The calling of the Methodist Church is to respond to the gospel of God's love in Christ and to live out its discipleship in worship and mission. It does this through:
- Worship - The Church exists to increase awareness of God's presence and to celebrate God's love.
- Learning and caring - The Church exists to help people to grow and learn as Christians, through mutual support and care.
- Service - The Church exists to be a good neighbour to people in need and to challenge injustice.
- Evangelism - The Church exists to make more followers of Jesus Christ.
The Bradford North Circuit came into being on 1 September 2009. Our Ministry Team, supported by ciruit employees, other clergy, and volunteer office holders, serves churches from across the north of Bradford in West Yorkshire. Our churches vary in size and personality but together we seek to share God's abundant love with those we meet through the wealth of activities offered across the Circuit.
Our journey of discernment continues as we explore what it means to be "church" in our communities.
The mission which matters is that of the local church, and the circuit exists to support and facilitate that mission. The ministry we are all called to exercise is always local, seeking to serve people in the places we inhabit - where we live, work, spend our time. This mission and ministry, diverse and varied though it is in response to local contexts, will reflect appropriately the calling of the Methodist Church. In coming to decisions about how we use our resources we need a balance between local need and opportunity, and wider concerns. We seek to help one another be good stewards of the time, talent and treasure entrusted to us.
A Circuit Prayer
we pray for the unity of our circuit,
may a spirit of co-operation grow and flourish
between all the churches.
may there be a bond of love between the churches,
that everyone will feel a concern for each other,
no matter to which church they belong.
may your Holy Spirit enable and direct all that we do,
so that in all things your mission might be ours.
Grant us a wider vision
so that we may be more effective channels of your love in our communities.
In the name of Christ,