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Report to Spring Synod 2019
We are preparing for the launch of Holy Habits in June 2019. The prayer group have been meeting since April 2018 and planning is well underway. The first habit we will be exploring is 'Eating Together'. This was overwhelmingly the most popular habit when we learnt about the programme at the circuit meeting. We will take two months exploring each habit through Bible studies and various events. Overall, it will take us two years to run through all the habits. We should have really got into the habits by that time and have a lot to report to the next Spring Synod!
As well as the regular visit from the Texas team, Lisa led a team of twelve people, including young people aged 15-17, on a mission week to Texas in February. The online community radio at Hutton Rudby has recruited a facilitator to develop links with the community, organise volunteers and prepare for the 'go-live' stage. As a circuit, we are considering our online communication with the help of our ONE Opportunity participant.
From the funds from chapel sales, we have made improvements and much needed repairs to the church buildings. This has allowed us to continue services that we run but also start new projects. Carlton have started serving regular community lunches from their newly refurbishment kitchen and facilities. These have proved popular and have helped to strengthen community and ecumenical links.
Learning and Caring
We have started the Advance Safeguarding training. We hosted the course in the circuit on 10 January 2019 at Stokesley Methodist Church. Several members of the circuit also went to the course in the Middlesbrough and Eston Circuit.
We are developing a ministry to older people in the circuit, with support from neighbouring circuits and the Learning Network. This ministry includes a monthly Memory Café and work by the ONE Programme Intergenerational Worker.
We hosted the autumn 2018 synod at Stokesley Methodist Church. The event was well supported by people from across the circuit. We are developing a quarterly circuit service. Our circuit service on 5 August was our farewell service to Rev Ruth Gee. Our autumn circuit service on 25 November was a chance for us to welcome Rev Richard Andrew. Richard will be back to lead our circuit service in June, when we will be launching Holy Habits. Our winter circuit service, held at Great Ayton on 30 December, was an opportunity to reflect on the year as we look forward to an exciting year to come!