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 has been 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 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 in 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.

What's New on the Website

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  CHURCH LIFE REVIEW               CHRISTMAS IN                      APPOINTMENT                           PUBLISHING       
                                                         THE CIRCUIT     

Important Announcement


The Circuit Invitation Committee, on behalf of the Circuit Meeting, is delighted to announce that on Monday 19th November, Rev’d Gill Welsh was invited to join the Circuit Staff team and the invitation was accepted. 

In September 2019, Gill will take presbyteral responsibility for the Leyland and Midge Hall churches and share pastoral responsibility in these churches with Deacon Ellen Monk-Winstanley and Deacon Sylvie Phillips. 

Click Here to read more.

Church Life Review

CLR 2018
The September 2018 Circuit Meeting approved a 
proposal from the Circuit Leadership Team (CLT)
to undertake a year-long process of strategic review throughout our Circuit.

We are calling it our
Church Life Review.


In the light of a shortage of minsters (presbyters and deacons) across our denomination (and indeed the wider Church); with real issues concerning the sustainability of some of our church buildings, a widespread shortage of office holders and a struggle to make new disciples, our churches are being asked to grapple with some serious and urgent questions. Our prayer is that through the process, we’ll be challenged about different ways of doing things – particularly how ministry (in the broadest sense) takes place in our churches. There is a contemporary challenge to the whole church to explore discipleship, vocation, ministry and particularly Lay ministry. For some really interesting articles see the 
Connexion magazine.

Click Here to read more

Circuit Video

Please take a look at our Circuit video and learn more about our Circuit and who we are.

Celebration Service

celebration service

On Sunday 9th September we held our Celebration Service at Buckshaw Village church where we said farewell to Melody Clarke, our Schools Worker. We also welcomed Andrew Kesiak, our Pioneer Ministry Enabler to the Circuit and welcomed our guest speaker Sally Binymin.

Circuit Celebration 2018

1000 letters

Can you write a letter to those attending 3Generate? A letter to help them be courageous in their faith by sharing something of your own faith story.

Could you share something about your experiences of being part of a church/faith community. Maybe you remember special people or moments from growing up in a church - could you share some of that story?

Find out more below:



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

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.


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