What a celebration indeed ……..



Yesterday’s launch of the Burnley and Pendle Methodist Heritage trail was an amazing event. Sixty-seven people, of all ages and from across the Circuit and beyond (Preston and Haslingden) joined in the 4 mile circular walk across the fields from Higherford to Roughlee. There were two stops along the way for worship – one in a field overlooking Roughlee where Richard Hoyle shared an extract from John Wesley’s journal on his visit to this area in 1748 and the second one on the site of the previous Wesleyan Chapel in Roughlee where Revd Keith Richardson led the singing of the hymn written by Charles Wesley ‘And can it be that I should gain’. As we left the second location we were thanked by the local residents for our singing!

Everyone managed to return to Higherford, including the well behaved dogs. The ladies at Higherford church certainly did us proud with the delicious afternoon tea which over 100 people joined in and nearly £200 was raised. There was a Circuit information stall hosting details of forthcoming events and products to support churches in outreach and prayer plus a Christian book stall. It was good to see people gathering together as we come out of the pandemic restrictions. The event ended with a short meaningful worship on ‘Jesus: the Way, the Truth and the Life’ led by the Revd Paul Davis, Chair of the Lancashire District and the prayers were led by the Circuit’s new Superintendent, Revd Rick Ormrod who starts this week.

Many thanks to everyone who supported this circuit event and don’t forget:

- to visit the Circuit website later this week and in the following few months as more information on the trail is release

- a second heritage walk is being planned for next spring and a third one for June 2022 so keep an eye out for details in the Circuit newsletter.




Every blessing

The Circuit Heritage Group