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Wrexham Methodist Circuit consists of churches in Caergwrle, Ruabon, Llangollen, Brymbo, Wrexham, Overton, Rhosddu, Rhosymedre and Gresford. We are part of the Wales Synod and the Methodist Church in Britain.
Our mission is to proclaim and affirm our conviction of God's love in Christ, for us and for all the world; and renew confidence in God's presence and action in the world and in the Church.
Many of our activities are currently being held on line. If you would like any help or advice on how to use Zoom please message us here
Circuit Prayer Meetings
Our Circuit Prayer meetings are currently held on Zoom. Please contact our Deacon Lisa Rathbone for the dates and codes. Also see www.methodist.org.uk to join in with Methodists all over the UK for a weekly prayer meeting every Tuesday at 12.45pm. Or try the daily prayers on : https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/prayer/prayer-of-the-day . Or why not join thousands of Christians every day at noon who say The Lords Prayer.
Services at our churches in Wrexham, Gresford, Llangollen, Ruabon, Caergwrle and Overton have resumed. Please contact the individual churches for times and schedule as some are not open every week. Each church has carried out a risk assessment and are following measures to keep us all safe when coming to worship. We are also still running a weekly service on Zoom at 10.30am. Message us if you would like details. Check out https://www.methodist.org.uk
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Please click here for more information on how we are responding to Covid - 19
Book of the Month - a book group reading the Bible
We have come to an end of our journey through the books of the bible . If you would like to continue your studies why not try "A History of the Bible" by John Barton, published by Penguin.
Our Minister, Rev Richard Sharples will be on sabbatical from the beginning of June to end of August. Please do not contact him during this time. Our Superintendent Rev Phil Poole who will be available during this time. However, he may be away for a few days annual leave during this time and on these occasions our Circuit Lay Worker Meryl Thomas will be happy to answer your questions.
A message from Rev Richard Parkes from our Circuit Newsletter 20 May 2021
Watching the destruction in Jerusalem and, especially, the Gaza Strip is shocking. Our natural desire to label people as ‘goodies’ or ‘baddies’ is unhelpful and simplistic. It is understandable that, after centuries of persecution, the Jewish people would want a safe place, their own homeland. It is also understandable that the Palestinian people also want to feel safe and at home in what has, for centuries, been their homeland as well. Jerusalem is the focus of much of the tension – it being the Holy City for Judaism, and the third most Holy site for Islam as well as a Holy City for Christians as well.
Where is the justice? That is the sort of question the Prophets would have us ask. Those Hebrew prophets were constantly challenging the wealthy people of their time to worship God in their actions – to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God. At the moment, neither government is particularly stable. But Israel is a powerful, nuclear nation whereas Palestine has far fewer resources. Israel should be using its power for peace. And you can never have peace without justice. There is a hymn about how we use power:
And art thou come with us to dwell,
our prince, our guide, our love, our Lord?
And is thy name Immanuel,
God present with his world restored?
Thou bringest all again; with thee
is light, is space, is breadth, and room
for each thing fair, beloved and free,
to have its hour of life and bloom.
Each heart's deep instinct, unconfessed;
each lowly wish, each daring claim;
all, all that life hath long repressed,
unfolds, undreading blight or blame.
Thy reign eternal will not cease;
thy years are sure and glad, and slow,
within thy mighty world of peace
the humblest flower hath leave to blow.
The world is glad for thee; the heart
is glad for thee, and all is well
and fixed, and sure, because thou art,
whose name is called Immanuel. Amen.
Dorothy Greenwell (1821-1882)
Without justice, there is no peace. Without a desire for peace, there is no peace. Without respect for those you think of as enemies, there is no peace. Without truth, there is no peace. And in the meantime, the Palestinians are bombed, and Israelis are bombed in retaliation. What a mess.
Spirit of the living God, come afresh on your holy land. Help your people to restore broken relationships. Give them patience to break down barriers of suspicion and mistrust; ability to discern personal prejudices and the courage to overcome fear. Teach them to respect each other’s integrity and rights so that your kingdom may be established on earth.
For Jesus’ sake. Amen. (Rt Rev Riah Abu El-Assal, from In God’s Hands, WCC).
Peace to you all, Richard
An Open Discussion of The Methodist Church's Report on Marriage and Relationships
This discussion has now been postponed to 2021.