"The Circuit's Mission is to live and share the Good News of God's Love in Christ"
The Circuit covers some five hundred square miles of rural mid Suffolk, stretching from Needham Market in the east, taking in Stowmarket as you travel west, across to the Cathedral town of Bury St Edmunds and then down to Sudbury. Delightful, picturesque villages can be found on the minor roads throughout the area which makes travelling through the countryside a pleasure. Ten churches make up the Circuit, one of which, Christchurch in Needham Market, is a united URC/ Methodist congregation. From large town centre churches to smaller village chapels the Circuit seeks to give expression to our calling as worshipping, serving, outward looking, and caring communities.
The Superintendent Minister of the Circuit is Revd Deborah Borda.
The Circuit has its own website– http://www.burystedmundsmethodistcircuit.org.uk
The Circuit Administrator is Adrian Romano:
The Circuit Office, Trinity Methodist Church, Brentgovel Street, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1EB
Telephone: 01284 731082
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 10:00am - 1:00pm, 2:00pm - 4:00pm.
The churches in the Circuit are listed above and can be accessed by clicking on the relevant church. The location of the churches is indicated on the map below. Clicking on the place marker will bring up a link to the church's page on this website.
Forthcoming Events in the Circuit:-
"Wesley's Wise Words" - A Messy Church Session about John Wesley at Trinity, Bury St Edmunds - Sunday 13th January 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Based on a session by Christine Slatcher from the Messy Church website, this tells the story of our inspirational founder. We will have opportunities to find out about what John meant when he said that all the world was his parish and how he wasn't afraid to speak out when he saw wrongdoing. His life got messy at times when people objected to what he was saying! All children welcome, accompanied by an adult.
Worship is at the heart of all we do as Christians, and so the Circuit Ministers are offering you the opportunity to enrich your experience of worship, by running a course which has a threefold function:
- To enable you to have a better appreciation of Christian worship;
- To aid the discovery and evaluation of gifts and skills that you have;
- To prepare those who feel called to the possible ministry of Worship Leader.
Attending this course does not make you a Worship Leader – however, if at the end of the course you feel called to be a Worship Leader, then please discuss it with your minister. This training will be about helping you to reach a better understanding of intricacies of worship and will require you to participate fully on all that is going on, such as discussions, brainstorming, practical activities and ……….. some homework!! It would certainly help those of you who are involved in Local Arrangements.
Venue: Northumberland Avenue Methodist Church, 7:30pm – 9:00pm.
Dates: 31st Jan; 14th Feb; 28th Feb; 14th Mar; 28th Mar; 11th Apr.
Please bring: Bible, Methodist Worship Book, paper and pen.
If you cannot make all of the evenings but would like to be involved, then speak to Debbie Borda or Rita Carr.
In order that we can get the materials needed, please let Debbie or Rita know by 15th January if you would like to be part of this experience.
Circuit Mission in Britain Service - 4:00pm at Northumberland Avenue Methodist Church, Bury St Edmunds on Sunday 17th February. This will be an opportunity for you to come along and hear all about the work in a pastoral capacity at The Martins, our local Methodist Home, from Home Chaplain Francis Carr. All are welcome.
You can access our Calendar which gives you details of other events in the Circuit, from Messy Church at Trinity in Bury St Edmunds to Pause for Prayer at Old Newton!
What's Been Happening In Our Circuit:
Read the full story of Ixworth Methodist Church's successful Christmas Tree Festival HERE by clicking on the link!
And Trinity Methodist Church celebrated "Christmas Unwrapped" on Sunday 9th December at Messy Church, in which we retold the story of Christ's birth. This was a really happy session with our Messy Church families and several of our regular Sunday morning attendees.