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Priorities for Action Spring 2019 update

The Circuit Leadership Team have been reviewing our Circuit’s five year strategy document,        Priorities for Action.  We are about half way through this 5 year period so it’s a good to time to reflect on what has worked well and see what still needs addressing.  Copies have gone out to all Circuit Meeting members and will be distributed to local Church Councils and congregations.

We will discuss the update at the next Circuit Meeting in June and also encourage all our churches to add it to their local Church Council agendas.

You can download a copy here and also from the RESOURCES, Forms & Policies tab on the website.

Methodist Women in Britain

Monday 11th March sees Arnside Methodist Church hosting a day conference on

Gender Equality: Its about time

[How we can make a difference]

With refreshments being served from 10am and Rachel Allison speaking.

Rachel is a World Federation of Methodist and United Church Women’s Helen Kim Memorial Scholar.  This role involves encouraging more young women to get involved in the World Federation and bring the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into sharper focus.  Rachel has focused on SDG 5 – Gender Equality with a specific focus on ending violence against women. She has worked for the Joint Public Issues Team and for Lord Leslie Griffiths as his Parliamentary Assistant.

To see more details and the programme of events please click here.

Prayer Vigil for Brexit

There will be a Prayer Vigil held on Tuesday 15th January as our leaders meet to vote on the future of our country. You are invited to pop into Stricklandgate Methodist Church anytime between 12 noon and 6.30pm to spend time seeking God’s blessing upon all who vote, and that they may do so with integrity and good heart, free from bias or prejudice, for the long term health of the nation.

Click here for more details



Roger Jones is leading a practical day entitled Worship Works which is open to Preachers, Worship Leaders, singers, musicians and any interested individuals.  All are welcome.  It is being held on Saturday 13th April 10am – 4pm at St Mary’s Church, Windermere.  Booking details can be found on this poster.

Successful Autumn Synod

Saturday 8th September saw nearly 100 Methodists from all over Cumbria gather at Stricklandgate Methodist Church in Kendal for the Autumn Synod. The Synod took ‘Our Calling’ as it’s theme and we were all challenged to make this coming year a year of testimony, sharing our stories with others.  Rev Richard Teal was in fine form as he chaired his penultimate Synod; his trousers were admired by all!

Bevan Powell the Methodist Church’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Adviser came to lead discussions on Marriage & Relationships. This is the start of on-going conversations within the whole Methodist Church on this subject.

With a challenging presentation from Amanda Gorton the Rural Chaplaincy Co-ordinator;  Rev D Newlove sharing ideas on how local pastors can benefit our churches; and testimony from our own Marc Jackson the morning session was full of interest.

The afternoon session was covered more business items; the first being the vote on the nomination brought to the meeting for Rev Dr James Tebbutt as our next Chair of District from 1st September 2019.  The nomination was approved.

Huge thanks goes to all those who helped make the day such a success.  Your smiles and welcome were remarked on by many.

Rev Richard Teal addressing the September Synod of Cumbria District Methodist Church

Rev Richard Teal addressing the September Synod of Cumbria District Methodist Church

Cumbria District Synod held at Stricklandgate Methodist Church, September 2018

Cumbria District Synod held at Stricklandgate Methodist Church, September 2018

Market Place Books, Kendal provided the bookstall at Synod

Market Place Books, Kendal provided the bookstall at Synod

News from M:HUB

The Kendal Methodist Circuit has appointed a new ‘local pioneer’ based at M:Hub. Penny Severn will be taking steps to establish a fresh expression of Church over her three year appointment in Milnthorpe.

The ‘Fresh Expressions’ model begins with lots of listening and talking to the community, and lots of prayers! Penny is at the café at M:Hub on Tuesday afternoons from 2 to 4:30, come and have a brew!

We pray for the project every other Monday morning from 9:15 at M:Hub (Next dates are 2nd and 16th July, 6th and 20th August) everyone interested in supporting us please do join us for that.

Milnthorpe Pioneer, Penny Severn and her family

Milnthorpe Pioneer, Penny Severn and her family

Exciting beginnings

September – and the start of an exciting time in the life of Kendal Methodist Circuit.

Friday 1st September saw Rev Richard Teal, District Chair, commissioning the Ministry Team;              Superintendent Rev David Stretton, Rev Wendy Thornton, Rev Les Hann and Marc Jackson                   who is our new Local Pastor.  They will be supported by Chris Palmer as Circuit Administrator.

Ministry Team Kendal Methodist Circuit

On Sunday 3 September the Rev Wendy Thornton was commissioned as Team Vicar in the Rainbow Parish at St Mary’s Church, Kirkby Lonsdale.  This is a ground breaking initiative as Wendy will be working for both the Methodist and Anglican churches in the area. The service was led by the Rt. Rev. James Newcombe, Bishop of Carlisle, and our Chair of District, Rev. Richard Teal, Circuit preached.

Wendy Thornton's Licensing Service

Wendy Thornton's Licensing Service 03 09 17

Circuit Service – Sunday 30th July 2017

“Finally” – this was the title of Rev John Simms’ reflections as he and Jude leave Kendal Circuit to take up a post in the National Forest East Circuit.  At a well-attended circuit service John shared with us how his various experiences over the last two years have impacted his life and witness.  With songs and hymns ranging from Matt Redman’s  ‘Blessed be your name’ to the old Joseph Hart hymn, This, this is the God we adore’ and his chosen Bible passage from Ephesians 6 on the armour of God, it was a time of celebrating how God works in the lives of His people.

Also during the service we thanked God for the work of our Local Preachers and in particular celebrated with Susan Hilton and Tom Fryers who have each completed 50 years on the Plan.  We also had a certificate for Wilf Barron, who after 64 years has decided to lay down his preaching.  We thank God, and indeed all our preachers, for the faithful way in which they minister to us.

Susan Hilton and Tom Fryers receiving their Local Preachers Long Service certificates

Susan Hilton and Tom Fryers receiving their Local Preachers Long Service certificates

Priorities for Action

Our Circuit came together on January 29th for a Circuit Service to launch Priorities for Action.

After much consultation with the churches the Circuit Staff and Stewards have worked to produce a set of six Priorities for Action.  This exciting and dynamic document will be used to inform and shape our Circuit’s decision making over the coming years with regard to how we deploy our resources and how we develop partnerships with others.

Click here to download the latest version of Priorities for Action 2016 – 2017