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 with the new name, Wellingborough Methodist Church. Their Opening Service in the refurbished building on Kingsway was held on Sunday July 28th.
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 met in Park Junior School until their Kingsway premises were 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).
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.
1st July 2020 To: The Nene Valley Circuit
I attach this week's Circuit Worship which I have put together and for which JonathanThompson has offered a reflection.
May God's blessing be with you all as you continue into the new week (and a new month!)
Rev'd Lesley Dinham Superintendent Minister Nene Valley Circuit
Tel: 01933 312778 and 07916 751278
The suggested worship for Sunday July 5th is found in Worship Services For home use
We do have another form of Worship that takes place in the Circuit each week, and is continuing to do so through zoom. I set out below in explanation, a message from Claire Jennings.
Contact was formed over 15 years ago with a passion from a group of people who wanted to explore a different style of worship. We call it all age but, this title has different connotations these days, and I favour all styles. All worship should be accessible for all ages.
Worship is for 45 mins at 09:30 on Sunday and usually takes the form of singing at the beginning, sharing of Joys & Concerns and an introduction to the theme of the day. We do this as a quiz, craft activity, team activity etc. The bible reading is shared and then a small talk/presentation is given followed by a response. This also takes different forms and then we close with a song and a blessing.
This description of Contact is the briefest that I can give, but lets you know what is offered. When we’re at the church building we have an age range from babies to 75+ but, online, if you’ve got zoom – you’re in!
If you would like to join 'Contact' for their weekly time of Worship please contact Claire. Her email address is: email@example.com
26th June 2020 Faith-based aid agencies condemn DFID abolition See Action on Public Issues UK Political
02 June 2020
A personal message from the President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Dr Barbara Glasson
It is with outrage and deep sorrow that we have witnessed the recent brutal killing of George Floyd in the United States.
But outrage and sorrow are not a sufficient response to racism and inequality in society. How to begin a process of change? It starts with self-examination and listening to the people whose lives are affected by discrimination and hate.
This week I received these words from a Methodist living in south London:
“The young people whom I have worked with for over the last 15 years have felt the impact of racism in every institution they have been part of from schools, to university, to various work places, and other than local support and informal church networks, they have not found the Methodist Church as a place that speaks up for them.”
As your President, I start by saying I am sorry. Sorry for being silent when we should have spoken out against the everyday injustices that affect BAME communities. I am sorry that, despite our efforts, we have not done enough for those who feel excluded and we need to do better. We know this includes people of all ages from the Windrush generation to the very young. I am sorry when we have not listened carefully enough and not challenged the assumptions of white privilege and bias.
Repentance can lead us to change, to embody a gracious, loving spirit of inclusion and understanding. There is no excuse for racism. All people are made in God’s image. We are one body in Christ Jesus.
I hope we can listen more carefully to the voices of BAME members, especially younger people, who face racism, discrimination and violence on a daily basis. Then our Church must be brave, speak out, speak up and challenge racism wherever we find it, especially when we find it in ourselves.
I have been in contact with the Vice-President who joins me in supporting this statement.
The Revd Dr Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference
Notes The Methodist Church ‘believes that racism is a denial of the Gospel’ - standing orders, SO 013B.
3rd May 2020 A FREE phone service to hear prayers and news from the Methodist Church has been launched.
Listen to a prayer: 0808 281 2514 Listen to news: 0808 281 2478 Content is updated weekly on Thursday evening.
24th March 2020 the Joint Public Issues Team gives useful advice on how churches can give active help in their communities in their March Newsletter.
23rd March 2020 From Connexion See www.methodist.org.uk for full update
Closure of church buildings
The Methodist Church is announcing a closure of all its church buildings for the foreseeable future. The Methodist Church suspended worship services last week with some churches remaining open for quiet prayer and reflection. This must now also be suspended. The only exception is for churches that are offering essential social outreach such as foodbanks, soup kitchens and night shelters, but these must be carried out within government guidelines.
If you are running a night shelter, there is advice available here and here. If you are running a foodbank or soup kitchen we would urge you to seek advice on how to operate as safely as possible from central bodies such as the Trussell Trust or IFAN.
May our Gracious God continue to encircle you with love under the shadow of His wings. Rev’d Lesley 01933 312778 firstname.lastname@example.org
20th March 2020 TMCP has prepared some answers about Covid-19 and outside groups who have lease agreements with churches.
See the TMCP website and look for Covid-19 FAQs
16th March 2020 Article from JPIT about helping foodbanks through the extra pressure caused by COVID-19 See Public Issues Helping foodbanks
12th March 2020 A comprehensive statement about CORONAVIRUS has been sent out by the District Chair. See Important Circuit Policies Coronavirus Statement
An important diary note - the Circuit Day has now been fixed for Saturday March 27th 2021 and will be held at Orlingbury Village Hall, Rectory Lane, NN14 1JH
February 6th 2020 The latest 3Generate Manifesto is now published (See in Children and Young People)
11th November 2019 Real Living Wage Rate increased to MINIMUM of £9.30 per hour. See Impt Circuit Policies
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)
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.
Web Administrator John Hoyle email@example.com 01933 626270