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.
At our Irthlingborough Methodist Church on SATURDAY FEBRUARY 29th, 10.00 am to 3.30 pm
the District are holding a REIMAGINE Conference
Everyone an Evangelist
Discussions, workshops and speakers including Rev Steve Wild (Past President, now Chair of Cornwall District), Ali Johnson (Cliff College) and Rev Jill Marsh
Doors open at 9.30 with parking at the school opposite
To book your place, phone Rev Kim on 01933 622137
or visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/everyone-an-evangelist-tickets-85401581429
The Nene Valley Circuit is happy to announce that our next Young People and Families Worker will be Rachael Newman as from January 1st 2020. Rachel Lawrence, who successfully initiated this work, has left the area and moved to Northern Ireland.
13 December 2019 An Open Letter to the Prime Minister
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have written to the new Prime Minister, assuring him of their prayers and asking for clarification on key issues including climate change, poverty and social cohesion.
We wish to congratulate you on being given the responsibility by the British electorate to form a government, and assure you of our prayers and the prayers of the Methodist people as you take on that responsibility.
Churches are rooted in communities around Britain. It is our task to emphasize, from our ground level experience of British society, issues which we believe must be seen as key priorities.
Creation does not belong to us. Our task is to nurture and recognise our place within it. Many of our members see climate change and environmental degradation as the most pressing issues of our day. Can you tell us what steps you will be taking internationally and domestically to help the UK to reach its climate change targets? What kind of lead will you be taking at the 2020 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow?
Many of our churches and church members are involved in running foodbanks and offering support for people caught up in poverty. Foodbanks should not have to exist. Can you clarify for us what steps your new government will take to address the scandalous levels of poverty, and particularly child poverty?
The church is an inter-generational, multi-ethnic, socially diverse collection of communities. It is far from perfect. But we have seen in our communities growing forms of hostility, divisiveness and hatred, and have sought to support people who have experienced such discord. What active steps will your government now take to work towards healing and greater concord in society?
We wrote to you, Prime Minister, in July to express our concern that a No Deal Brexit was likely to impact the poorest communities very hard indeed. We wish to reaffirm our concern that the poorest in society face huge risks as our trading relations with EU are rewritten. We seek your reassurance that needs of families facing poverty will be central to the proposed trade deal and that should it not be in place before the transition period expires that comprehensive measures are put in place to protect them from the ensuing upheaval.
Revd Dr Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference
Professor Clive Marsh, Vice-President of the Methodist Conference
11th November 2019 Real Living Wage Rate increased to MINIMUM of £9.30 per hour. See Impt Circuit Policies
10th October 2019 A letter from the District Chair, Rev'd Helen Cameron
A Christian response to Brexit
There is an important role for us as Christian people at this time in making practical expressions of love and hope to our communities and to individuals. Here are 8 steps we can take today. Don't be limited to 8 and don't under-estimate what we can achieve together. (For the full letter, see Actions on Public Issues)
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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