Welcome to the Website for Chorley and Leyland Methodist Circuit.
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 , 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.
Members 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.
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.
Our 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
New Year Message
HAPPY NEW YEAR to all across our Chorley and Leyland Circuit, and beyond.
Many years ago, one of our children used to greet the change from one year to the next by crying out 'Happy New You'. It always made us chuckle, especially we we knew that many people would use this time of year to grapple with resolutions to live better, eat healthier, exercise more, and any number of ways to create a 'new you'.
I often look forward to the start of a new year, with all its promise and unknown opportunity, and an expectant hope as we approach the Methodist season of Covenant renewal.
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.
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Church Life Review
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.
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Please take a look at our Circuit video and learn more about our Circuit and who we are.
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
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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Circuit 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); email@example.com or Revd Andrew Mashiter; Superintendent Minister, (Tel 01257 263251); firstname.lastname@example.org
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