Wrexham Methodist Circuit
Wrexham Methodist Circuit acts as the umbrella body and a resource provider for all of the nine English-speaking Churches in the Wrexham Circuit. At the turn of the new millennium, the Methodist Church in Britain agreed that:
'Our Calling' is to respond to the gospel of God's love in Christ and to live out its discipleship in worship and mission.
The Methodist Church exists to:
increase awareness of God's presence and to celebrate God's love (Worship);
help people to grow and learn as Christians, through mutual support and care (Learning and Caring);
be a good neighbour to people in need and to challenge injustice (Service);
make more followers of Jesus Christ (Evangelism).
In 2004 the British Methodist Church agreed a set of Priorities.
There is one over-riding priority...
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.
and five subsiduary ones:
1. Underpinning everything we do with God-centred worship and prayer;
2. Supporting community development and action for justice, especially among the most deprived and poor – in Britain and worldwide;
3. Developing confidence in evangelism and in the capacity to speak of God and faith in ways that make sense to all involved;
4. Encouraging fresh ways of being Church;
5. Nurturing a culture in the Church which is people-centred and flexible.
Finally, Methodist Conference 2014 exhorted the Church to reclaim evangelism as 'the main thing'. In light of all the above, Wrexham Methodist Circuit reviewed and in July 2015 approved its priorities as follows:
1. Prayer: Encourage each Church to find one new way of praying locally, and provide four different expressions of prayer across the Circuit each month (likely to be one sort of prayer at Church A in the first week, another at Church B in the second week and so on).
2. Youth, Children and Families: Develop paths for children, young people and families to move-on in their faith and belonging, and put in place funding for a further two years of a Circuit Youth and Children's Worker beyond August 2018.
3. Variety in Worship: On Sundays and at other suitable times, a variety of worship will be offered which inspires, connects and challenges. In particular, we will seek to form a young people's mission band.
4. Outreach and Evangelism: We will support one another in outreach to our communities through leafleting, surveying, visiting and events with the help of a Circuit Mission Team, and be intentional in providing opportunities for people to hear the gospel and grow in faith.
5. Talking about God: We will enable members in every church to grow in confidence in talking about our faith and becoming more invitational.
These priorites, once discussed/amended and approved, will be reviewed in time for the Summer Circuit Meeting 2019.