Forest Methodist Circuit - Company Message

Here is a pastoral letter from Rev Hilary Cheng, a Minister in the Forest Circuit:

Dear Friends,

Do you find that in lockdown the days all feel the same? I have to remind myself which day it is on a daily basis so that I remember what I am supposed to be doing!  Saturdays and Sundays can also blend into the weekdays, unless we mark them out as special.

There is a Bank Holiday coming up on Monday 25 May, so don’t be taken by surprise. This week also has a special day in it.  Thursday 21 May was Ascension Day, the day when we remember Jesus took his disciples to a hilltop where he told them he was leaving them and  to wait for power to come upon them.   A cloud passed by and Jesus was taken up into heaven.  It’s hard to imagine isn’t it? 

Many years ago, I went to a Flower Festival where the theme was the seasons of the church year.  I was taken by the arrangement that had been created depicting the ascension.  The flowers on the altar were white, and a piece of net curtain or voile had been used to take the eyes up to the rafters of the church.  It was a dramatic arrangement and gave me lots to think about.

This week is also Mental Health week.  Inevitably, many people with mental health issues are struggling at this time.  Regular social contact with coffee morning groups, day care centres, and initiatives provided by Health care Centres, have largely stopped, due to the pandemic, leaving mental health sufferers without their usual structure in place offering help and support. Please remember those who are finding life difficult in your prayers

Eight weeks into lockdown, it may be hard to find things to do to keep you occupied.  The jigsaws may all have been completed. Your garden may look immaculate.  You may have tried a number of new recipes, been for several walks, and still you have time to fill.  Don’t forget to thank God for his provision, and for the good things we receive day by day.  There are many websites on the internet providing a thought for the day.  If you don’t have access to technology, read a chapter or two of the Bible.  Luke’s gospel is a good place to start, and then read on into the Acts of the Apostles, also written by Luke, and the sequel to the gospel.

We have the benefit of beautiful weather, so if you can, appreciate the beauty of nature, the unrivalled birdsong that fills the air and the clarity of the skies.  They are all little things but each may bring gladness to your heart.

Stay blessed, keep well, and may God be with you,


Here is a poem to think on:

South Chingford Methodist Church
Empty stands the church and silent,
Windows closed and doors secured
Walk completely round the building
All in order, rest assured.
But surely there’s something missing
No congregation, we’re not there
There’s no organ playing. There’s no singing
                        Not surprising, no one’s there.
There’s no one to bid us welcome
There’s no one to lead our prayers.
There’s no one to read the Bible
                        No communion, you’re not there.
Wait awhile in meditation
                        Can you hear the angels’ singing?
Can you feel a Holy presence
                        Dispelling fear and calmness bringing?
Bow your head in contemplation
                        Have no worries, someone’s near
This is your Emmaus journey
                        Hallelujah,HE IS HERE !
                            Leslie Stowe May 2020 

Thank you for visiting the website. We hope that you will find these pages useful and we warmly invite you to join us for worship at any of our churches. Each of our churches works to make the love of God known and to share the Good News of the Gospel through worship and witness and through the work the members do within their local communities. 

Forest Circuit Leadership Team, ministers and lay representatives are jointly responsible for overseeing the life and work of the Methodist churches under the team ministry. In Forest Circuit we have twelve churches across the London Borough of Waltham Forest, Wanstead and Loughton. 

The churches in Forest Circuit exist to proclaim the Gospel of Christ by helping people to find and follow Jesus in an ever-changing world.  Our aim is to be a Christ-centred welcoming Circuit, reaching out to the community, encouraging followers of Christ and demonstrating God’s love in such a way that others cannot ignore it. 

In Forest Methodist Circuit through the hiring out of our premises we aim to help create a sense of community in the neighbourhoods where people live and work. We hope that an increased sense of community will lead to more personal involvement and more cultural, educational and social activities, which will create a better community and a better place for us to live: communities where the presence of God can more clearly be seen. 

If you would like to contact our Circuit Office for more information, please call the Circuit Administrator on 020 8558 7645 or email us on

Join the daily Morning Prayer service at 10.00am, Monday to Saturday inclusive. It is broadcast live from Wesley's Chapel, led by Superintendent Minister Rev Jennifer Smith and Rev Keith Riglin (wife and husband!).

Sunday services are at 9.45am and 11.00am.

All at the following website:

Birmingham District of Methodist Church:
The Birmingham District will be broadcasting a worship service at 10:30am on Sunday morning via Facebook Live and it will also be available on the District Website:

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