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 subsidiary 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.
Wrexham Methodist Circuit recognises and affirms all of the above as a statement of its broad mission objectives, held in common with the whole of the Methodist Church in Britain. In addition the circuit recognises a list of medium term (2-5 years) priorities relating to our particular circumstances:
Our Medium-Term Priorities:
1. Worship: In our circuit churches, on Sundays and at other suitable times, we will seek to offer a variety of well-prepared worship experiences which inspire, challenge and connect. We recognise the particular need to ensure our worship is relevant for young adults and also the need to develop a more bilingual approach.
2. Prayer: We will seek to encourage circuit-wide prayer and provide opportunities for churches to explore new ways of praying together.
3. Youth, Children and Families: We will seek to develop pathways and opportunities for children, young people and families to move on in their faith and to develop a deeper sense of belonging.
4. Learning and Caring: We will further develop our networks of small study and prayer groups in order to provide opportunities for our members and friends to grow in confidence in talking about their faith and to develop a stronger sense of belonging and mutual care. We will aim to maintain a properly functioning pastoral care network in each circuit church to care for our members and friends.
5. Outreach and Evangelism: We will seek to encourage growth in our churches by reaching out into our communities as servants and as Gospel messengers.
6. Chaplaincy: We will aim to build on our existing links to develop a variety of expressions of chaplaincy. These links are with Glyndwr University, the Maelor Hospital, Berwyn Prison, Just Across, the Red Cross, uniformed organisations (e.g. Boys Brigade and Girls Brigade), parent and toddler groups and town centres in Wrexham and Llangollen.
7. Finance and Property: We will aim to produce a balanced budget for the circuit and its individual churches within the next three years.
Furthermore, Wrexham Methodist Circuit agrees the following aims and objectives for the year to come:
Our Specific Aims and Objectives for the Coming Year (2021/22)
Worship and Prayer
- Re-open churches following lockdown and re-establish a regular weekly pattern of worship in all nine circuit chapels
- Provide training to LPs and worship leaders to encourage quality, experimentation and variety in worship. Particular areas of training need currently:
use of technology in worship (most of our churches now have multimedia set-ups).
leading all-age worship
- Obtain multimedia equipment for all our circuit churches as they re-open.
- Continue with weekly online service on Zoom (this is currently still the largest weekly gathering in the circuit).
- Continue to provide weekly worship sheets to those unable to attend church.
-Begin a Welsh Language Service for Learners (a potential 'new place for new people').
- Encourage use of bilingual elements in worship.
- Re-establish the weekly and monthly pattern of circuit prayers.
Learning and Caring
- Re-establish/re-launch house group networks, making the opportunity to join small prayer and study groups available to people in all of our circuit churches.
- Run a 'Holy Habits' course for the circuit - possibly online.
- Run Advent and Lent study courses both online and in at least two circuit churches.
- Connect with a network of users within and beyond the circuit with daily reflections on social media atkey seasons of the year.
- Carry out a review of pastoral care arrangements in each of the circuit churches.
- Run an event to encourage people to consider their calling to ministry (in the widest sense) for potential new church office-holders, worship leaders, preachers, youth workers, lay workers, pastoral visitors etc.
Youth, Children and Families
- Re-establish and expand our youth, children and families programme:
Open the Book, Agor y Llyfr - running in five places prior to lockdown, ecumenically in some places
Messy Church - running in three places prior to lockdown.
After School Drop-ins at Llangollen and Rhosnesni (Tin Can Youth Project).
Sunday Schools/Junior Church.
- Continue with online Messy Church
- Run Experience Christmas and Experience Easter in three local schools (currently in two).
- Run a Youth Alpha course for the circuit.
-Ensure our worship is engaging for children and young adults.
- Challenge church councils to include some young people in active and responsible roles within their churches.
-Put in place funding for a further three years of Circuit Youth and Children's Worker.
-Support a local charity as our circuit project for the year.
-University Chaplaincy - Release Richard Parkes to Glyndwr University Chaplaincy for a half day per week and offer sponsorship for at least one suitable University Chaplaincy event.
- Run a 'Volunteers Event' to encourage the sharing of experiences and wider participation in Wrexham Foodbank, hospital volunteering, voluntary driving, refugee support (Just Across, Red Cross) and other local voluntary organisations (AVOW).
- Challenge each circuit church to find one new way of serving their local community during the year.
Evangelism and Outreach
- With the Circuit Mission Team:
Start a bi-lingual morning Drop-in at Rhosddu Chapel (opposite Plas Coch Welsh Primary School).
Run nurture courses (Alpha/Emmaus/Start Course) in at least two local churches.
- Start a Welsh Learners Service online as a potential 'new place for new people'.
- Start Outdoor Worship as another potential 'new place for new people'.
- Use social media as a means of linking people into our live and online services.
We will review our priorities and aims for the coming year annually at a Summer circuit meeting . (Next review due - June 2022)