Upper Thames Circuit of Methodist Churches
Welcome to the Web site of The Upper Thames Methodist Circuit. We do hope that you will find the site of interest. Our Churches are located in the beautiful Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire countryside. We are a Bible-based and Christ-centered group of Churches which include a number of Churches which are made up of people from a variety of denominational backgrounds. There are thirteen Churches in our Circuit. You are most welcome to join us in worship in any one of them.
The Mission statement of the Upper Thames Methodist Circuit is 'To grow in the love of God, to preach the gospel of Christ, and, empowered by the Holy Spirit, to reach out to others'. We want to know Christ and to make him known. To this end many of our Churches run Alpha courses and are active in evangelism in a variety of ways.
We take seriously 'Our Calling' which can be summarised as Worship, Evangelism, Service, Learning and Caring and seek to apply these in each local situation.
We aim to support one another and enable mission and ministry in a variety of ways in each local area whilst also remembering that we are part of the world wide Church of Jesus Christ. Youth work is important and full time Youth and Families Workers are employed in most parts of the Circuit.Please scroll down to see all the various items of news.
Braydon Camp Service
There will be a Camp Service at Braydon on Sunday 18th September. The theme will be outreach. Gates will open at 12.30pm for a hog roast (thus enabling folk to attend their usual morning service before coming for lunch). The tent celebration service will follow at 2.30pm for approximately two hours. Seating will be provided.
The venue will be the recreation ground or playing fields behind the old Methodist Chapel in Brinkworth village (postcode SN15 5AG). New amenities have recently been put in place, so electricity, toilets, kitchen and ample parking are all available.
We are honoured that the Chairman of the District, Rev Dr Jonathan Pye, will be joining us.
Our Superintendent MinisterOur Superintendent Minister is Rev Keith Osborn. He can be contacted at 34 Wrde Hill, Highworth, Swindon, SN6 7BX
Home: 01793 763359, Office: 01793 764544
Circuit Newsletter for July and August 2016.
To see the latest edition, then you can download it here. (pdf file).
The Upper Thames Circuit takes the safety and protection of children and vulnerable adults very seriously. We have a circuit safeguarding policy with a circuit safeguarding officer, and also each church has its own policy. Procedures will always be followed. Please contact Rev Keith Osborn for further information.
Circuit Plan, Quarter September to November 2016.
To see the new plan, including lectionary readings, for the quarter March to May 2016, then you can download the plan here (pdf file)
Circuit Plan, Quarter June to August 2016.
To see the previous plan, including lectionary readings, for the quarter June to August 2016, then you can download the plan here (pdf file)
Great Western Federation
The Upper Thames Circuit is part of the Great Western Federation - Three Circuits co-operating for Mission, Upper Thames with Chippenham circuit and Swindon and Marlborough circuit.
Bristol District Youth Work Update
The Bristol District are holding a number of events focusing on Youth and training. Please see the attached newsletter.
Lay Work in the Circuit
We employ 4 lay workers across the Upper Thames Circuit. See the attached poster for details of who they are, what they do and how you can pray for them.
'For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life' - John's Gospel Ch. 3 v.16
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