Introduction and Welcome
Welcome to Durham and Deerness Valley Methodist Circuit. It is a complicated time for many and people are seeking answers to ultimate questions. If you want to know a bit more about our churches, read further. If you are a seeker, the answer tends to be the same each time. You, particularly you, are loved.
Our Circuit is 15 churches trying to work differently than before lockdown. Before lockdown we functioned mainly independently and focused on our Sunday service as our main outreach. We are now functioning in groups of churches holding physical Sunday services as Government allows and many online services to keep those who do not feel comfortable yet in public, connected and safe. We are working as four groups of churches managing 15 sites.
There are main Sunday worship opportunities in four places, Brandon, Durham City Centre, Sacriston and Carrville. There are events and discipleship development opportunities growing midweek and online as we speak. We have an ecumenical partnership with our Anglican sisters and brothers at All Saints in Newton Hall. There is a Church Without Walls initiative which is held outside weather permitting. There is Worship Happening Beyond Words utilizing sign language and creative means for worship to great impact. Please scan the site and join us and any or all places.
In the Durham City Centre we have been developing a hybrid model of service that has people participating in real time on a Sunday from wherever they are in the world on Zoom with those gathered at a safe social distance in the church. There are links to this through Facebook. We have a phone in Bible study and are developing a phone in prayer ministry as well. There are paper form services being delivered to people as well when we know they want them. Join with us, wherever you are, whoever you are. Know you are loved by Christ and valued by the Methodist Church here both near and in Durham.
Rev John Squares, Methodist Superintendent
There are details of all our churches here.
The Church exists to:
- increase awareness of God’s presence and celebrate God’s love
- help people to grow and learn as Christians
- be a good neighbour to people in need and challenge injustice
- make more followers of Jesus Christ
For more information about the Methodist Church, visit methodist.org.uk.
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