WHO ARE WE?
Rossendale Methodist Circuit includes 7 churches across the Rossendale Valley, each unique in its own way but united as a caring and welcoming circuit community.
Here you can find all the information you might need on the various churches, the many groups each one offers and our upcoming events. However you choose to visit us we look forward to meeting you, please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any more questions!
Newchurch Toddler group
Our mission is to share the word and love of God in Jesus Christ, encourage others to study and grow in their personal faith, help those in need and be a welcoming, accepting and supportive community.
A toddler group with activities, toys and games and an opportunity to meet other parents and guardians in your area.
Can't make this one? There are toddler groups at most of our churches, have a look and see if you can make another one!
Roles Within the circuit
There are many different types of roles in the Methodist church and not every circuit will have the same roles filled. This is a brief guide to the roles that you're most likely to come across in our circuit, so if someone tells you they're a 'local preacher' you'll have an idea of what on earth they mean!
Circuit stewards play a vital role in the teams which lead local churches within Methodist Circuits. They work in partnership with ministers, congregations, church workers and other circuit stewards to enable individuals and communities to find fulfilment and belonging within the Church. In our circuit they meet once a month with other church workers for a Circuit Leadership Meeting where important decisions, feedback, progress reports and various issues across the circuit are discussed and worked on.
As the role is voluntary circuit stewards often carry out their responsibilities alongside full-time jobs, family commitments and other responsibilities
In our circuit, we have one minister, David Burrow, who looks after all the 7 churches and preaches alongside the Local Preachers. This is quite different to a church where you have one single minister and they do almost every service at a single church.
What it does mean is that you hear many different styles of preaching and different perspectives.
Local Preachers are often people who were congregation members who have studied for a local preachers qualification, almost like doing a degree. Local preachers do sermons around the circuit and so you'll likely see lots of different people.
If you need guidance on something, don't think you always have to go to the minister, a local preacher just might be the listening ear you need!
Church Stewards are people who often work with preachers to arrange what's needed for their services and help them on the day, they also do a variety of other voluntary work to help the life of the church. They can be great people to speak to to get to know more about a church and what goes on.
As the role is voluntary stewards often carry out their responsibilities alongside full-time jobs, family commitments and other responsibilities
Lay Workers are people who work for the circuit but usually aren't members of the formal clergy. Their roles can be different but they all work to help with the running of the church from planning events, working with the community, helping to support people in the congregations etc. You can find the specific people who work for the circuit on our 'Who's Who' Page.
How does OUr circuit work?
If you're not familiar with the Methodist Church, you might wonder what a circuit actually is and what it means?
A Circuit is simply a group of churches in the same area that work together as a circuit rather than being independent churches with one minister. Each circuit is then part of a district, which is a group of circuits across a wider area.
The Rossendale Methodist Circuit is a part of the Bolton and Rochdale District.
Being in a circuit means that we can be a part of a larger community that can support and help each other. There are also lots of people who do certain roles within the church, whether as volunteers, preachers or Lay workers and they work across the circuit, rather than just for one church. Read on to the next section to learn more about what these roles mean.
Young at Heart
Young at Heart is a social group for over 55's or as one of the members Jackie says, 'Anyone who's alive!' It's a place to have a chat with a hot drink and good company, they often have speakers, activities and even trips out! All for just £3 a time.
Debbie's Study group
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Debbie is one of the circuits Local Preachers, she leads this study group where they're currently exploring the 'Women of the Bible' but don't think you have to be a woman to join! The group discuss faith and the Bible but also their own lives and experiences, even if you don't know much about the Bible, don't be afraid to come along!
Newville Chorus Singing Group
Open from 1:00 pm for 1:30 pm start
Fun choir singing pop, rock gospel and show tunes, no audition or experience needed, all welcome!
£4 including a brew.
For more info head to our contact page or just turn up!