2015 September

September 2015

Dear friends,

I hope that you have had a wonderful summer, and that if you have been away on holiday, you have come back refreshed and ready for all that the next twelve months have to offer.

I believe the next few months will be exciting and challenging in many ways. Earlier this year, our Circuit faced a significant crisis when we were down to one circuit steward with no treasurer after September. We are very grateful to Wendy Lunt who has taken on the treasurership for a period of twelve months.

It is clear that we need to rediscover our Circuit identity, which is at the heart of Methodism. The Circuit Leadership Team will be working with Rachel Deigh, the District Development Enabler, to plan how we can find a new vision for our Circuit.

While we are very grateful to Alan Lewis and Wendy Lunt, we need to resource and recruit new people to Circuit positions during the next year to ensure that the Circuit can continue.

Clearly the form of the Circuit impinges considerably on the future of Moor Lane Church. You may recall that approximately 18 months ago, we gained planning permission for housing at the rear of our car park. We have not pursued this over the intervening period as the sale of the land, should it go ahead, comes at the end of a process rather than at the beginning.

Over the last year we have lost a number of well-known members who in their time were very active workers and supporters of the church. This reminds us that the profile of our church is ageing and changing, with many people feeling less able to take on roles within the church. This places the burden of running, maintaining and developing the church on the shoulders of a smaller group within the church.

We need therefore to take stock, listening to one another and to God to find out who we are as a church, finding a vision for the future, and then and only then, assessing what resources we need in terms of land, buildings, people and finance.

Can I ask four things of you?

Firstly, will you pray for us as a church and as a circuit, as we seek to discern God’s will for us in the future?

Secondly, will you join in the discussion of where we see the church in a viable, sustainable format for the future?

Thirdly, will you treat others with love and with respect, even when views are expressed with which you disagree?

Finally, will you work with the Church Council and with each other to support and encourage us as a church as we seek to put into effect the decisions that we make?

While this is a challenge, it is also a great opportunity. I believe that as we turn to God, so he will do far more than we can think or imagine. By his grace and by his Spirit working in and through us, may we be an active Methodist society, engaged in the work of God’s kingdom here in Crosby.

There are significant challenges ahead, which we must face. These will bring stresses and strains to our church as we wrestle with our future. In all these things, remember Jesus’ instructions: A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13: 34 – 35)

With every blessing,



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