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 now meet in Park Junior School until their Kingsway premises are 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.
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.
- Give extra support to your local food banks
- Watch out for the lonely, the anxious and the vulnerable
- Reach out to EU nationals in your work place and your community
- Watch over and support other faith groups and minority ethnic communities who are experiencing increased abuse
- Encourage truthful and honest debate
- Pray in public worship and in private prayer
- Work with other churches and faith communities and charities
- Invite your community to come together
(For the full letter, see Actions on Public Issues)
9th October 2019 After weeks of delay, the landline to the Donne Close manse is connected and the old number has been restored. Rev Lesley can be contacted at her manse on 01933 312778, or on her mobile 07916 751278.
27th Sept 2019 Statement on the Political Situation by the Rev'd Dr Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference.
'It is right that there is a passionate debate about Brexit, but there is much about the tone of the current debate that is concerning, sometimes it appears that many are committed to win regardless of the cost. Our nation flourishes when we are able to respect and love one another - even those with whom we might fundamentally disagree. I am distrurbed that the current political situation is apparently eroding our ability to be a society that nurtures such respect and love.
Our constitution is being tested. Opinions appear to have become more entrenched and extreme as the scramble to win continues. The recent vitriol and hatred expressed towards MPs across the political spectrum, who seek to serve their constituents with diligence and integrity, is a deeply worrying symptom of the recent discourse.
I pray that we can see past the chaos of the moment and focus on the kind of society in which we wish to live. The yardstick for our actions should not be "Does it help me win today's battle?" Rather whether it helps us create the sort of society in which all of us can flourish.'
24th July 2019 An open letter to the new Prime Minister from leaders of 7 Christian denominations expresses concern that failing to agree a deal on Brexit will “hit those held back by poverty very hard indeed”. See Public Isues UK Political
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).
Paul Morrison is the Policy Advisor at JPIT with particular responsibility for poverty and inequality. He spoke at our Irchester Church on Feb 10th and met members who volunteer at Irthlingborough Foodbank. In the Feb JPIT Newsletter he mentions this conversation. See Public Issues - Local Foodbanks
The 3Generate Manifesto 2019 is now here. See in Children and Young People
JPIT view on the Two Child Policy See Public Issues UK Political
5th November 2019 Real Living Wage Rate increased to MINIMUM of £9.00 per hour. See Impt Circuit Policies
31 August The Summer 2018 edition of 'the connexion' magazine has two articles concerning the Nene Valley Circuit. Paul Taylor, now Operations Director at Cliff College, writes about a new worship development in which he was involved when at our GPS Wellingborough church. Jamie Poole, an active member and steward at our Irthlingborough church, gives his 'vocational' testimony of a new direction for his life and art. See News Connexion Articles
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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