Are you looking for a way to serve the Church? The Circuit is currently looking for someone to explore becoming a Circuit Steward – and you can ‘try before you buy!’ If this is something you are interested in the Leadership Team are suggesting a three month’s trial period so that you can get a taste of what’s involved. Interested? Then check out the role description here and speak to your Minister or one of the Circuit Stewards. Their names can be found on the ‘About’ page of this website.
A new group is starting at M:HUB on Tuesday 14 January at 7.30pm and then on the second Tuesday of each month.
Come along and explore the ways in which contemporary poets have written about God – and drink coffee at the same time! No experience or expertise necessary. Everyone is very welcome.
A £2.00 donation towards cost of coffee and room hire is requested.
If you would like to download or read the Winter 2019 MWiB newsletter, please click here.
If you would like to download the December 2019 to February 2020 prayer diary please click here.
If you would like information and a booking form for the residential weekend Travelling in Hope, 3rd-5th April 2020 at Swanwick in Derbyshire please click here.
Philippians – a letter of hope, filled with prayer.
We had to put out more chairs – always a good start – for our Circuit prayers on Monday evening! Around 40 people gathered at Stricklandgate to pray for the Connexional Stationing Matching Group meetings. With singing, Biblical reflection, colouring and buzz groups, together we explored in prayer our worries and concerns and our hopes and dreams for our churches. Listening to the entire letter to the church at Phillippi being read out gave a whole new perspective to our understanding and was such an encouragement.
You can download a copy of the Good News from around the Circuit as shared in September’s Circuit Meeting here.
Yesterday saw the Circuit welcoming the ministry team for 2019/2020 at a special Circuit Service at Stricklandgate. Rev Tricia Rogers will be ministering in the Kendal Churches, supported by Rev Jeff Thomas; and Peter McCabe who will be lay pastor at Storth & Levens, supporting Rev David Stretton. They join our existing team of Rev David Stretton, Superintendent; Rev Wendy Thornton and Chris Palmer, circuit administrator.
Rev Tricia is an Anglican colleague who is joining us for a year to work alongside the three Kendal Churches encouraging the congregations in their walk with Jesus; their ministry to the communities in which the churches as based; and to grow existing ecumenical links. In this she will be ably supported by Rev Jeff Thomas, one of our Supernumerary Ministers who has graciously agreed to come out of retirement and work part time in the Circuit for this time.
Peter McCabe will be working part time in the Kent Estuary section, and particularly with the churches in Levens and Storth.
Our new District Chair, Rev Dr James Tebbutt preached from texts from Isaiah 42 and John 13 on the nature of servanthood and encouraged the whole congregation to engage with the communities in which we are placed, sharing and showing the love of God.
Joining the congregation were colleagues from many of the churches [Anglican, Catholic, URC and non-conformist] situated within the area the Circuit covers, as well as the Bishop of Penrith, The Revd Dr Emma Ineson. We were also honoured that the Deputy Mayor of Kendal, Cllr Doug Rathbone and the SLDC Leader Giles Archibald, agreed to attend.
With hymns chosen by members of the Ministry Team this was a meaningful service at the start of the new Methodist year.
Photos courtesy of Bob Pritchard.
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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.
“When are we going to do this again?” is the question the Leadership Team have been asked. Watch this space!!
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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