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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

Family Project Leader – KLMC & Rainbow Parish

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

Completed application forms need to be returned to  by 1pm on 27th October.

The postal address is The Parish Office, 1 Bective Road, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria, LA6 2BG,

Ordinand’s Testimony Service

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.

Wendy's testimony

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.

Wendy Richard and Mel

Wendy's testimony service


Wendy and Richard