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.
There seem to be a number of scams using Christian terms at the moment. Please be very careful. Never reply to such a text or email. Rather contact the person by a different means to check. Your Ministers will not ask you to purchase gift cards on their behalf by email or text. Please let us know if you receive such an email or text.
Prayers for COP26 - the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties
The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31st October – 12th November 2021.
Leading up to that event Deacon Cedric May is writing a series of prayers, one for each day of the month throughout October. The theme is "Prayers for the Planet and COP26".
Each week's prayers will be found as a part of our Pause for Thought Area. Please take a look if you wish.
As some of our congregation members may still feel unable to return to worship services within the Circuit's Methodist Churches we have found different ways in which to connect and maintain worship...
We are preparing home worship resources for each Sunday... Please download this week's HERE. This resource is available alongside the Circuit Zoom Service, a live video-conferencing service that will be taking place each Sunday at 4:00 PM if you wish to join us. If you need help regarding downloading Zoom, connecting to the service via your computer or telephone then please contact one of the circuit ministers.
Update - - Thursday 12th August 2021 - -
All the Churches of the Wolds and Trent Circuit are now open for worship but please check the plan as some worship patterns have changed and may continue to change.
We are singing and some churches have Coffee Fellowship afterwards depending on their circumstances. In the case of Coffee Fellowship, we are retaining the reasonable safe practices for cafes when providing or distributing food and drink.
As a Church, we encourage frequent handwashing and sanitising on entry to the building and in general, although it is not compulsory, we encourage the use of face coverings and people are asked to wear them whilst moving around our buildings.
We have increased ventilation and we have, for the moment, shortened services to 40-45 minutes to decrease the risk of infection. However, we would ask that if people are unwell, they remain at home. At this time, please limit personal contact and deter from hand shaking and hugging. We also do not encourage passing the offering plate, but if you do not give online, there will be a plate at the exit door of each church for people to leave their offering.
If you have specific questions about a particular Church please contact the Minister with Pastoral Responsibility.
Update - - Wednesday 8th July 2020 09:00AM - -
A short update on where we find ourselves and looking towards the reopening of churches.
Caistor, Gainsborough and Market Rasen are on the way to completing risk assessment for the reopening of the buildings for worship. Once the risk assessment and risk management or risk action plan are prepared and resources purchased then the churches will begin to reopen. The capacity will be determined as the plans are written and legally the churches have to agree to these within the capacity and risk management plans.
We can now do funerals, weddings and baptism, we can even have Communion, (once the risk assessment etc is complete and agreed by church councils) but there are strict guidelines to follow and we will have to decide whether these are worth following with families and for specific situations.
There is new guidance due for “community Halls” which might open up letting possibilities but at the moment seems only to apply to some very specific groups. Financially that continues to mean we have churches who are struggling to meet assessment. At conference people were reminded we are connexional and those who have reserves or finance might assist others. The district used the words, “remember generosity and compassion”, none of us are clear where this situation will leave churches financially but we encourage you to find ways of continuing to give and support the church you belong to.