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.
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
Attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue, Pittsburgh
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Michaela Youngson and Bala Gnanapragasam, have condemned the recent atrocity carried out at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in which eleven people died. They also offered their deep condolences both to the families and friends of the victims and more widely to the Jewish community which was deliberately targeted in this act of extremist hate crime.
The Revd Youngson said: “We are deeply saddened by this tragic news; our prayers are with the victims and families of those affected and with all members of the Jewish community, both in the United States and in this country, who feel under attack from anti-Semitic language, threats and acts of violence. There can be no justification for such horrific acts of violence or the extremist views which reportedly motivated the killer. We must continue to pray for peace within and between nations, and to act as peacemakers in our communities."
The Methodist Conference, meeting in Nottingham earlier this year, passed a motion deploring the rise of anti-Semitic hate incidents in our own country, saying that: “the Conference deplores all such attacks and absolutely condemns anti-Semitism as evil and wrong."
Methodists believe that all humankind is made in God’s image and that hate crimes defile our understanding of God and of what it is to be human. As we pray for those directly affected by the Pittsburgh attack, we also commit ourselves afresh to promote understanding, cohesion and peace between different communities.
God of Abraham and Sarah
We pray for all caught up in the attack at the Synagogue in Pittsburgh,
hold them in your light and peace.
You call us to follow you in times of ease and in times of fear,
you call us to live as those who weave dreams and bring peace.
In our outrage and despair we call upon you to comfort those who mourn,
and mend the wounds of those injured.
God of peace, turn words of hate into actions of love, move us from fear to hope
and may your will be done on earth as in heaven.
In your mercy, hear our prayer.
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
Nene Valley Circuit Choir perform 'Legacy of Faith' on 7th and 14th November. See Circuit Choir..
Indonesia appeal All We Can and The Methodist Church in Britain have launched an urgent appeal following the destruction caused by the earthquake and tsunami on Sulawesi. Whichever aid organisatin you support, please give whatever you can as soon and often as you can.
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
9 August Twenty Church leaders have called for an end to the hostile environment in an open letter to the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid MP.
21st June 2018 Churches urge end to ‘hostile environment’ policies
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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