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30 June 2021
The Methodist Conference has been meeting this week in Birmingham. The Methodist Conference is the place where the business of the Methodist Church is conducted, it is the place where we confer together, it is the primary place where governance of the church is exercised and our way of being expressed. The Methodist Conference gathers up conversations that have taken place in local churches, Circuits and Districts and seeks to discern what the Holy Spirit it saying to the wider church.
Many people across the Methodist Church have been awaiting the Methodist Conference to gather up the conversations about marriage and relationships, as enabled through the God in Love Unites Us report, and to discern what the Spirit is saying to the Methodist Church on these matters.
At its meeting this week, the Methodist Conference did resolve to amend the definition of marriage from being the union of one man and one woman to become the union of two people. This makes it possible for local Methodist Churches to be registered for the conducting of same-sex marriages. The decision whether or not to register as a place in which same-sex marriages may be solemnised rests with the local Church Council in each place.
I recognise that whilst for some people this change is cause for consternation, I also recognise that for some other people it is cause for celebration. We continue to live with contradictory convictions on this matter. I ask that, whatever our personal conviction, we respond with grace. All of our views are rooted in scripture, we are all seeking to be disciples called by Christ. Behind all of this is what we know it is truly about. It is about the lives, identities and deeply held beliefs of many people, all seeking to be true and faithful disciples of Jesus Christ, exploring what it means to be in Christ as individuals and as the church. Let us choose to remain in fellowship with one another, seeking together to discern what the Spirit is saying to the church.
May God bless us, as we move forward, with broadness of vision and abundance of grace that we may be Christ-like in our relating with one another.
Peace be with you that blessings may abound.
17 April 2021
We continue to live through the restrictions of Covid-19 Regulations but have moved forward a little. We are now livestreaming Sunday Worship from Trinity Methodist Church, Royton. It is my hope that we shall begin to invite members of the congregations to be present in our churches for worship in May. This will, of course, be done with great care. We shall maintain livestreaming of worship from Trinity into the future so that those who are not able to be present in our churches may continue to participate remotely.
29 March 2021
We are in Holy Week, the week which begins with Jesus's triumphal entry into Jerusalem, contains Maundy Thursday and Good Friday and which culminates in the Resurrection. We continue to live lives that are physically separated and yet we strive to be united spiritually as closely as ever. Over the last year we seem to have rediscovered the things that matter -- caring for our neighbour, looking out for one another, saying thank you to those whose presence we had previously never noticed. We are finding that blessings do indeed abound!
Who, last year, would have thought that we would spend two Holy Weeks in such circumstances and that we still would not be in our church building for Easter Day. Yes, God be praised, we now have a vaccine, we now have hope, we now look forward to getting back into our buildings before very much longer. Our Easter Day worship will be the first of our services which will be livestreamed from Trinity. The service will be in an empty church but we shall soon be able to invite people to join me in the building. The livestreaming will continue as part of our mission and ministry, enabling those not able to join us physically to remain in fellowship with us and to join in or worship.
So, let us walk through Holy Week knowing that we walk the way of Christ. Let us, in faith, set our faces towards the empty tomb and fill our lungs ready to shout "Alleluia! He is Risen!" . Let us, though, also recognise that the route to that place takes us from the table of fellowship, into the garden of betrayal and up the hill of crucifixion where is becomes dark and lonely and desolate. For some people this week will be all of those things. Let us hold the world in love and peace and prayer knowing that we too are held by the hands which have been stretched out and nailed to the cross.
Let us proclaim that, even in the darkness, the light shines. Let us proclaim that, even in the deepest sadness, joys waits to break forth. Let us proclaim, that even when we least expect it, blessings abound.
The Rev Dr Adrian Burdon
The Methodist Church in Oldham
Shaw & Royton Circuit | Oldham & Saddleworth Circuit
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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.
See HERE for a daily prayer from the Methodist Church in Britain.
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