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Welcome

Welcome to the Wolds and Trent Methodist Circuit Website, which we hope you will find interesting and informative. Whether you are resident in the area or visiting, we invite you to find a Chapel, and share in our services and other activities. You will receive a warm welcome!

As Methodists, we are part of the World-wide Christian Church, committed to serving the communities where we are located. The Circuit is an umbrella that covers our 12 individual Churches within it, linking them together for mutual support and encouragement.

Our Methodist Circuit covers a mainly rural area which stretches from the Lincolnshire Wolds in the east, an area of outstanding natural beauty, with the market towns of Caistor and Market Rasen, to the Trent Valley in the west, with the historical town of Gainsborough and the villages on the Nottinghamshire border.

We hope that this site will be useful if you are looking for a Church in the area and helpful to all the Churches of the Circuit in creating a space for them on the Internet. We have found that all our Members within the Circuit have always been active within their communities, often with their Chapels offering a key role in village life.

That stated, we aim over the coming months to add here further valuable information about Ourselves, Methodism and Faith, and Worship Resources to encourage people on their own journey of faith.

 

Coronavirus guidance

Update - - Tuesday 17th March 15:00PM - -

It is with sadness that we recommend that worship services in Methodist Churches are suspended for the time being in line with Government guidance. We would encourage people who lead services to think about how worship might be offered in different ways, including online and using Worship at Home Sheets. It may be useful to discover ways to connect and worship from the following resource.

During this incredibly difficult time when people might want to spend time in prayer in their Methodist Church. Local trustees should consider whether it is possible to open up their churches to enable people to come and pray or sit quietly, perhaps offering prayer stations as a point of reflection with precautions around physical distancing.

Suspending services means that we advise that baptisms will not take place in public worship and if you have a wedding planned in a Methodist Church you should speak to your minister. While funerals may still take place, we would advise that the number of people attending is limited as per the Government’s advice.

In terms of Church business, we recommend that all meetings including church councils and circuit meetings should be cancelled. Districts chairs will be in touch about Synods. The next meeting of the Methodist Council has been suspended and we will advise on how essential business will be carried out. We will be issuing further advice on this.