Remember that Church is the people not the building



The Methodist Church in Oldham.

The Shaw & Royton Circuit is in partnership with the Oldham & Saddleworth Circuit.




From the Superintendent Minister : The Rev Dr Adrian Burdon


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25 February 2021

Do you remember that back in March I shared this poem, written by Kitty O'Meara, which was created for this time:

And the people stayed home.
And read books,
and listened,
and rested,
and exercised,
and made art,
and played games,
and learned new ways of being,
and were still.
And listened more deeply.
Some meditated,
some prayed,
some danced.
Some met their shadows.
And the people began to think differently.

And the people healed.
And, in the absence of people living in ignorant,
and heartless ways,
the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed,
and the people joined together again,
they grieved their losses,
and made new choices,
and dreamed new images,
and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully,
as they had been healed.

10 February 2021

The Circuit Meeting of the Shaw & Royton Circuit met in parallel with the Circuit Meeting of the Oldham & Saddleworth Circuit last night (Monday 8 February 2021) in order to discuss and decide upon the possibility of creating a new Methodist Circuit for the whole of Oldham from September 2021.

The meeting was productive and good natured, although as challenging as ever of course. The outcome was that, by overwhelming majorities, both Circuit Meetings voted to come together into a new Oldham Circuit on 1 September 2021.

The voting was as follows:

Oldham & Saddleworth -- Voting Members Present: 35 Votes for: 32 Votes Against: 2
Shaw & Royton -- Voting Members Present: 19 Votes for: 18 Votes Against: 1

What will happen next is that the Circuit Leadership Teams shall be working closely together in order to develop the process which brings about the new Circuit. Now that the decision has been made to come together, the fine details will be worked out and presented to the Circuit Meetings for decision. We shall keep members of the churches in both Circuits abreast of developments as they fall into place over coming weeks and months.

Please continue to pray for the members of the Leadership Teams as they engage in this process on your behalf. Please pray for the churches of our two Circuits as we move towards the creation of the new Circuit. Pray for God's Spirit to be upon us as we do a new thing in God's name.

Blessings abound!


The Revd Dr Adrian Burdon
The Methodist Church in Oldham
Oldham & Saddleworth | Shaw & Royton

New Year's Eve 2020
As we come to the end of 2020 we are undoubtedly glad to see the back of a year that has, for many people, been a difficult one. Yet we enter the New Year in seemingly no better a situation. I write this as a vast swathe of the country enters Tier 4, virtual lockdown, for the next few weeks. The good news is, though, that the vaccine is being rolled out and I know that many of our more vulnerable and older friends have begun the process of being inoculated against Covid-19. We move forward in hope, knowing that we are closer to the end of this difficult time than we are to its beginning.
You will know that I had begun to make plans for our churches to begin to reopen in the New Year and we were all looking forward to that. You will not be surprised to read my suggestion that we need to again hold back on that particular plan and keep on doing what we have been doing since March. I am as frustrated to have to write that sentence as you are in reading it. It is especially frustrating as we were, for a couple of weeks, moving in the right direction. The emergence of a more-easily transmitted variant of the virus does make it particularly more dangerous for us to continue with our plans to get back together.
So, please recognise that the provisional preaching plan published just before Christmas is now suspended and we shall keep on with online worship for the time being.
As soon as it is safe to do so, we shall begin to open our churches and, provided the equipment has been installed, we shall be able to offer the option of watching livestreamed worship alongside the option of being physically present.
I would suggest that the trigger for us to next consider making the transition from online-only worship into this mixed economy should be the time when we enter Tier 2. Until then, let is keep on keeping on in the manner that we have been doing.
The Revd Dr Jonathan Hustler, The Secretary of the Conference, offers us this prayer for the moment:
Loving God, in our fear, in our grief, in our disappointment, may we know that you are with us,
And as we heed the call to remain in our homes, help us there to serve you faithfully,
That others might know of Immanuel, God with us. Amen.

And here is a video-prayer for the New Year from the Revd Richard Teal, President of the Methodist Conference.
Keep the faith, stay safe and know that blessings abound.
The Revd Dr Adrian Burdon
Superintendent Minister
Shaw & Royton Circuit of the Methodist Church


Christmas Eve 2020

Remember that our worship for Christmas Day is now a recording as is available in the usual place on the Worship page of the Circuit Website. Likewise for worship for Sunday 27 December.

Here is a prayer for Christmas Eve from the Methodist Church in Britain.

Wednesday 23 December 2020

We stand within sight of the manger and the light of the star becomes brighter and begins to settle over the place where the Christ-child lies. We look around in wonder. We look around and wonder. We wonder at the sight, for we find that the stable and manger are not in some distant place, we don't even need to go to church to find them, for they are in our midst, with us in the very place in which we find ourselves. No matter in what place we find ourselves, God is with us, Immanuel, in our midst holding us and shielding us. No matter what the journey has been that brings us here, no matter what lied ahead on our continued journey, Immanuel — God is with us.

God is with you, me , us. So thanks be to God this Christmastide.

Here is a video, produced by the Methodist Church in Britain

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Welcome to the Shaw & Royton Circuit website


We are a small Circuit of the Manchester and Stockport District of the Methodist Church. Located at the northern tip of the district, part of Oldham Borough, we are six churches spread across two former mill towns in the foothills of the Pennines. Methodism in this area was established over 200 years ago and we have some historic buildings which are still used in worship.

The Shaw and Royton Circuit is looking forward to a time of growth and development. We are seeking ways to engage more fully with our neighbourhoods and to engage in God's mission in this place. The worship in our churches is, generally, traditional but we are looking forward to exploring new ways and finding new expressions for our traditions.

The Shaw & Royton Circuit is in partnership with the neighbouring Oldham & Saddleworth Circuit and the Superintendent Minister covers both Circuits. We are working together to create a new Circuit, covering the whole of the Oldham Metropolitan Borough area, from September 2021.

We acknowledge the calling of the Methodist Church in Britain as our local calling and so seek to respond to the gospel of God's love in Christ and to live out our discipleship in worship and mission.


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