The Aire and Calder Methodist Circuit is a grouping of 31 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