Welcome to the Nene Valley Methodist Circuit website.
Nene Valley is a circuit of nine congregations in East Northants, south of Corby / Kettering and north of Northampton / Bedford - correction - our Yelden chapel is just over the border in Bedfordshire! The 'nine' will shortly become eight as our two Wellingborough churches are about to become one fellowship in a refurbished building.
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 one of our Wellingborough churches now meets in Park Junior School.
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) alongside Rev'd Margaret Eales and Rev'd Kim Shorley.
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.
NEW NAME DECIDED The Joint Church Council meeting of GPS and Kingsway churches chose the new name for their combined church on Feb 15th. Their name is to be Wellingborough Methodist Church.
Paul Morr Paul Morrison is the Policy Advisor at JPIT with particular responsibility for poverty and inequality. He spoke at 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
NEW: Living Lent
The JPIT website invites us to take up one of six suggested challenges. See Public Issues: Living Lent
The call to climate action is getting louder and louder, with research showing that our window of time to change predictions of the future is getting smaller and smaller.
So, this year, over the 40 days of Lent (beginning 6th March) we are inviting you to become part of the 'Living Lent' community, where together we will make significant, personal commitments to changing our lifestyles for the climate.
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
11th December Details of ACTS 29 available See Children & Young People Acts 29
11th December From Sept 1st, the Northampton Methodist District will require a replacement for our long-serving District Archivist. The District Archivist role calls for someone who has an interest in Methodist history and heritage. Our history is important. Contact the Reverend Canon Helen D Cameron, Chair of the Northampton District.
20th November Rev'd Lesley Dinham has accepted our invitation to join us in the Nene Valley Circuit as our Superintendent Minister from 1st September 2019, subject to confirmation of Stationing at Conference 2019.
5th November Real Living Wage Rate increased to MINIMUM of £9.00 per hour. See Impt Circuit Policies
10th November Kingsway Poppy Display See Our Churches Kingsway
25 October Universal Credit: increasing hunger by design See an article from JPIT in Action on Public Issues, UK Politics Universal Credit
25 October JPIT Newsletter has article on Climate Change. See Public Issues - International - Climate Change
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
JPIT, (Baptist, Church of Scotland, Methodist and UR Churches) launches a campaign to challenge the government’s approach to illegal immigration, which they say is leading to destitution, discrimination and distrust. (See Public Issues UK Political)
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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