Forest Methodist Circuit - Company Message
Circuit News & Events

Cafe and Welcome Area Manager needed at Loughton Methodist Church
The closing date for applications is midnight 20 September 2020.

Interviews will be held on 1 October 2020.

Please view the link below for more information:

Winter Soup Kitchen:
Food Rescue and Redistribution at Leytonstone Methodist Church

Since February 2019 Leytonstone Methodist Church has been hosting Transition Leytonstone's Community Fridge Project. Sacks of bakery and morning goods donated by local branches of Gail's Bakery, Tescos, Salisbury's and Today Bread, are set out on a stall next to the church every Friday/Saturday/Sunday from noon until 3 pm (or earlier, if the food runs out). Anyone and everyone is welcome to take what they need, with help and advice from the knowledgeable volunteers. This is not a food bank, but a waste reduction project, which at the same time helps people access food that they would perhaps struggle to afford. Approximately 60 people use the stall every day: mums, dad with children, toddlers, and babies, churchgoers, cake 'addicts', pensioners, teachers, jobless folk, rough sleepers, and of course least but not least, the charities and churches who cook for them.

To give you an idea of the scale of this operation, on Sunday, March 17th 2019, the stall had received a record 84 kgs (185 lbs) of bakery. All of it went before 3pm, with help from Cann Hall Mosque, the Leytonstone United Free Church, and the Salvation Army, all of which cook for the homeless and/or run night shelters. No further proof needed that we are a strong community and getting stronger all the time!

Diana Korchien
Project Lead, Community Fridge and Best Before
Transition Leytonstone

Review of Safeguarding course on Spiritual Abuse, 2 November 2019

This course was run by Dr Lisa Oakley, who is the Chair of the Church of England task and Finish Group on Spiritual Abuse. The venue was Loughton Methodist Church who made everybody most welcome, especially at lunch time. 

The course was devised particularly for those in Preaching positions and others in positions of authority. Almost a hundred people attended which was an impressive turnout.

Lisa Oakley gave two presentations and after each one there were group discussions on the points raised and then the groups reported back. 

For the reviewer, two closing comments from Dr Oakley which stick in the memory were:
i). that if people were nicer to one another then it would make everyone's lives better and 
ii). somebody's naturally abrasive style was unacceptable.

Thanks are due to all those who organised the day particularly Dr Oakley, Malcolm Bell (Circuit Safeguarding Officer) and members of Loughton Methodist Church. With apologies to any I have left out. 

Peter Richardson 

Good news: a new defibrillator
Rev Hilary Cheng, the Minister of Winchester Road Methodist Church is pleased to announce that the members have recently installed a defibrillator on the external church wall, for the use of the church and the community. 

She says that as a church at the centre of the community, it feels as if we are the heartbeat of Highams Park.

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