Stokesley Methodist Circuit Website
Report to Spring Synod 2018
We provide regular and varied Christian worship, open to all, in various different venues including Sunday Breakfast and Café Church. We have regular circuit services. At the time synod takes place, our most recent circuit service will have been the Easter Offering service. We look forward to the performance of Saints Alive on Wednesday 16 May 7pm at Stokesley Methodist Church.
Learning and Caring
In the circuit, we are focussing on work with older and younger people. There have been some changes to youth work in the circuit. In autumn 2016, we welcomed Doreen to the team to work with families and children. Then in June 2017, we said goodbye to youth worker, Becci. Since then we have been working with the Christian youth work charity Blaze to continue to build on existing youth events in the circuit. There have been good links made into schools and as a result an after school club has started in Stokesley Primary School. We are also looking to develop work with older people. Since the beginning of 2017, there has been a monthly 'Forget-me-not' café for people with dementia and their carers. Following the showing of "It's a Wonderful Life" in December, there have been further "Silver Screen" showings of classic films on occasional Tuesday afternoons, which is open to anyone who wants to come along.
We support the work of charities through fundraising events and coffee mornings. In particular, Stokesley, Great Ayton and Hutton Rudby churches have Traidcraft stalls and there are regular collections for the local food bank. In Advent there was a special collection for the foodbank during Stokesley's Sunday service. The trolley decorated in tinsel travelled around the church collecting donations food and other items. On one Sunday, so many items were donated that there wasn't enough room in the trolley!
In March, we welcomed a team from Texas who came to help facilitate mission in the circuit. This has been a regular, encouraging event in the life of the circuit. From the sale of three chapels, we have set money aside for mission in the circuit. Each church in the circuit have developed projects linked to mission. Many projects involve enhancing the facilities of the building in order to enable outreach and mission. One of the projects includes the creation of an internet-based radio at The Hub, Hutton Rudby.