MIDDLESBROUGH AND ESTON METHODIST CIRCUIT
This is the first of a series of newsletters which will be sent from time to time by the Circuit Missions and Development Team with the aim of keeping you up to date with some of the things that are happening around the Circuit. The idea is that the newsletter will give brief facts, which may also serve to ensure that everyone hears the same news. It may be that much fuller details of some of the items will then appear in a later issue of Memo.
Deployment of Presbyters
The Circuit Meeting of 8 March 2012 agreed that from 1 September 2012, the 3 Presbyters of the Circuit should be deployed as follows –
Rev Dr Martin Ramsden – Pastoral oversight for Grove Hill, Linthorpe Road and Trinity churches. Superintendent of the Circuit.
Rev Sue Greenwood – Pastoral oversight for Marton, Nunthorpe and Stainton churches. Assisting with Superintendency duties.
Rev Huw Sperring – Pastoral oversight for Eston Grange, Normanby and Ormesby churches. Assisting with Superintendency duties.
CMDT ask churches to continue seeking ways in which lay members of the churches may utilise their gifts in reducing the workload of their Presbyter.
Avenue Methodist Church
Avenue will cease to be a place of Methodist worship on 31 August 2012. The final service will be on Sunday 26 August at 9.30am.
The Circuit Meeting of 22 March 2012 agreed that, subject to sufficient funding being in place to ensure that it could run on a viable basis without incurring a loss, the Avenue buildings will remain open, initially for a period of 1 year from 1 September 2012, as a community facility. This will give time to consider how the building could be used as an asset to the circuit and to the community whilst also allowing the existing groups that use the building to remain there for another year.
CMDT ask that you will pray for and support the people of Avenue at what is for them, a very painful period as they move into the last few months of their time at Avenue.
This is early notice of an event to be held on Saturday 7 July. In faith, the whole of Stewarts Park has been booked for an event organised by the Circuit but which it is hoped will be ecumenical and evangelical, witnessing to non-Christians that, actually, Christians do know how to have a good time and enjoy themselves. There will be food, music, games and much, much more. Full details will appear in the June issue of Memo but in the meantime, note the date in your diary and, if you want to know more or to offer assistance, contact Kay Braithwaite, Dave Elliott or Liz Milburn.
Olympic Torch relay
The Olympic Torch will be passing Linthorpe Road Church at 6.44pm (we are told!) on Sunday 17th June. It is recognised that many will wish to be in the centre of Middlesbrough to support this one time only event. Accordingly, a special service will take place at Linthorpe Road that day, timed to finish to allow everyone to see the torch pass by and to then join in the celebrations in Centre Square. Evening services will be held as normal in the rest of the Circuit but no doubt if the numbers coming into Middlesbrough from any one church mean that the evening service at that church is not really viable, then that particular evening service will be cancelled.
It is also hoped to provide some form of mission/witness based on the café at Linthorpe Road. Anyone interested in being involved should contact one of the Circuit Stewards as soon as possible.
The Circuit Mission and Development Team