Most of the worship in the circuit is currently traditional in nature but new things are already happening. Cafe Church which moves to various venues across the circuit and 'Something Different' at Tintagel are already well established and attracting healthy congregations. Messy Church thrives at Week St Mary and Canworthy, Maxworthy, Bethel and Eden meet together monthly for 'Messy United, two parallel streams of worship in traditional and messy Church styles, both studying the same Bible passage and sharing their insights and their discoveries together during the latter part of the morning before sharing scrumptious refreshments.
Some congregations are deeply attached to traditional was and deliberately reach out to older members of the community. Rehobeth is one such, offering regular 'Sing Alongs' of well known traditional hymns which attract a good number of older people and are followed by refreshments and fellowship together.
Eden is largely a congregation of younger families (although a fair sprinkling of Grannies and grandads come too) and the style is relaxed and contemporary.
Week St Mary regularly offers a choice of worship experiences and Canworthy Water and other congregations are also prepared to 'push the boundaries' and move on to new things while continuing to treasure their Methodist heritage.
Every quarter the circuit comes together for a Celebration in a more contemporary style which many of us look forward to with keen anticipation.
Across the circuit our aim is to promote worship which is meaningful and relevant; which will help worshippers to express their faith and their struggles; which will be open to all, enabling to all and primarily, honouring to our great and awesome God.
Learning and Caring
There are a number of Bible study and discipleship and enquirers groups across the circuit including the in depth 'Disciple Course and the weekly Circuit Bible Study group at Camelford, led by the Superintendent minister. Courses have also been offered on parenting and other current issues and more are planned.
Pactical care is offered naturally in our close knit rural communities and folk also go out regularly into the retirement homes in the area. Several preachers and storytellers are also involved in work with schools - both assemblies and seasonal events are catered for, and teams also go into the local schools to 'Open the Book' - taking the children through the Bible using the Lion Storytellers Bible in a dramatic way.
Fair Trade and cre of the environment are also high on our congregations' agenda!
Evangelism is ongoing thrughout the circuit asthe congregations reach out in many ways to the people around them - working in schools, running kids clubs and youth clubs, hosting all sorts of fun events with a Christian ethos or content, and running Alpha and other enquirer'scourses
Now, with Walk Cornwall in the past we are looking at ways to consolidate and build on our experiences and to take the Gospel out to our communities and friends.