Chorley and Leyland Methodist Circuit


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.

Methodist Conference 2021

METHODIST CHURCHPlease find a link below for anyone who may be interested in attending Conference 20201 in Birmingham. Please return completed forms to Mrs Carolyn Hothersall, Synod Secretary, by Saturday 5th September 2020 at the latest.

Click Here to download the form

Message from our Superintendent Minister - May 

To read previous message from our Superintendent Minister click 

Worship, Sunday 26th July, 10.30 am 

Gregorian Chant

Gregorian ChantRecently Andrew Kesiak, Community Pioneer Enabler, began preparing a Gregorian Chant service.

Whereas Gregorian Chant is communal singing and communal prayer, the current situation forces us to take a different approach to services and initiatives that, under normal circumstances, would retain their traditional character. 

Please find below the video and do share with others this beautiful service.

District Sunday service August 2020, 7.00 pm




Deadline for requests to attend is 1.00pm on Friday


The weekly Sunday Evening Services via Zoom will continue to take place at 7.00pm on the Sundays throughout August, however, due to holidays the codes for the 9th and 16th have been distributed or will be available by contacting Revd Rick Ormrod at Please bear with us during this short period as our usual provision of checking bookings and circulating hymns and prayers is limited, therefore, if you haven't already received the codes book early to secure a place.


For the 23rd August onward the booking system will return to the usual format, the instructions for which are below.


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.


Please contact in both cases 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.

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for instructions on how to use Zoom

Coronavirus Update - Property


19th May 2020

The Government launched its new strategy to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic in its document - Our Plan to Rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy.  A number of points within the plan will have an impact on churches and their properties across the Connexion.  In response to this the Conference Office, Connexional Property Team and TMCP have co-ordinated their approach to develop a set of property related guidance for managing trustees.  This guidance is outlined below under relevant ‘themed’ headings to help trustees find the specific guidance which is relevant to their church, or signposts to other websites for other relevant information.

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dial a prayer

FREE phone lines for prayers and news from the Methodist Church

Listen to a prayer: 0808 281 2514
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Content is updated weekly on Thursday afternoon

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Prayer 21 - Praying for Lancashire

From Paul Davis, 10th June 2020

It has been some weeks since I wrote Praying 21 which has been used across the District.  I don’t think I am alone in finding this is probably the time to try something different. Here is a new offering to help you pray at nine pm. Keep praying 21 but if you want a new format here it is.

An Explanation:

I have a great fondness for acrostic prayers, where each line builds into something. In the prayer handbook I chose Respond here I have chosen Lancashire.

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Prayer for our schools, colleges, universities


Lord Jesus, Word of Life,
we lift to you, especially today, all engaged in our education system in the UK.

We pray for Head Teachers, Principals and all leaders in education, managing their provisions under increasingly difficult circumstances.  Grant them wisdom, compassion, clarity, strength, resilience and lots of encouragement and support.

We pray for all children and young people as their schools and colleges close - especially those anxious and fearful of what the next few weeks and months might be like - those for whom their school is a constant safe space.
May Your peace and protection surround them.

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Look out for our new look Circuit news sheet / magazine. We hope it is one way in which we can keep 
everyone up to date with what’s going on and who’s involved in what.

It now incorporates the Circuit Preaching Plan - an essential document for many Methodists!  - but hopefully our mini-articles and pieces like the Circuit Meeting Digest will keep you briefed on important aspects of Circuit life. With your suggestions (and contributions!) this format could grow. Let’s share good news!


General Data Protection Regulations

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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

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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.