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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    Joel 2:18-29 You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame. You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I, the Lord, am your God and there is no other.And my people shall never again be put to shame. (vs 26-27)

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