Category Archives: Service

Circuit Steward Report June 2020 by Marion Watts

Four months ago the word zoom, to me, meant a camera lens or to rush around. Now Zoom is an accepted way of holding meetings, Bible Studies, coffee mornings, pastoral support and keeping in touch with family and friends. I thought conference calls were just for highflying executives, but Methodism has embraced this as a way of conducting essential business. The Methodist Conference will be held ‘virtually’ at the end of the month.

Likewise, how many of us thought that we would be willing to be videoed while singing, reading The Bible or praying, in preparation for Circuit and District services, possibly being seen by hundreds on Facebook or You Tube. How quickly we adapt! This has been just one aspect of the Corona Virus pandemic and I hope that you don’t think that I am trivialising the effects of the last few months.

People have been challenged, traumatised, bereaved, isolated, exhausted and scared. People are needing foodbanks more than ever, worrying about their jobs, schooling, exams, and their very futures. At the very time we have needed each other most we have had to keep physically apart. But in the midst of this suffering what an amazing response there has been across the age range, from virtual choirs, sponsored walks, volunteer shoppers, prayer chains, and so much more. We recognise that not everyone is able or willing to engage with technology and their needs must be met, across Sutton Park Circuit individual churches have found ways to maintain contact with their own congregations, especially those without email. As a CLT we have explored ways of reaching out to everyone and I thank all the Ministers for their endeavours. I also wish to thank John and Naomi for their continuing support, dealing with Treasury matters is even more testing in the current situation for John.

How will life look in another 6 months? How will Church look in another 6 months? We just don’t know other than it will be different because we are all different, affected by our individual experiences. One thing that won’t be different is our unchanging God – always with us, always loving us. So we look and plan ahead in faith and holding all things in prayer.

Marion Watts, Senior Circuit Steward

Using down time to get GDPR up to date :-)

Local Churches in the Circuit now have many folk confined to working at home. A good use of the time now would be to make progress with the GDPR Data Audit, which is due in from all churches at the September Circuit Meeting.

What Needs to Be Done

Go to the TMCP website https://www.tmcp.org.uk/about/data-protection

Scroll down to this section:

Template Notices, Registers and Forms

Read the first and the third, and fill in the first two. What could be more fun?

Questions, as ever, to me. Stephen.Froggatt@methodist.org.uk

Boldmere – Building A New Welcome – Sat 31st Aug, 6pm

You are invited to come and help us celebrate “Building a New Welcome” in Boldmere. 

See our light, accessible and welcoming entrances and join us in an act of worship as we walk around our building and ask Gods blessing on every part and all who pass through our doors (including you!)  Stay on for sandwiches, cakes and conversation.

Service at 6pm on Saturday 31st August.

With love,
Stephen and Chris and the team at Boldmere