"Praying for all our Key Workers"
To Bury St Edmunds Methodist Circuit
The Circuit's Mission is "to live and share the Good News of God's Love in Christ"
Welcome and we
are delighted that you are accessing the Bury St Edmunds circuit
As Christmas draws near there is an excitement in
the air – the lights are on in the town and in many people’s homes, the shop
windows are decorated and the Christmas cards are beginning to drop through the
letterbox. There is an air of
expectancy. We are waiting for something
This past year has been so different to any we
have ever experienced before and yet we can still look forward in hope – we
hope that the vaccination will work and will soon start to be delivered, we
hope that we will be able to spend time with family and friends again and we
wait in hope for a tiny baby to come amongst us – the King of Love.
I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Peaceful
Due to the Coronavirus
pandemic things have had to change, so what’s going on……….. well…………..
The way we worship has changed – we now have so
many opportunities to worship in different ways ….. it is so exciting and I
hope that there is something to suit you.
We use the same order of worship across the circuit; it is good to know
that we are not alone when we worship.
Every week we produce a worship sheet for your
use and this is used across the circuit on a Sunday. It is sent out by email or by post for those
without internet access. We post out
about 120 each week. You can access the
worship sheet here.
Services in Church Buildings
All of our church buildings are open for one
Sunday per month, for a service of Holy Communion. We are limited to the number of people who
can attend so if you wish to attend it is necessary that you book in. If you do not know the booking person for the
church then please contact the circuit office by the Monday preceding the date
of the service. You will find details of these services here.
Every Sunday there are two Zoom services across
the circuit, should you wish to join one of these please contact the circuit
office who will be able to link you to the person hosting the service for that
Every week we video record the service from the
worship sheet and you can access this here.
Rev Ruth Ridge is doing a
weekly service on the St John's Facebook page live at 6pm every Thursday.
The service lasts about 30 mins and is available to watch live and on the page
at any time after it has been broadcast. The service is available at: https://www.facebook.com/stjohnsmethodistchurchsudbury and you do not have to have a Facebook account to
Each day there
is a thought for the day written by a Local preacher or a Supernumerary
minister which is posted every morning on the website. You
can access it here.
It is so
important that we keep in touch with one another and therefore each week we
produce a newsletter which you can access here. If you
have any information to add to it then please forward it to the Reverend Debbie
We may not be meeting in the way that we have for
hundreds of years but we are continuing to worship, to praise God, to pray and
to have fellowship together. We are using many forms of technology
to do this.
We are keeping in touch with one another and if
you are new to this website and would like someone to talk to then please contact
one of the ministers.
God is very much alive here in our lives and we
are witnessing God’s love in a different way. We must never forget
that God is with us and that at the heart of the Christian Gospel is a message
of hope, and that is something that the world could do with right now.
Please click here to see what is happening in the Circuit!
We cover some five hundred square miles of rural
mid Suffolk, stretching from Needham Market in the east, taking in
Stowmarket as you travel west, across to the Cathedral town of Bury St
Edmunds and then down to Sudbury.
Delightful, picturesque villages can be found on the minor roads
throughout the area which makes travelling through the countryside a
Ten churches make up the Circuit, one of which,
Christchurch in Needham Market, is a united URC/ Methodist congregation.
From large town centre churches to smaller village chapels the Circuit
seeks to give expression to our calling as worshipping, serving, outward
looking, and caring communities.
Within the boundaries of the Circuit are The Martins
, in Bury St Edmunds, a Methodist Home, providing housing and care for older people (www.mha.org.uk
) and Culford School
), a Methodist Independent Co-educational Day and Boarding School.
I hope you will enjoy exploring this website and discovering all that the churches of the Circuit have to offer.
With Every Good Wish and God Bless,
Rev Debbie Borda
Note: - To download or print off our Newsletter, please click on the double arrow symbol on the right hand side of the grey border. This will give you a drop-down menu of options for printing or downloading.
An Order of Service for Sunday Worship can be found each week on our Sunday Worship Page for you to use at home.
At present only small numbers are able to meet to remember, celebrate and give thanks for, the lives of our friends and colleagues who have recently passed away. So we have created a new webpage with details of forthcoming funeral services, which you can access here.
A Letter from Rev Julian Pursehouse, our Chair of District: -
Our District Newsletter, "Grapevine"
Bury St Edmunds Methodist Circuit is fully committed to upholding all requirements of the Methodist Church's Data Protection Policy (GDPR). More information can be found in "About Us" - please click on this link.
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New Circuit Office Opening Hours: - Mondays 9:00am - 3:00pm.
Tel: 01284 731082. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Outside these hours, please contact the Superintendent Minister - Tel: 01284 754574. Emails will be monitored.