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We started the weekend with food and fellowship – always a good beginning! 70 of us sat down to a fully catered meal on a gloriously sunny Friday evening in Arnside.
Physical hunger satisfied we moved into the worship space at Arnside Methodist Church for a service of Praise & Prayer. With worship starting at 7:30pm more people were able to join us for a time of lively sung worship, teaching and quiet reflective prayer. With musicians from around the Circuit, Sue Gardner the worship leader at Arnside, leading prayers and Rev David Stretton, our Superintendent preaching it was an uplifting time. David introduced Weeble ‘Farmer Bill’ to us – ‘Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down’ – challenging us to make Jesus our centre of gravity.
On Saturday we met at Kirkby Lonsdale Methodist Church for workshops led by Rev Wendy Thornton and Rev Jeff Thomas. We reflected on God’s question to Elijah ‘What are you doing here’ from 1 Kings 19: 1-13 and Jesus’ question to Peter ‘Who do you say that I am’ from Mark 8:27-35. With time out at lunchtime to enjoy the sunshine, either in the garden at church or wandering around the town, the day was much appreciated by all who attended.
And the children didn’t miss out – with activities based on the story of Zaccheus, games in the garden and ice cream sundae making on the agenda, a great time was had by all!
Our outgoing Chair of District Rev Richard Teal has been chosen by Conference as the President Elect for 2020/21.
Following his election, Richard said: “I feel honoured, humbled, privileged and amazed to have been elected the President Designate. During the year of office I hope to give particular emphasis to the rural church and community alongside an affirmation of our ecumenical relationships as forms of mission and outreach.”
Carolyn Lawrence, a former mission partner in Guyana, has been elected Vice President for 2020/21.
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As shared at June’s Circuit Meeting…
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Sunday 12th May saw our Chair of District Rev Richard Teal, Bishop James and Rev George Bissett for the Diocese of Lancaster join other local clergy and many members of the congregations of the Rainbow Parish, Kirkby Lonsdale and Cowan Bridge Methodist Churches and St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Kirkby in a service of celebration. A Covenant was signed celebrating the journey of prayer and collaboration in the town over many years and affirming that together the churches will seek to help everyone in their communities to discover more of God and His purpose for their lives.
Beacons were lit at each church in the town.
Rev Richard Teal designed a special candle holder with candles for each of the 11 churches who are part of this Covenant.
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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.
Please keep yourself up to date with what’s going on in the District in April by downloading or reading the April newsletter here