Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have made the following statement in response to the announcement of the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

"It was with profound sadness that we learned of the death of Her Majesty the Queen today. We join the nation in grief and thank God for her long and distinguished reign. The loyalty to, and love expressed, for Queen Elizabeth across the world is a testament to the life that she led, one marked by dedicated service to others. She provided encouragement and reassurance to a world living through uncertain times.

"For people of all ages the Queen has provided constancy, a calm and wise influence at all levels of society. Our nation, the Commonwealth and the world have been greatly blessed by her life and work.

"We give thanks to God that her duty as monarch was grounded in a deep faith in Jesus Christ, which has been an inspiration to countless people throughout her reign. Her dedication, commitment and service to her people will never be forgotten and will sustain all those who mourn in the coming weeks. Our prayers are for her family who have lost a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt and we pray that all may be inspired by her service and guided by her example.

"The prayers of the Methodist people are also offered for His Majesty the King in his new role."

The Revd Graham Thompson and Anthony Boateng, President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference.

The Dorset South and West Methodist Circuit covers a wide geographical area, from the historical village of Tolpuddle up in the north of the Circuit, down to the jurassic coastline of Portland and to the western edge of our District over in the Market town of Bridport. We are a circuit of 12 churches, with a mixture of Methodist Churches and Local Ecumenical Partnerships. Some of our communities are embedded in vibrant Market and Coastal Towns, others are rural Churches in very rural communities. We have a strong emphasis in the circuit of a 'Mixed Economy of ministry', where we use people (both Lay and Ordained) to share in encouraging, enabling and pastorally supporting our congregations.

Seeking growth & enabling mission

Over the next 5 years we are developing and working on our Circuit strategy that intentionally seeks growth, through enabling mission and evangelism in the local churches & communities, across the circuit. The Circuit Meeting has recently voted to set aside a significant Circuit Fund for Mission and Evangelism, including the creation and growth of the Westham Hub (a Circuit centre for mission). The Circuit seeks to make Mission accessible and feasible in every Church across the circuit. We begin that process by focusing the Monetary and Personnel resources of the Circuit (both Lay and Ordained) on those churches where there is a desire to think and act missionally, and where churches wish to grow existing projects and programmes for mission, as we seek to grow the kingdom in our Circuit.

An emerging understanding of what mission is in our circuit:

The Circuit meeting recently adopted the following emerging understanding of what Mission is and looks like in our Circuit. Some of this is deeply embedded in practice across the circuit and some aspects are being developed in the coming years:
God is at the centre of all mission activities, and we seek to be guided and shaped by God's presence and Christ's example.

  • We wish to encourage our congregations and communities to see a world where God is active, by sharing our human story and connecting that to God's story of Love.
  • We seek to build relationships with the communities we serve.
  • We will find ways to be intentionally inclusive and open for all people.
  • We want to reach out to our communities with acts of service that meet people at the point of their need
  • Our buildings need to be resilient, warm and welcoming, so that they can be places of community, mission and outreach.
  • We intend to explore what the "shape of church" looks like, and seek to offer a "mixed economy" of both lay and ordained ministry, worship, discipleship and outreach.
  • We hope to build mission teams who share a common interest / passion, and shape mission from there.

    Both the Circuit Leadership team and I, hope and pray we will continue to be attentive to God's voice, calling us to seek and reach out, using our buildings and resources as bases for Mission and Evangelism, as we seek to grow the Kingdom of God in this place, as a people called Methodists.

    Every Blessing
    Revd John Yarrien
    Circuit Superintendent Minister



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