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.
Our mission in the Shropshire and Marches Circuit is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and mind, and to love our neighbour as ourselves by the power of the Holy Spirit in our large and rural community.
With God's help we aim to:
be aware of the differing needs of all our congregations and be prepared to adapt in order to offer mutual nurture and support
be aware of the needs of our Ministers, Lay workers and Local preachers and encourage them in their calling and mission
be aware of the needs of our local neighbourhoods and be witnesses for Jesus Christ within them
accept our responsibility towards the natural world by consciously caring for God's creation
be vocal in our commitment to inclusivity, ensuring our churches are places where all are welcome regardless of gender, race, sexuality, or any other issue which might be considered a barrier
so that we may unite as a Circuit in enabling the worship of God, and be a loving, effective and constantly evolving Methodist presence in our communities.
Let our chief conversation be with you, O God; let the joy of our salvation be your grace and the heart of our faith be your presence. Amen.
Sensitive God, as you hid your face from those who went before, knowing that we cannot grasp the full measure of your glory, thank you that so often in the quiet, hidden places you make your treasures known, teaching patient openness, and revealing depths of meaning and compassion or heights of possibility and hope. For treasures hidden in the gentle smile or kindly act, thank you. For courageous care and generosity of spirit, thank you. For persistent justice-seeking and moments of reconciliation, thank you. For all that illuminates the darkness in our own and others' lives, thank you. Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer, enable us to see and share your treasure, guiding and upholding into love and life for all. Amen.