Welcome to the Chesterfield Methodist Circuit, made up of around 500 Christians worshipping in 7 Churches situated in or around Chesterfield.
We are a group of quite ordinary people who are committed to following Jesus Christ.  We believe that our relationships with other people, and above all with God, are transformed through knowing Jesus.  We share three priorities: loving God, loving one another and loving our neighbour.
 The Methodist people in Great Britain meets in Conference annually to worship, discuss, discern, share and plan. A highlight video can be found here and much more here

Our Faith

In this note, we try to outline our faith in ordinary words, which we are hoping will encourage people to ask questions beyond what they see written here, or to develop their own form of words which in their view would be meaningful to others.

We believe that the universe, and everything that was, is, or will be within it, exists not by chance, but through the action of one God.

We believe:

* that this one God exists outside the realm of time and space in a way which is entirely outside our ability to understand, and that the workings and purpose of God is, and always will be, mysterious to those alive on this earth. We believe, but cannot explain, that part of the mystery of creation is that people are not like puppets, moved at the will of God, but have been given the freedom to make moral choices.

* that this one God, although outside the realm of time and space, is also invovled in it, and became part of the ordinary world in the person of Jesus, who proclaimed a new ‘Kingdom of God’, and explained the meaning of life in a profoundly different and challenging way. We believe that the message of Jesus upset the religious authorities of the day so greatly that He was executed, but that the power of God is shown by Jesus triumph over death itself.

* that Jesus is made real  now in a Spirtual way, showing us that His death and ongoing life symbolise the evil in the world and the ultimate triumph of love over evil, and remind us that when we accept for ourselves our human weaknesses, we are able to become members of the Kingdom which Jesus proclaimed.

We recognise, of course, that others may express their Christian beliefs in different words, which is not at all surprising when we remember that we are seeking in words to express an eternal truth which is outside the scope of human words.


Our Mission

The calling of the Methodist Church is to respond to the gospel of God’s love in Christ and to live out its discipleship in worship and mission.

It does this through:

Worship: the church exists to increase awareness of God’s presence and to celebrate God’s love

Learning and Caring: the Church exists to help people grow and learn as Christians, through mutual support and care

Service: the Church exists to be a good neighbour to people in need and to challenge injustice

Evangelism: the Church exists to make more followers of Jesus Christ


Mission Priorities

Across the Circuit, we have identified a number of priorites, consistent with the above, and each church in the Circuit has been, and is, developing approaches relevant to their own situation.

  • maintaining and developing worship and preaching in ways which are meaningful to existing and potential new members
  • ongoing spiritual development
  • support of aging faithful members
  • engagement with local communities
  • mission to those in need
  • continuation of youth work
  • work among young adults and young families


Worship and Preaching

Worship and Proclamation of the Gospel message are at the heart of what we are, and we encourage a variety of forms of worship to meet different needs.

Services are led by Ordained  and Lay Preachers, assisted in some case by locally based worship leaders.

Worship in the various churches can be in traditional or less formal styles, with ‘the Electric Church’  rock services monthly,  and  ‘Worship on Weekdays’

Preachers are allocated to Churches on a quarterly preaching plan


Working with Others

The Methodist tradition of evangelism and service has played, and continues to play, an important role in the ongoing work of the Kingdom of God, but we recognise that there is and must be an increasing emphasis on collaboration with those of other denominations.

Central Methodist Church was one of the founding members of Christians Together in Chesterfield (weblink), which leads the Chesterfield Street Pastors scheme and which is also developing links with local schools and worked with the local conucil in running a play scheme during the summer holiday.

There are also ecumenical links in local neighbourhoods, and at Loundsley Green we are joined with the Anglican Church to form a ‘Local Ecumenical Partnership’


The Methodist Church

see www.methodist.org.uk

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