Barnard Castle and Teesdale Methodist Circuit Website
Report to Spring Synod 2018
A variety of worship styles are offered. This includes discussion-type services on some Sundays and more formal worship on others. Advent Sunday's Circuit worship took the form of a Come-and-Sing of Roger Jones's While Shepherds Watched. Monthly Dementia-Friendly services are held at Barnard Castle.
Learning and Caring
There are a number of Bible Study and house groups across the circuit, with people from different churches and none attending. Clearer signage has been put up as part of Barnard Castle seeking to be more dementia Friendly.
Each week prayer cards are put through the doors of a given street and prayer concerns offered up the following Sunday. We regularly send food to the local food bank. At Christmas a free Christmas Lunch was provided at Middleton for people who would otherwise have spent Christmas alone. Church halls are used by a variety of community groups as well as for in-house activities such as Twinkly Tots, and Chat and Play. Staindrop hope to employ a Community Missioner to make connections with the many village organisations.
Churches are regularly used for Baptisms and Funeral services and we try to make people feel welcome and comfortable. Four local schools are benefiting from assemblies using Open the Book. We held a Pumpkin Party for children in place of a Hallowe'en party. On Good Friday we take part in Walks of Witness and hand out Hot Cross Buns.