On Saturday morning I joined David and District Chair Revd David Coote for a circuit event at
After the morning event we shared lunch with members of the Circuit leadership team. It was a good opportunity to learn about new developments in the circuit, including at
After the sunrise service on Easter Sunday morning at Sorel Point I shared in worship at St Ouen Methodist Church. Worship leader Joy Owen led the service which also involved many other members of the congregation. St Ouen’s is the oldest
The spiral of decline continued until they had around 6 members attending worship. Closure looked likely. Instead they committed themselves to prayer and opened themselves to change. New people started to come to a welcoming church that felt different from how things used to be. Today membership has more than quadrupled, worship is vibrant and people are taking their spirituality and witness far more seriously. Now they are planning to refurbish part of the building in preparation to employ a lay worker to help further develop their mission.
On Sunday evening a circuit service was held back at
In August I visited the
However Samares is more than just it’s location. It is a growing church in one of the more deprived parts of
Steadily numbers attending have grown, aided as well by new initiatives held during the week. “Coffee Buzz” is held every Friday morning, providing an informal opportunity to come and share fellowship over coffee and cake, and “Baby Buzz” provides a similar opportunity on Mondays for parents and toddlers. A telephone Prayerline has been established, a dedicated phone number which the local community is encouraged to use, and fellowship groups now also meet regularly.
I then went to