basis, staying in camping villages with others in their group, for the weekend.

• Joining the whole event on a daily basis, travelling to and from the venue but not staying overnight.

• Participating in person just for the day on Saturday 30 October 2021.

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District Grant Funding

The District Policy Committee have approved grant funding for 3Generate as follows:

1/3 of the cost of the ticket for the event (whether that's for the whole weekend, or for day passes); the FULL cost of train fare to Birmingham / NEC for all young people and adults in attendance.

Please note, there are no other transport costs which will be covered (e.g. cars / minibuses / coaches) - it's a District desire to be as environmentally-friendly as possible with 3Generate, so we encourage booking train tickets.  PLEASE do consider the cheapest way to travel by train - perhaps group tickets, and certainly explore Family Railcard options (2 adults and a number of children)

Further details about the Family and Friends Railcard can be found Here; contact the District office for more details

Local Preacher and Worship Leader Taster Session
local preacher and worship leader logoMonday 20th September 2021, 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm on Zoom
Wondering if Worship Leading and/or Preaching is for you? Have you had a nudge from God (maybe via the people you know)?

Come along to this taster session for conversation with accredited Worship Leaders and Local Preachers.

To book your place email Rob Glassonbury:

For more information contact Jasmine Devadason:  

Click Here to download the flyer

Gregorian Chant

Gregorian Chant

We are planning to introduce Gregorian Chant services for those who long for a deeper spiritual experience or connection. This is for anyone who is seeking a more traditional worship, as well as for those who are not currently church goers, and for whom sacred music may open the door to experience the living God.

The services will take place on the first Sunday evening of the month (tbc) in the beautiful chapel at Lisieux Hall (Dawson Lane, Whittle-le-Woods, PR6 7DX).

We are looking for enthusiastic people of any age to form a small Schola Cantorum (a group of musicians which specialises in liturgical music) and to sing Gregorian Chant during the services. If you can sing, you like Gregorian Chant, would like to be part of an exciting new group, and are in a position to make this commitment, please get in touch.

Full training will be procided.

Andrew Kesiak, Community Pioneer -

Click Here for flyer

Click Here for promotional video

Evangelism and Growth

The Methodist Church is committed to being a growing, evangelistic, inclusive, justice-seeking Church – so that new people become disciples of Jesus Christ, faith deepens for everyone, and diverse communities and churches experience transformation.

“Evangelism” comes from a biblical Greek word that literally means “good news”. All Christians – not just some – are called to listen for, speak of, and live out the good news. We all have good news to share! Watch this video to hear how different people are sharing good news from their own experience of God.

Worship Video from Sunday 12th September 2021

Weekly Meditation

Christian meditation

Meditation may deepen one's experience of the presence of God, enhance self-awareness, and reduce stress and anxiety, valuable during this time of isolation.

Join a half-hour Zoom ‘guided meditation’ session, led by Peter Lumsden (local preacher in the Clitheroe circuit), every Monday evening at 7 p.m.

The sessions follow a pattern of 15 mins of spiritual reflection, combined with a focus on breathing, leading into a period of about 15 mins of silence.

Contact Peter Lumsden:

Click Here for the latest video

 to visit the Weekly Meditations page

Worship Sheets (19th September 2021)

vocations and worship

These short acts of worship have been produced for you if you are unable to attend church.  If you are well enough why not spend a few moments with God, knowing that other people are sharing this act of worship with you? 

Click Here for Word copy of worship sheet for 12th September

Click Here 
for pdf copy of worship sheet for 12th September

Click Here 
for Large Print pdf of worship sheet for 12th September

District Sunday services September 2021, 7.00 pm




Deadline for requests to attend is 1.00pm on Friday


The District Sunday Evening Services via Zoom are still continuing but are entering a new phase - in that we would like to invite other people to take a role in leading them in the future. Anyone who is interested in helping in this way, contact the District Office at the following email address:


Please contact to book  your place and not the District Office email from which this message has been sent.


Please note the deadline for applying to join the weekly service is 1.00pm on Fridays. This will greatly assist the Preston Ribble Circuit with administration. When booking you only need to state your circuit and church if it is your first time of attending, otherwise, please just send an email requesting the codes.

Click Here 
for instructions on how to use Zoom


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Content is updated weekly on Thursday afternoon

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General Data Protection Regulations

GDPR logo

The Church has always been interested in individuals in a caring, pastoral way and has sought to undertake its mission by having sufficient information available to function effectively and communicate efficiently. From the start of Methodism, John Wesley knew the value of lists!

The church, like all other bodies that hold information on people, is now required to follow regulations about how that such information is held and used. GDPR is being embraced by the church as a way to ensure the very best “good practice” as well as compliance with the law.

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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.