at Chapel Street Methodist Church, Penzance on Saturday 28th September.
10.00 – 12.30 (Coffee from 9.45)
A united meeting of all 18 Methodist Churches, their Church Councils, and other interested members.
This will be a meeting to suggest radical ways to move forward and not, as we have often done, to bemoan our problems*.
All our churches are different and have their own challenges, but deep down we all know that our churches must change or die. (Dying is an option, and if you are content that your church dies with you because you love it the way it is, this is not a meeting for you.)
But if you are not content that your church will run out of people, and money, and energy, there are real possibilities for change and we will talk about these honestly and openly. If you are prepared to have courage and vision, if you are prepared to hold to Jesus and let a lot of other things go, then He can use this Circuit to grow His Kingdom and He will bless us. Now is all the time there may be, and this is the time to grasp the opportunities that remain.
* Problems like these which need fixing:
Not enough preachers to fill the plan
Many chapels with small and elderly congregations
Worship that we might like, but no-one else much wants to come to
The same-sex marriage debate
Larger churches with ageing congregations and a dearth of new Christians