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Launch of the new Circuit Mission Statement

Over 70 Methodists attended a Circuit Event held at Trinity Centre, Ringwood on the day of the Epiphany, Saturday 6 January. Those attending came from the 16 churches across the Circuit, from Blandford in the west to Brockenhurst in the east.

Revd Gwyneth Owen welcomed everyone and the event started with a splendid meal — prepared, cooked and served by the Ministers and the Circuit Stewards — and they also did the washing up! It was an opportunity to share a meal with old and new friends, and a time of fun and fellowship.

This was followed by a presentation from Revd David Hollingsworth, Deacon Alison McMillan and Miss Liz Ward, Circuit Steward, concerning the new Circuit Mission Statement, on how we can be generous with our message, with our love and with our resources. This statement can be viewed by opening the small red icon to the right, underneath all the photos.

In the following discussion groups many ideas about Mission were forthcoming, and gave all plenty to think about and take back to their respective churches. One theme, which occurred more than once during the afternoon, was that that we, the Church, should perhaps be putting more thought into modern forms of worship, if we wish to appeal to the next generations.

The afternoon concluded with an act of worship, with hymns and readings chosen especially for Epiphany.

This was a really successful event, allowing friends across the circuit to meet, share a meal and fellowship and come away with new ideas about Mission. Grateful thanks are expressed to the Ministers and Circuit Stewards for arranging it.

Please click on individual photos to enlarge.

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