Tendring Methodist Circuit

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Many churches across the Circuit welcome the community to their monthly midweek Messy church. Children and parents share in food, in crafts and activities and in worship together. You are welcomed to join your local Messy church. Contact us for more information.

 

There is a Godly Play room at Wix Community church, and many children come fortnightly to explore for themselves God, the Bible and much more. 

Helping people find their way back to God

Thank you for visiting our website. We are a warm, welcoming group of Methodist churches and we hope that you find this website informative. There is a variety of worship services in our local churches. Please visit Services to find out more. 

If you need a minister, you will find their contact details here

Tendring is situated in North East Essex and is made up of villages, small rural towns and seaside towns.  

There are eighteen churches in the Tendring Circuit of the Methodist Church of which three are in a Local Ecumenical Partnership with the URC and one church is in covenant with the local Anglican Church.  

The Tendring Circuit is part of the Beds, Essex and Herts Methodist District. 

Godly Play

 

Happy New Year!

For so many of us January is a time where we reflect on the past in some way or other and, often, make some sort of resolution for the future as well.

In church in January this year we will be celebrating our Covenant service. This is a service which, whilst being a distinctive feature of the Methodist Church, has also been embraced widely ecumenically as well with churches of different denominations coming together in some places to celebrate it.

In 1755 John Wesley created a service based on some work from the Puritan tradition. Wesley saw it as an expression of Christian discipleship focusing on a framework of spiritual guidance, pastoral care and preaching. Today we are invited to the service as a link between our personal devotion and corporate worship.1

The Covenant Prayer (see below) which is central to the service is hard to pray! It is a prayer of surrender to God and one which many people find difficult. We are encouraged to see the service, and indeed the Covenant Prayer itself, as a gift from God as he will give us the grace to live this prayer in our daily lives. In Jeremiah 31:33 we are reminded that God will write the covenant on our hearts. It is in this service that the Church celebrates that he will be our God and we shall be his people.

We are invited in this service to connect more with God as individuals, as a community of faith with each other and to others in the world who do not yet know God. As we continue our journey together in 2018 I pray that we will discern God’s way forward as individuals and as a community focusing on the God who loves us so much. As God’s people I pray that we will bring, and reflect, God’s love and message to all those we meet.

God’s blessings for 2018,

Chris

The Covenant Prayer

I am no longer my own but yours.

Your will, not mine, be done in all things,

Wherever you may place me,

In all that I do and in all that I endure;

When there is work for me and when there is none;

When I am troubled and when I am at peace.

Your will be done when I am valued and when I am disregarded;

When I find fulfilment and when it is lacking;

When I have all things, and when I have nothing.

I willingly offer all I have and am to serve you,

As and where you choose.

Glorious and blessed God,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

You are mine and I am yours.

May it be so for ever.

Let this covenant now made on earth be fulfilled in heaven. Amen.

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1 Some information taken from http://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/the-methodist-church/what-is-distinctive-about-methodism/a-covenant-with-god/the-covenant-service/ where further information can also be found.

May God bless you in 2018