The Lancashire Methodist District of the Methodist Church shares in the calling of the Methodist Church to respond to the gospel of God’s love in Jesus Christ and to live out our discipleship in worship and mission.
Evangelism and Growth
The Methodist Church is committed to being a growing, evangelistic, inclusive, justice-seeking Church – so that new people become disciples of Jesus Christ, faith deepens for everyone, and diverse communities and churches experience transformation. “Evangelism” comes from a biblical Greek word that literally means “good news”. All Christians – not just some – are called to listen for, speak of, and live out the good news. We all have good news to share! Watch this video to hear how different people are sharing good news from their own experience of God.
Meditation may deepen one's experience of the presence of God, enhance self-awareness, and reduce stress and anxiety, valuable during this time of isolation.
Join a half-hour Zoom ‘guided meditation’ session, led by Peter Lumsden (local preacher in the Clitheroe circuit), every Monday evening at 7 p.m.
The sessions follow a pattern of 15 mins of spiritual reflection, combined with a focus on breathing, leading into a period of about 15 mins of silence.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government last night provided us with further clarification on the Government announcement this week of changes to permitted social interaction which come into place on Monday 14 September in England. We understand that the full regulations will be published later this week and we will update our guidance accordingly.
Places of Worship can remain open for services and prayer. As before, the limit on the number of people is determined by the risk assessment with attendees divided into multiple groups of no more than 6 people.
Weddings and funerals are still allowed and maximum numbers remain at 30 with people divided into multiple groups of no more than 6.
Community Hallsremain open and activities are allowed as before but within each activity, participants can be in groups that consist of no more than 6 people.
District Sunday services August 2020, 7.00 pm
UPDATE: REGULAR ATTENDERS ONLY NEED TO REQUEST TO ATTEND AS WE HAVE ALL YOUR DETAILS.
Deadline for requests to attend is 1.00pm on Friday
The weekly Sunday Evening Services via Zoom will continue to take place at 7.00pm on the Sundays throughout September (20th, 27th).
When booking you only need to state your circuit and church if it is your first time of attending, otherwise, please just send an email requesting the codes.
Please note the deadline for applying to join the weekly service is 1.00pm on Fridays. This will greatly assist the Preston Ribble Circuitwith administration. Click Herefor instructions on how to use Zoom
Worship Sheets (Sunday 20th September 2020)
These short acts of worship have been produced for you if you are unable to attend church. If you are well enough why not spend a few moments with God, knowing that other people are sharing this act of worship with you?
Click Here for Word copy worship sheets for 20th September
Click Herefor pdf copy of worship sheet for 20th September
Click Herefor Large Print pdf worship sheet for 20th September
Prayers for a New Future
by Paul Davis September 2020
The following were prayers written for the closing of the Lancashire Methodist District Synod in September 2020. The theme of the Synod was a new future and gave the idea of setting sail into a new era and the green shoots of new life.
Gracious God as we leave the past help us remember how things were, We thought we knew how things worked, You showed us how small is our understanding. We thought we knew how to make strategy, You showed us how limited is our grasp of your plans for us. We thought we were well organised, You showed us that there is more than ideas and meetings...... Continue
Prayer 21 - Praying for Lancashire
From John Morton, 29th July 2020
Taking up the challenge of providing a prayer for possible future use within the District – I offer the one below. It is made up of books of the bible beginning with each letter of the word 'CHALLENGE', and then based on chapter 2, verse 1 (keeping the 2100 theme alive) of that particular book to form a prayer.
On that basis I have used chapter 2, verse 1 of the following books of the bible. Click Here to read more
From Rev'd Paul Davis, 10th June 2020
It has been some weeks since I wrote Praying 21 which has been used across the District.I don’t think I am alone in finding this is probably the time to try something different. Here is a new offering to help you pray at nine pm. Keeppraying 21 but if you want a new format here it is.
I have a great fondness for acrostic prayers, where each line builds into something. In the prayer handbook I chose Respond here I have chosen Lancashire.
Transforming means to be changed from one thing to another. A policy document is not meant to be set in stone and fixed. This is especially true if the title is “Transforming Lives and Communities.” The purpose of this revision is to equip the Lancashire Methodist District to prepare for the 2020’s, building on the past yet seeking to be changed as we approach the next decade.
We would like to remind you that we have a page dedicated to events taking place in the District.
If you would like to learn more click Here to visit our Events Page
Coronavirus Guidance for Property
UPDATE ISSUED ON 7TH MAY 2020
The Government is due to give an update on its lockdown guidance on Sunday May 10. We will consider any changes carefully and update our own guidance as necessary. The Secretary to the Conference will meet Ecumenical colleagues later this week and District Chairs and the Warden of the Diaconal Order on Monday May 11 and will discuss any possible changes with them. As usual, any updates will be shared on the Methodist Church website and on our social media channels.