Ecumenical celebrations in Kirkby Lonsdale Section

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.

Lighting the beacon carried around churches in Kirkby Lonsdale

Beacons were lit at each church in the town.

Candle holder designed specifically for the signing of the Ecumenical Covenant

Rev Richard Teal designed a special candle holder with candles for each of the 11 churches who are part of this Covenant.

Click here to read the wording of the Covenant.




Explore Mindfulness from a Christian perspective

‘Explore Mindfulness’
at M:HUB Beetham Road, Milnthorpe
New sessions are beginning on Sunday 2nd June, 4-5pm on the benefits of Mindfulness Meditation.
Lead by Penny Severn, (Social Worker and Pioneer for the Methodist Church)
and Rev. David Stretton, Mindfulness has lots to teach Christians on our faith journey.
Not only does it help to reduce stress and anxiety but also gives us fresh perspectives
on the love of God, compassion and forgiveness.
We will be exploring Mindfulness meditation
and techniques together and finding out more about how it helps stress, anxiety and our spiritual lives.
‘Mindful Moments’ every Tuesday 10:30-11:30 from 4th June. Rev. David Stretton will be facilitating relaxed drop-in sessions, M:Hub’s café will be open for coffee and a chat and there will be a space in the adjoining room to have a brief meditation or do a meditative activity so you can find some stillness in your busy day.
If you would like any more info contact Penny on

Priorities for Action Spring 2019 update

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.

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