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.

Message from our Superintendent Minister - May 2020

To read previous message from our Superintendent Minister click 

Bible Month - June 2020

Book of Ruth We are really excited for Bible Month this year, and as well as our weekly celebrations focusing each week on one of the four chapters which make up the book of Ruth, we have bible study groups which we'd love you to think of joining.

It would be helpful if you watch the introductory videos, and make some notes, if that's helpful, for discussion in the groups during the week. Watch out for emails, and for posts on our Circuit Facebook Page (Chorley and Leyland Methodist) and our Circuit YouTube Page (Chorley and Leyland Methodist Circuit), where there will be regular updates and reflections during this coming week, to get us going. Click Here to read more

Worship, Sunday 7th June 2020, 10.30 am 

online worship
Please click Here for a downloadable sheet for Sunday 7th June 2020

Please click Here to view the video for our last Worship on 31st May 2020

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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Coronavirus - Official Guidance


Tuesday 12th May 2020

A statement from the Revd Dr Jonathan Hustler, Secretary of the Conference:

“Methodists have missed being able to gather for worship in church buildings over the last two months and look forward to the resumption of public worship when it is safe for this to happen.

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District Sunday service 7th June 2020, 7.00 pm




Deadline for requests to attend is 1.00pm on Friday


Our by now regular worship gathering via Zoom will take place on Sunday at 7.00pm. I think everyone has now found the mute button but we must remember to be muted unless we have been invited to say something as Zoom responds to any noise. The use of chat for prayers has developed and will now be recorded and sent to all those who ask to join so it can be used in prayers the following week.


Once again we will be singing, I’ve called it “Duets with Jason”. As we will all be muted except Jason you can then sing along at home at whatever volume you want! If you have a hymnbook to hand it would be helpful although we will try to get the words up as well, however, this may be more complicated. 


We can still only admit 100 devices at any one time. We have been able to accommodate everyone who has applied so far so we haven’t increased the number available but we will continue to monitor the situation.


If you have attended before you simply need to email requesting the codes.  If, however, you are attending for the first time please state which circuit and church you are coming from.


Applications need to be sent to   

Deadline for requests to attend is 1.00pm on Friday

Click Here for instructions on how to use Zoom

Coronavirus Guidance for Property


The Government is due to give an update on its lockdown guidance on Sunday May 10. We will consider any changes carefully and update our own guidance as necessary. The Secretary to the Conference will meet Ecumenical colleagues later this week and District Chairs and the Warden of the Diaconal Order on Monday May 11 and will discuss any possible changes with them.  As usual, any updates will be shared on the Methodist Church website and on our social media channels. 

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

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Prayer 21


Across the world and across our country there have been calls for prayer. The response I have received these last few days reminds me that when we pray together it feels like something special. In this time of isolation there is no need to be alone because prayer joins us together. It is a reminder of the words of Jesus when two or three are gathered.

We are learning to be gathered differently and if that means virtually, watching live streaming, or on Zoom, as many of our District meetings now take place, we can be gathered. 

I’ve been thinking about how Methodists in Lancashire can pray together and I have a suggestion for you. I invite you to join with me in prayer every night at 9.00pm. Lancashire District’s number is 21. On the 24-hour clock 9.00 pm is 21:00, so, if you like it is Lancashire’s time! I’d like you to pray for sixteen minutes because the Circuits in the Lancashire District number between 1 and 16.  There are few gaps and I’ll come to that later. I know some people will find that time difficult and it may be a challenge, so you could choose another time, but make it special. It would be great if as many people as possible could join together at 9.00pm every day throughout this time so whilst we may be alone, we are together.

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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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Corona Virus


Posters for displaying at your church buildings

The Methodist Church have provided posters for display at your churches for if you are open for prayer, or stating there will be no acts of worship on the premises.  Please click on the links to download them.

Gregorian Chant
gregorian chantEvery third Sunday at 7.30 pm

St Therese's Chapel, Lisieux Hall, Dawson Lane, Whittle-le-Woods, PR6 7DX

Gregorian Chant services, for anyone seeking a more traditional 
worship as a churchgoer, or for anyone who doesn't attend church and simply wishes to find a deeper spiritual connection within themselves

For more information, please contact
Andrew Kesiak, Community Pioneer - email -; Facebook - @gregorianchantinchorley

Click Here for poster



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.