South Bedfordshire Circuit


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Welcome...

...to the website of South Bedfordshire Circuit

The Circuit consists of twenty two Churches and Chapels in and around Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard, Luton and surrounding villages.

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Circuit Calendar

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To add meetings and events please email Marina Mele, Circuit Administrator 






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Circuit Farewell Service

at 7.00pm on Sunday 26 July

via Zoom



Please join us to say farewell to Deacon Jacqueline Esama-John and Karen Noble



Doors open at 6.45pm



https://zoom.us/j/96166175741?pwd=emhPQW1NZ25TMS92eW1YUFJHZmE3QT09


 You will also need a password available from a member of the Circuit Leadership Team or a Senior Church Steward





To join the service by telephone, dial by your location:

        +44 203 481 5237 United Kingdom
        +44 203 481 5240 United Kingdom
        +44 203 901 7895 United Kingdom
        +44 208 080 6591 United Kingdom
        +44 208 080 6592 United Kingdom
        +44 330 088 5830 United Kingdom
        +44 131 460 1196 United Kingdom

Meeting ID: 961 6617 5741. You will also need a password - see below


Please contact a member of the Circuit Leadership Team or a Senior Church Steward for the password to join the service.  


Could God Be Calling You?




We are seeking new Circuit Stewards. People from all walks of life become Circuit Stewards each bringing their own experiences and abilities to the role.  But the foundation for all Circuit Stewards' work is a love for, and relationship with, god, the Church and the world.


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The Methodist Church Coronavirus Guidance and Resources  


Please click on this link for the most up to date guidance and resources from The Methodist Church.  This information is updated regularly. 

Due to Covid concerns, our church buildings are currently closed.

However, our church services and prayers have not stopped because the buildings are closed; we have gone on-line and it is really easy to find us.  See below for information about church services and some prayers.  If you would like someone to pray with you, please contact a member of the staff team or send an email to the Circuit Administrator who will arrange for someone to contact you.  



Prayers


Please Click here for the Circuit Prayer Diary


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God of all hope we call on you today.
We pray for those who are living in fear:
Fear of illness, fear for loved ones, fear of other’s reactions to them.
May your Spirit give us a sense of calmness and peace.

We pray for your church in this time of uncertainty.
For those people who are worried about attending worship.
For those needing to make decisions in order to care for other
For those who will feel more isolated by not being able to attend.
Grant us your wisdom.

Holy God, we remember that you have promised that
Nothing will separate us from your love – demonstrated to us in Jesus Christ.
Help us turn our eyes, hearts and minds to you.

Amen

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How to pray when so much has changed around us?
How to pray when injustice confronts us on the street?
How to pray when we are unsure of each other and the future?

Some days, Lord we don't know how or what to pray
We want all lives to matter but we know that we and all society must change
We want the earth to flourish, yet we want everything we had before
We want to be with our families and friends, to return to normal, yet we no longer know what normal might be.

In these days of uncertainty, help us to be angry in ways that are not destructive to peace
help us to be confident, in ways that do not diminish others
help us to be peaceful, in ways that continue to confront injustice

Pray in us and through us loving God
transform us by your presence
breath your love into us
Confront and change us by your grace.

Amen



Loving God,

If we are ill, strengthen us.

If we are tired, fortify our spirits.

If we are anxious, help us to consider the lilies of the field and the birds of the air.

Help us not to stockpile treasures from supermarkets in the barns of our larders.

Don't let fear cause us to overlook the needs of others more vulnerable than ourselves.

Fix our eyes on your story and our hearts on your grace.

Help us always to hold fast to the good,

See the good in others,

And remember there is just one world, one hope,

One everlasting love, with baskets of bread for everyone.

In Jesus we make our prayer,

The one who suffered, died and was raised to new life,

In whom we trust these days and all days,

Amen.

The Revd Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference






Remember that that the Methodist Church is wider than Britain. We are learning from our sisters and brothers around the world who are dealing with a difficult and uncertain situation and we would ask that you hold them in prayer, particularly those in affected areas. You can read prayers from other countries here



Worship During the Coronavirus Pandemic 


Worship Resources, Services Sheets, Information about Live-Steamed Services, Prayer Resources for Personal Prayer and Bible Study, plus information about doing your own live-steaming can be found on the Methodist Church website.  

Please click here.


Also see The Methodist Weekly News for 2 July 2020- please click here



Cross for Holy Week


 



The following churches within the Circuit have also produced services or worship resources.


Trinity, Leighton Buzzard - please click here


The Olive Tree Church, Luton - please click here 


Harlington Methodist Church - please click here


Harlington Methodist Church - Monthly Virtual Messy Church - please click here 


Some churches are holding Zoom services - for more information, please email the Circuit Administrator - please click here


If you have accessed one of our services, or are simply looking at our website - welcome!  

Perhaps you will find church online easier to try out than a physical building, perhaps these extraordinary times have triggered something spiritual inside you, perhaps you would appreciate linking with a Christian community.  If for whatever reason, you would appreciate some human contact from one of our churches, or have a question, then please email the circuit administrator (please click here), and we will respond to you.







Public Issues  


Please click here for the June 2020 issue of the Public Issues Newsletter



The Circuit Office


The Circuit Office is closed, but the Circuit Administrator is working from home.  To contact the Circuit Administrator, please send an email.