The Methodist Circuit of Gloucestershire exists to join in God's mission: we seek to offer God's love to the people of Gloucestershire as an inclusive 24/7 church.
The Gloucestershire Methodist Circuit is one of nine Circuits that make up the Bristol District of the Methodist Church and the wider Methodist Church in Britain. The Circuit was formed on 1 September 2008 through the amalgamation of the former Cirencester, Forest of Dean, Gloucester, Stroud & Dursley, and Tewkesbury & Cheltenham Methodist Circuits. The Gloucestershire Circuit includes 45 churches in an area of over 850,000 people. Those churches include 12 ecumenical partnerships of various kinds, linking us with the Baptist Church, the Church of England, the Congregational Federation, and the United Reformed Church.
As a Methodist group of churches and people we want to work with others, and our vision is shaped especially by our Methodist identity, emphases and calling.
In worshipping God we root ourselves in the God who loves us. Accordingly, we seek to offer quality worship in traditional and contemporary styles; to gather in traditional and to explore new ways of being Church; and to engage more in prayer every day, as individuals or together.
Learning and Caring
God meets us where we are and invites us to grow by caring for others and ourselves. Accordingly, we are committed to changing ('repentance') and to growing in faith, love and discipleship; to developing loving and inclusive congregations and communities; and to developing confidence in living and sharing our faith in God's love for all.
Since God loves all, God invites us to join God in serving others. Accordingly, as individuals, congregations and communities as far as we are able, we seek to identify and engage in ways of serving and advocating alongside our neighbours (whether near or far); we commit to challenging and transforming unjust structures of society and to promoting the integrity of creation; and, as a Circuit, we prioritise the deploying of our resources by endeavouring to stand with and going to 'those who need us most', including people and communities in social and economic need or who are experiencing injustice.
Since God loves all, we want to share God's love with others and invite them to respond. Accordingly, we are seeking to develop new styles of mission, including new ways of presenting the Gospel to encourage followers of Jesus Christ; we want to develop ways of being alongside people in the workplace and wider community; and, in undertaking this, we want to involve the 'whole people of God'.
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