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.
All honour to you, O Lord, in the paradise of your love, in the recitation of your goodness and in the contemplation of your blessings. Unending is our song. Endless is our praise. In you is our refuge, our joy and our delight.
Incarnate God, thank you.
In the hardest of times, you are here.
When we are alone, afraid or sad,
Confused, ashamed or hurt, you are here.
You are with us. You are here. You are.
For your love is always present: stronger than a mighty wind yet gentler than a dove.
You urge, lead and protect us.
You know, embrace and nurture us.
If we turn away or close the door, you will never abandon us.
Our past, future and present are in your keeping.
You are nearer than our own beating hearts and closer than our breath.
You call us by our name and we rejoice that we are held in your love. Amen