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.
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.
“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
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
After much discussion and prayer over the last 2 years Kirkby Lonsdale Methodist Church and the Rainbow Parish are pleased to advertise for the post of Family Project Leader. This is a joint initiative to work with families and aims:-
- to help children and their families in our communities, and particularly those with whom the local church currently has little or no contact, discover more of God and God’s purpose for their lives.
- for the project to be ‘strategic’ – it will develop our understanding of the issues both local and wider that are barriers to people understanding the Gospel and its relevance to their lives.
- The project will need to be ‘practical’ – it will involve initiatives that will directly engage with children and their families in a way that is meaningful to them and ultimately leads them to faith and worship.
You can download the advert and information pack here, but the application pack must be requested from email@example.com
Completed application forms need to be returned to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1pm on 27th October.
The postal address is The Parish Office, 1 Bective Road, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria, LA6 2BG,
Penrith Methodist Church was the venue for the Ordinand’s Testimony Service when Rev Wendy Thornton and Deacon Melanie Beavan told their stories of how they came into ministry.
With hymns and songs chosen by the two Ordinands and Bible readings that talked of the gifts of Ministry and how they should be used this was an inspiring and uplifting service. Supported by family, friends and members of their congregations we heard about their calling from God and the response they felt compelled to offer. The Rev Rachel Williams preached a sermon that set out clearly the role of the Minister and the responsibilities of each church member in supporting the Body of Christ. This was the District’s chance to show our support to Wendy and Melanie as they approach ordination in July.
Sandylands have produced a flood update and prayer points for March.
Please click on the links below for copies of these documents.
Flooding update – March 2016
March Prayer points
The Circuit has now decided to retain the building and that it should be redeveloped as a community space for the village and also as a base for Christian mission work in the area. For this to happen, we need volunteers from across the Circuit.
Please click here for further details about this exciting new opportunity.
We encourage you to take some time to read and pray for our friends at Sandylands. Here is the latest copy of Prayer Points
If you would like to download the latest prayer points for the flood relief work going on at Sandylands please click here
For January’s prayer points click on the link here
Please click here for details of how you could help the victims of the recent floods.
Last year Christian disability charity Through the Roof carried out a survey of disabled people’s experience of church, and two months ago they launched a free resource called All of Us Complete in Christ to help churches address the issues that disabled people are raising. This publication contains the results of the survey and a very comprehensive index of resources to help churches to better serve the disabled people in their communities. It can be downloaded here. There is also a website you can visit for more information. www.throughtheroof.org