Welcome to the Nene Valley Methodist Circuit website.
Nene Valley is a circuit of eight congregations in East Northants, south of Corby / Kettering and north of Northampton / Bedford. Oops - a correction - our Yelden chapel is just over the border in Bedfordshire! What were two Wellingborough churches are now one fellowship with the new name, Wellingborough Methodist Church. Their Opening Service in the refurbished building on Kingsway was held on Sunday July 28th.
We are circuit 23/23 in the Northampton District of UK Methodism which means our churches are organically in connexion with all Methodist churches. But we are also cordially in partnership with others wherever possible. Indeed, our Hope church at Rushden/Higham Ferrers for some time met for worship in the Roman Catholic St Peter's Church Hall, though they moved (Nov 2016) into a new (albeit temporary) 'building' in Higham Ferrers. And our Wellingborough churches met in Park Junior School until their Kingsway premises were ready.
Our church websites show that we offer support to all ages, individually and in groups, near and far. You will recognise most of the activities listed, but how about "Peas in a Pod", or "Toilet Twinning"? In donations, or via food banks, or by meals provided and shared, we sustain bodily needs. By visiting, by conversation and fellowship, we offer the universal need for company. Above all, by worship, prayer, study and example, we provide nourishing and challenging spiritual 'food' to promote growth towards Christ. In our Manifesto 2020, we set ourselves improvements for the next two years.
In May 2017 the Circuit offered the 'Encircled in Care' training course for Pastoral Visitors and all who offer care in the Church and Community. Every church was represented. A 7th week was necessary as people wished to discuss whether or not the Circuit should explore 'Dementia Friendly Church', now extended to include mental health issues and inclusiveness. Still in its early stages, this developing ministry is led by Deacon Sylvia Kempson (supernumerary deacon).
We are a charity, Registered Number 1135896 which is just another of our numerical identifiers! But much more revealing of our faith and mission is the symbolism within our Methodist logo, the Red Orb and White Cross.
The meaning behind the logo you will find on the excellent website www.methodist.org.uk which gives a comprehensive introduction to Methodism. There you will find a huge menu of riches: details of our constitution and our mission, our beliefs and our office holders, and also links to what Methodists today are doing about the world's problems such as war, climate change, poverty, and migration.
We hope you will be able to find the local information you need about the Nene Valley Circuit by clicking on the titles above.
26th May 2020 Greetings Nene Valley Circuit
I attach this week's Circuit Service offered to us by Marie Armitage. This Sunday is Pentecost. I pray that all of you may receive God's blessing upon your lives to set aflame the light of Christ within each and every one of you.
I set out below a prayer that Mel Sweeney (from Irchester) found on Facebook, written by Clive Marsh - Vice President of Conference and who, incidentally, will the Principal of Queens Ecumenical Theological College from September.
Stay safe and well dear people.
We pray today for people who are not ok,
for parents fraught with balancing the needs of children for those anxious over work or finance
for children missing their friends and the routine or relative safety of school
for families going hungry
for those who need to grieve but have no grave to visit
for ministers struggling with the technology and isolation
for church-goers missing fellowship and familiar worship
for all who are bewildered, lonely or fearful
Send your holy spirit with a still small voice
to calm, to comfort, to counsel and reassure
so that we may know your presence
even when we are not ok.
In Jesus name we pray
Rev'd Lesley Dinham
Nene Valley Circuit Tel: 01933 312778 and 07916 75127
3rd May 2020 A FREE phone service to hear prayers and news from the Methodist Church has been launched.
Listen to a prayer: 0808 281 2514 Listen to news: 0808 281 2478 Content is updated weekly on Thursday evening.
26th May 2020 Short acts of worship are being prepared each week for home use during the present lockdown. The suggested worship for Sunday May 31st is found in Worship Services For home use
We do have another form of Worship that takes place in the Circuit each week, and is continuing to do so through zoom. I set out below in explanation, a message from Claire Jennings.
Contact was formed over 15 years ago with a passion from a group of people who wanted to explore a different style of worship. We call it all age but, this title has different connotations these days, and I favour all styles. All worship should be accessible for all ages.
Worship is for 45 mins at 09:30 on Sunday and usually takes the form of singing at the beginning, sharing of Joys & Concerns and an introduction to the theme of the day. We do this as a quiz, craft activity, team activity etc. The bible reading is shared and then a small talk/presentation is given followed by a response. This also takes different forms and then we close with a song and a blessing.
This description of Contact is the briefest that I can give, but lets you know what is offered. When we’re at the church building we have an age range from babies to 75+ but, online, if you’ve got zoom – you’re in!
If you would like to join 'Contact' for their weekly time of Worship please contact Claire. Her email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
5th May 2020 We have the author's permission to share this rethinking of Psalm 23, if we attribute it to Rev Alice Watson written for Liturgy in a Dangerous Time.
Thank you, Rev Alice
The Lord is my key worker, I shall not want for essential supplies.
He makes me lie down in clean pastures; with beds scrubbed, protected eyes smiling;
She leads me beside still waters, down empty rainbow’d streets;
They restore my dignity, and my soul.
Even though I walk, sit, am wheeled through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil of abandonment or complacency for you are with me;
your truck, and your mop, and your gloved hand – they comfort me.
You prepare a takeaway box before me
in the presence of those who disparage you;
you anoint my head with a fresh shampoo, my body with new sewn scrubs; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life
and I shall dwell in the warehouse, in the care home,
in the hospice of the Lord my whole life long
24th March 2020 the Joint Public Issues Team gives useful advice on how churches can give active help in their communities in their March Newsletter.
23rd March 2020 From Connexion See www.methodist.org.uk for full update
Closure of church buildings
The Methodist Church is announcing a closure of all its church buildings for the foreseeable future. The Methodist Church suspended worship services last week with some churches remaining open for quiet prayer and reflection. This must now also be suspended. The only exception is for churches that are offering essential social outreach such as foodbanks, soup kitchens and night shelters, but these must be carried out within government guidelines.
If you are running a night shelter, there is advice available here and here. If you are running a foodbank or soup kitchen we would urge you to seek advice on how to operate as safely as possible from central bodies such as the Trussell Trust or IFAN.
May our Gracious God continue to encircle you with love under the shadow of His wings. Rev’d Lesley 01933 312778 email@example.com
20th March 2020 TMCP has prepared some answers about Covid-19 and outside groups who have lease agreements with churches.
See the TMCP website and look for Covid-19 FAQs
16th March 2020 Article from JPIT about helping foodbanks through the extra pressure caused by COVID-19 See Public Issues Helping foodbanks
12th March 2020 A comprehensive statement about CORONAVIRUS has been sent out by the District Chair. See Important Circuit Policies Coronavirus Statement
An important diary note - the Circuit Day has now been fixed for Saturday March 27th 2021 and will be held at Orlingbury Village Hall, Rectory Lane, NN14 1JH
February 6th 2020 The latest 3Generate Manifesto is now published (See in Children and Young People)
Church Statement on eve of Brexit, January 31st 2020
An open letter from Churches in Britain to Churches in member states of the European Union
(See Public Issues UK Political)
11th November 2019 Real Living Wage Rate increased to MINIMUM of £9.30 per hour. See Impt Circuit Policies
23rd May 2019 The Time is Now
Climate justice is the critical moral, spiritual and political challenge of our generation. We are facing a climate emergency. As such we need a step-change in political ambition and commitment. The prophetic voices of faith leaders, standing together across the globe is absolutely vital in setting the moral compass for sustainable change.(See Public Issues Climate Crisis)
For statements and prayers on the problems in our world, please see the Methodist UK and the JPIT websites and the Public Issues file above. Our concerns and beliefs are firmly expressed by our President and Vice-President - - but ignored by the media which rarely mention how Methodists feel about current affairs, yet we have been in the forefront of social action for generations.
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