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.
The Nene Valley Circuit is happy to announce that our next Young People and Families Worker will be Rachael Newman. Rachael takes on the YPF role on January 1st 2020. Rachel Lawrence, who successfully initiated this work, is leaving the area and moving to Northern Ireland.
Thursday Nov 21st 2019 The Revd Dr Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference, has released a statement following the US Government announcement on settlements in Israel. (See Public Issues - International)
The Circuit Choir presents three events for Christmas 2019:
Thursday Dec 12th at Irthlingborough M C at 7.30pm: 'Tapestry of Light' - a Christmas Cantata by Joseph Martin
Friday Dec 20th at Wellingborough M C at 7.30pm: Candlelight Evening of light music plus carols for all to join in singing
Sunday Jan 5th at Wollaston M C at 3pm: 'Tapestry of Light'
11th November 2019 Real Living Wage Rate increased to MINIMUM of £9.30 per hour. See Impt Circuit Policies
25th October 2019 A prayer for the people who died in the lorry found in Essex from the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference
For unknown people who have died in a lorry, for unknown suffering to family and friends,
we pray with heartbreak and sorrow because we know this should never happen.
We know that behind the headlines there is an unheard story of despair.
We know that we have overlooked things we should have seen.
We know that as individuals and a society we need to change.
For God’s sake, bring us to our knees in contrition and to our feet with outrage.
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)
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)
The 3Generate Manifesto 2019 is now here. See in Children and Young People
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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