Welcome to the Launceston Area Methodist Circuit
A message from Reverend Malcolm Jones
Circuit Superintendant Minister
Please look around the web pages, of course, but I hope you will also get the chance to meet some of our 480 plus members and worship with us in one of our 14 Churches and Chapels too.
You can find us between the Devon Border and the edge of Bodmin Moor, so farming affects most of our livelihoods. You will see that some of our rural congregations number less than a dozen, while Central in Launceston has over 220 members and a healthy number of children too. I feel that this kind of variety is healthy and it allows our various strengths to be used well in the Lord's name.
We value the faith and commitment of previous generations, on whose work we seek to build and we hope and pray that our own vision for the mission of Jesus will break new bounds in it's turn.
When John Wesley used to visit the cottage at Trewint, now known as Wesley Cottage, he was being bold for Jesus Christ and we want to follow his lead in our own time and place.
Contact Revd Malcolm Jones, Tel: 01566 776603
What is distinctive about Methodism?
The Methodist Church is a mainstream Christian Church. It works in partnership with other denominations whenever possible, but there are certain emphases in the Methodist culture which make it distinctive...
Methodists Against Racism
The Methodist Conference of 2016 has unanimously passed a resolution calling for respect and tolerance in our national life in the wake of the divisive EU Referendum Campaign.
The Methodist Conference believes that the British Isles are enriched by diversity and celebrates the contribution made by those who have come from other parts of the world. The Christian tradition calls for respect, tolerance, love of neighbour and hospitality to the stranger. All bear the responsibility of speaking and acting for healing, reconciliation, and mutual respect.
The Methodist Conference abhors and deeply regrets those actions and words which incite hatred and lead to the victimisation of groups within society and notes with concern that such actions and words have been normalised in recent public discourse. Believing that racism is a denial of the gospel and that to stay silent when others are abused is to collude with those who seek to promote hatred and division, the Methodist Conference calls:
- on the Methodist people to challenge racism and discrimination.
- for a political debate which neither demonises any nor leaves the vulnerable (the foreigner, the immigrant and refugee) in danger of victimisation.
- on political leaders to work together for the good of the whole community putting the needs of the nation before party politics.
- on all those in positions of power and authority to hear the voices of those who have been marginalised and alienated and to respond to them in ways which offer real hope for the future.
The statement is also shared on the website www.methodist.org.uk/nationallife where it can be turned into an email which will be automatically sent to your local Member of Parliament. The Conference also encourages the Methodist people to send this letter to their MP.
The Conference also encouraged the Methodist people to join the campaign to wear an empty safety pin as a badge symbolising solidarity against racism (please see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36661097 for details).
Forthcoming Events and Activities (listed in date order)
Holiday Club dates for your diary in August
Join us at Lifton Methodist Church for the Treasure Seekers Holiday Club 2016
1st-5th August 10 am till 12 pm
Fun, games & craft for 5-11 year olds. Includes a provided snack
Entry: £10 for the week
'Guardians of Ancora' is Scripture Union's exciting new holiday club for 2016.
It is based around the popular free 'Guardians of Ancora' mobile game which is available for android and apple tablets and phones. The week is suitable for 5 to 11 year old children with little or no experience of church, as well as those who are already part of a church community.
The Holiday Club will run at Central from 15th - 19th August, with a family celebration service on the following Sunday 21st August.
Each day the children will enjoy fun, games, puzzles, activities and craft. The daily activities will also include the brilliantly fun aerobic warm-up time with songs. There will also be a drama and plenty of high activity games along with a daily video and stories which bring the light back to the city! - This is where the Guardians recover a lost story-treasure, representing a Bible story. During the week the children can also use the faith-based Guardians of Ancora app available for android and apple tablets and phones. The cost each day is £2 per child and £1.50 for any other family children.
TELL.SHOW.BE. - can you meet the challenge?
TELL.SHOW.BE. is an invitation by the Methodist Church to rethink evangelism, to dispel the myths that hinder many and to challenge our understanding of what it means to pass on the good news. It’s designed to be accessible, multilingual and free, inspiring us to 'tell somebody, show somebody and be somebody'.
Can you meet the challenge - here, now? ... Tell - Show - Be
Action for Children & the Methodist Church
Action for Children has been working in partnership with the Methodist Church for over 140 years to give society's most vulnerable and neglected children and young people the support they need. You can access further information on the partnership, its history and its future together with fundraising ideas for your Church together with resources for study and prayer during the Advent Christmas and Easter seasons by clicking here.
Kernow Credit Union at Central
A Kernow Credit Union Service Point is available during the Tuesday coffee morning in the church hall every week from 10.00 am to 11.30 am. where a friendly team is available to help you with any advice.
If you want to know more about Kernow Credit Union, see the full information and contacts which are available here:
You've Got the Time - Fit the Bible into your busy lifestyle
Discover the Bible in a new and exciting way through the Bible Society's new and free listening programme You’ve Got the Time. You will be enriched and inspired as you listen to the whole of the New Testament for just 28 minutes a day over 40 days.
Whether you’re on a lunch break, at the gym, walking the dog or doing the shopping – with You’ve Got the Time, the Bible can fit into your busy day.
The full information and audio files are available here:
'The goal of Launceston Methodist Circuit of Churches is to respond to the gospel of God’s love in Christ through worship, discipleship, evangelism and mission.'
Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can. John Wesley