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Report to Spring Synod 2018
Windlestone chapel sadly closed in October but had a good celebration of its life at a circuit service held there. Messy Church, in various forms and locations, continues to thrive in a number of places in the circuit. We have given a note to preach to a new person and hope our On Trial preacher will complete their training this Summer.
A number of places have celebrated special anniversaries in the last year: 50 years since Sedgefield was opened and 150 since Crook church began.
Within many of our communities people still look to the Methodist Church for baptisms, weddings and funerals. We are privileged to touch a number of families through these significant worship opportunities. Services of Thanksgiving, Memorial and Remembrance offer an opportunity for continuing contact with some families within the context of worship.
Worship on Wednesdays (WOW) at Tudhoe continues to thrive. Connect at Spennymoor attracts a significant number of people in an informal worship style.
Learning & Caring
We held a Prayer Pilgrimage around the circuit in September and Advent & Lent groups alongside regular groups for Bible Study and fellowship within the Circuit. Some of this learning takes place ecumenically. Our continuing pastoral care for people within our communities in various need takes many forms including a very valid ministry of flower distribution on behalf of the Church. A Bible Study group for new explorers of the faith is proving popular at Willington.
Food Banks are proving worthwhile in Crook, Willington Spennymoor and Ferryhill. Working ecumenically we are reaching out to many within our communities who are in need. The churches of the circuit support this work enthusiastically
Advent Journey and Easter Journey prove to still be an effective introduction to the Christian story for many schools children. Our lay employee Phil Mason will be leaving his post this Summer. We give thanks for all he has achieved. Following conversations and a series of exploratory meeting about membership new members are due to be received at Willington, Ferryhill and Stanhope at Easter. For these encouraging signs of growth we offer thanks to God.