The Aire and Calder Methodist Circuit is a grouping of 32 churches at the southern end of the Leeds Methodist District. The Circuit is named after the two major rivers that flow through and converge in this area.

This Circuit includes the city of Wakefield; the towns of Castleford, Featherstone, Horbury, Knottingley, Normanton, Ossett, Pontefract, Rothwell and many of the surrounding villages. Methodism in this area has a strong local presence and a sense of commitment to the wider community. We are also part of the Methodist Church in the UK and the international Methodist Church.

We worship, learn, pray and serve together in a variety of ways and believe that this variety is an important part of the life of our church. It is also our belief that everyone is important and that people enliven and vitalise our church by bringing their gifts in service to others, no matter what culture or background they may come from. So, whether you prefer a more traditional style of worship, or something more modern, there is something here in our Circuit to suit you. In the churches you can find lots of other things from Messy Church to youth groups, Bible study and prayer groups, fun things and spiritual things.

Our churches also facilitate a huge number of community groups throughout the week. Trinity Mission, in Castleford, organises a night shelter and a drop in service providing food and a listening ear. We are blessed within our Circuit, to have both a Methodist school; Wakefield Methodist (VC) Junior, Infant and Nursery School and a MHA care home in Warde Aldam, South Elmsall, near Pontefract.

Chaplaincy also takes place outside our churches and people, (not just ministers), take place in prison, hospital, school, care and nursing homes, civic, charity and sports chaplaincy.

God is at work all over the place!

Reverend Andrew Longshaw

Welcome from the Superintendent.









‘But when the Holy Spirit comes to you, you will receive power. You will be my witnesses… in every part of the world.’   Acts 1 : 8

Dear Friends,

The Aire and Calder Circuit wants to share the good news that Jesus died for us with the communities we live in and has set up an evangelism group to focus on the growth of the Church.

However, in order to help others understand this message we must first prepare ourselves spiritually, asking that we may be filled with the Holy Spirit to enable us to spread the Christian message.


We are, therefore, asking that all members pray for two minutes every night at some point between 8 pm & 10 pm. The first minute should be for ourselves and the second minute for the growth of our Church.

To kick start this drive, Revd Jacob Kaiga will be having a prayer walk, between September 7th and October 1st, connecting all the Churches within the Circuit prayerfully.  


We are inviting people to accompany Revd Jacob, even if only for a few steps locally.  There is no set distance for accompanying walkers.  Walkers will make various stops to pray for the community and will also pray within each Church.  


Everybody can be involved because if you can’t, or don’t want to join the walk, we ask that you take the time to pray for the Church and the community it serves.  This can be done anywhere, but we are encouraging people to pray together in Church because together we are strengthened and blessed.