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You’ve just stumbled across one of the best-kept secrets of the Christian church! The Methodist tradition in Britain has a quarter of a million members and is part of a world-wide ‘family’ of seventy million. From its origins in the eighteenth century it has promoted a disciplined way of following Jesus, an emphasis on community and a concern for the wider world. Local churches are grouped into ‘Circuits’ – and this is the website of the Enfield Circuit, eleven churches in Enfield Borough in North East London.
Methodism offers a thoughtful and lively way of faith, rooted in a particular tradition but flowering in all kinds of different ways to enable people to encounter and live out the good news of Jesus.
The Methodist Church in Great Britain is still organised in a methodical way using many of the structures introduced by its founder, John Wesley.
However, the Church is quite pragmatic, and is willing to make changes where they seem desirable. Structures are there to enable decision making that takes account of all concerns and views within the Church. No one is given supreme authority – consultation is vital. At the same time, churches cannot simply arrange their own affairs, but have some shared disciplines and ways of working.
The circuit: A circuit is a group of local churches, served by a team of local preachers and ministers including the superintendent minister.
The district: The district serves a geographical group of circuits and is led by the district chair.
The Conference: The annual Methodist Conference meets in different places and is the supreme decision making body of the Church. Annually at the Conference a new President and Vice-President are appointed to preside over that Conference and spend the year travelling around the Connexion, and abroad representing the Methodist Church.
Find out more through this website, or through a local church.