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Latest advice about Corona Virus

Please click on this link to get the latest advice from the Methodist Church.  It includes lots of practical ideas for supporting others, staying safe and worshipping at home.

God of all hope we call on you today.
We pray for those who are living in fear:
Fear of illness, fear for loved ones, fear of other’s reactions to them.
May your Spirit give us a sense of calmness and peace.

We pray for your church in this time of uncertainty.
For those people who are worried about attending worship.
For those needing to make decisions in order to care for other
For those who will feel more isolated by not being able to attend.
Grant us your wisdom.

Holy God, we remember that you have promised that
Nothing will separate us from your love – demonstrated to us in Jesus Christ.
Help us turn our eyes, hearts and minds to you.


Rev. Melanie Greenall

The Kendal Methodist Circuit has been involved in the Stationing
Process from Sept 2019, so we are delighted to announce that the Rev
Melanie Greenall will be joining us as Superintendent of the Circuit and
Presbyter to Fellside, Sandylands and Stricklandgate in Sept 2020.

Melanie is currently a Circuit Minister in the Lincoln Methodist District;
and early in her ministry was acting Superintendent in the Lincoln South
Circuit. Previously she has worked as an NHS pharmacist in Preston,
Manchester and Kirkham for 26 years. Born in Yorkshire she attended
her local Methodist church for most of her life, becoming a local
preacher and also acting as senior church steward in her home church.
After receiving a call to ordained ministry Melanie trained at the Wesley
Study Centre, Durham, graduating in 2014. She was ordained at the
Methodist Conference in London in July 2016.

Please pray for Melanie and her churches, as she prepares to join our

Thanks go to the Circuit Invitations Committee for the work undertaken
and commitment to this process. Also thanks too to all the Circuit Churches                                             for their support, patience, prayer and grace.

Amanda Deaville, Grace Whitaker and Alastair McNeill                                                                             Circuit Stewards


Becoming a Circuit Steward

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.

Poetry Evenings at M:HUB

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.

Circuit Prayers

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!    Circuit Prayers for Stationing process 11 19          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.

Circuit Prayers for Stationing process 3

Circuit Welcome Service

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.

Rev James Tebbutt Circuit Welcome Service 2019

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.

What a lot of dog collars ...

What a lot of dog collars …

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.

Photos and news from our Circuit Weekend, 5th – 7th July 2019

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.

Circuit meal at 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.

Farmer Bill


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.

Saturday workshop at Kirkby Lonsdale

Ice cream sundaes - children's activities Circuit WeekendAnd the children didn’t miss out – with activities based on the story of Zaccheus, games in the garden and ice cream sundae making on the agenda, a great time was had by all!

“When are we going to do this again?” is the question the Leadership Team have been asked.  Watch this space!!