Fresh Expressions Day Conference

Saturday 18th November, Castle Green Hotel, Kendal

A creative collision of conversation, interaction, workshops and keynote speakers from across the UK on all things Fresh Expressions and pioneering.  For anyone interested in finding out more about Fresh Expressions, those already involved, and leaders who want to make more space for creative Fresh Expressions of church in their locality.

Click here for more details and booking.

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

Family Project Leader

This is a unique opportunity to work amongst a vibrant and growing community in a beautiful location. You will help us develop our connections with young families and their children.  You will identify and create opportunities to explore and nurture faith in God. You will work as part of the ecumenical team in a supportive environment.

This is a new project led by the Anglican and Methodist Churches in and around Kirkby Lonsdale.   It is part of the ecumenical vision for Cumbria that every person will have encountered the gospel by 2020!
You will need to be:
• Bold, visionary and creative

• A Strategic and practical leader

• An effective community networker

£23,000 – 30,000 p.a


Click here for a copy of the information pack and here for a PDF of the Application pack.

Email for a Word edition of the application form.

Application closing date is at 12.00 noon on 2nd June 2017.    Interview date is 13th June 2017

Local Pastor advertisement

Kendal Methodist Circuit is looking to appoint a Local Pastor to work alongside Sandylands, Stricklandgate and Fellside Methodist churches.

Fixed term appointment from 1 September 2017 until 31 July 2021

Salary £22-23.5K – plus housing

Closing date 21 April 2017 at 12 noon

Interviews on Tuesday 2 May 2017

There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement for the holder of this post to be a Christian

Click here to download a PDF version of our information and application pack

Click here to download a PDF version of our Circuit Strategy: Priorities for Action

If you wish to make an application then you may need a Word version of the pack – if so, then please email us at:

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,

MWiB Report from September Synod

Let me start by saying that this is now my 6th & final year as Rep, so we are praying that a successor will be found! If you know/are a possible candidate, please ring Delphine -01539 737305.  Thank-you.


 It has been a busy year for MWiB nationally, as indicated in my last report to Synod in May, where I listed future events, all now past. The highlight was the Paul Field Concert in London, to celebrate the culmination of the Dalit Project- an amazing and blessed event with guests from the CNI present, as they also were at the opening of the MWiB Exhibition of artefacts at Epworth Old Rectory; another wonderful occasion, with Jill Barber as special guest. Jude Simms is now leading on Communications for MWiB, following her trip to Houston for the World Federation Conference of Methodist Women, along with 55+ women from these isles! The MWiB sponsored Focus Group w/e in Windermere, to discuss resources for the visually impaired, was most fruitful, under the guidance of “Shoreline Conversations”. We were also inundated with entries for the Julie Hulme Memorial Writing Competition – wonderful. Applications for Empowerment Gifts and SCA Grants are again being welcomed, so please do visit the website for details. MWiB Forum meets again in October at Swanwick, where we will welcome new Reps, who this time will have undertaken a two day induction to help them in their new role. Jill Baker (Connexional Vice-President for 2017/18) led another Lindisfarne Pilgrimage in August and is considering a Scottish Pilgrimage. Jill is also booked to lead the MWiB Area Conference at Rydal Hall in July 2017, which we are pleased to be hosting and is entitled- “Pilgrims on a Journey”.

Margaret’s report highlights our District news, whilst mine gives a flavour of the National Scene. There are also many active groups/individuals beavering away under the banner of MWiB, which is open to all.

We value all support of MWiB and are keen to engage with women wherever they may be through Annual reports, Newsletters(National & District), emails & website , personal contact & MWiB meetings!! So:-

A Few Future Events in Cumbria & Nationally.   Do visit

Autumn Day 11th October at Penrith with Rev Teal & Commissioning of the Leadership Team

World Federation Day Oct 29th, at Rowbarton MC, Taunton; “ A Taste of Texas”. Houston feedback !!

Thornleigh Residential, Nov 7th-9th at Grange with guest lead Angie Mills formerly of Capernwray.

2017 Events eg Spring Meeting at Arnside March 14th & Creativity Day  May 20th 2017 at Warrington.

Swanwick Conference with Bishop Rosemarie Wenner; March 31st- April 2nd (free places available)

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