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, Wellingborough Methodist Church, and their refurbished building on Kingsway comes into use in late July.
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 now meet in Park Junior School until their Kingsway premises are 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) 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.
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12th June 2019 Wellingborough M C have dates for moving into their refurbished building. The builders complete on Friday 12th July but there will then be a major effort required to clean, wash etc.
A first short service will be held on Sunday 21st July, followed by cleaning! Further cleaning, washing, dusting etc will prepare the building for the
OPENING WEEKEND events on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th.The OPENING SERVICE will be held at 10.00am on Sunday July 28th plus lunch.
Still at Wellingborough, the Leaving Service for Rev Margaret Eales will then be at 4.00pm followed by afternoon tea.
THEN --- the room must be cleared ready for Holiday Club on Monday 29th July.
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)
10th May 2019 Euro Elections Don't switch off in desperation! JPIT have published this prayer.
God of Justice, you have given us the chance to vote.
Help us to reflect and use our votes wisely to tackle injustice where we see it, and to pray for countries where people do not have the opportunity to vote.
God of Love, you tell us to love our neighbours as ourselves. Help us to participate in elections in ways which demonstrate our love for our neighbour, and to wrestle with what the common good means for us today.
God of Transformation, you have called some people to put themselves forward as candidates. Help them as we debate their ideas for a better world and support them as they experience the strain and privilege of election.
We ask these things in the name of your son Jesus Christ, Amen.
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
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
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 - Climate Crisis
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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