Welcome to the Wolds and Trent Methodist Circuit Website, which we hope you will find interesting and informative. Whether you are resident in the area or visiting, we invite you to find a Chapel, and share in our services and other activities. You will receive a warm welcome!
As Methodists, we are part of the World-wide Christian Church, committed to serving the communities where we are located. The Circuit is an umbrella that covers our 12 individual Churches within it, linking them together for mutual support and encouragement.
Our Methodist Circuit covers a mainly rural area which stretches from the Lincolnshire Wolds in the east, an area of outstanding natural beauty, with the market towns of Caistor and Market Rasen, to the Trent Valley in the west, with the historical town of Gainsborough and the villages on the Nottinghamshire border.
We hope that this site will be useful if you are looking for a Church in the area and helpful to all the Churches of the Circuit in creating a space for them on the Internet. We have found that all our Members within the Circuit have always been active within their communities, often with their Chapels offering a key role in village life.
That stated, we aim over the coming months to add here further valuable information about Ourselves, Methodism and Faith, and Worship Resources to encourage people on their own journey of faith.
Circuit Safeguarding Officer - Voluntary Position
The circuit leadership team is seeking to recruit a safeguarding officer. The role description is HERE and the successful applicant will be expected to work closely with the leadership team.
The role requires a valid DBS, and experience in the field. There is an expectation that the person will be familiar with basic computer skills and Microsoft word for communication with church safeguarding officers and the leadership team.
Any queries can be directed to the circuit superintendent Rev Louise Carr, senior steward, Jo Kershaw or the District Safeguarding Officer Howard Smedley.
Update - - Wednesday 8th July 09:00AM - -
A short update on where we find ourselves and looking towards the reopening of churches.
Caistor, Gainsborough and Market Rasen are on the way to completing risk assessment for the reopening of the buildings for worship. Once the risk assessment and risk management or risk action plan are prepared and resources purchased then the churches will begin to reopen. The capacity will be determined as the plans are written and legally the churches have to agree to these within the capacity and risk management plans.
We can now do funerals, weddings and baptism, we can even have Communion, (once the risk assessment etc is complete and agreed by church councils) but there are strict guidelines to follow and we will have to decide whether these are worth following with families and for specific situations.
There is new guidance due for “community Halls” which might open up letting possibilities but at the moment seems only to apply to some very specific groups. Financially that continues to mean we have churches who are struggling to meet assessment. At conference people were reminded we are connexional and those who have reserves or finance might assist others. The district used the words, “remember generosity and compassion”, none of us are clear where this situation will leave churches financially but we encourage you to find ways of continuing to give and support the church you belong to.
Update - - Tuesday 17th March 15:00PM - -
It is with sadness that we recommend that worship services in Methodist Churches are suspended for the time being in line with Government guidance. We would encourage people who lead services to think about how worship might be offered in different ways, including online and using Worship at Home Sheets. It may be useful to discover ways to connect and worship from the following resource.
During this incredibly difficult time when people might want to spend time in prayer in their Methodist Church. Local trustees should consider whether it is possible to open up their churches to enable people to come and pray or sit quietly, perhaps offering prayer stations as a point of reflection with precautions around physical distancing.
Suspending services means that we advise that baptisms will not take place in public worship and if you have a wedding planned in a Methodist Church you should speak to your minister. While funerals may still take place, we would advise that the number of people attending is limited as per the Government’s advice.
In terms of Church business, we recommend that all meetings including church councils and circuit meetings should be cancelled. Districts chairs will be in touch about Synods. The next meeting of the Methodist Council has been suspended and we will advise on how essential business will be carried out. We will be issuing further advice on this.