Welcome to Market Harborough Methodist Church Website. We hope you enjoy your time with us, whether as a one-time visitor or life-long member. We’ve tried to put together as much useful information as possible here to help explain what goes on at the church and what we’re about, and we hope you’ll always feel able to come along and be part of it when you can. There’s always more to learn and discover, so please don’t hesitate to ask any questions (and we’ll try to give helpful answers!). Above all, everyone is welcome and we hope that everyone who comes here will feel at home.
The Market Harborough Methodist Circuit is a circuit of four churches in the Northampton District of The Methodist Church (23/20). It is in the south-west of Leicestershire and partly in Northamptonshire. There is one appointed Minister and seven retired (supernumerary) ministers. The Circuit membership is currently 179.
Within our Circuit lies Gartree Prison, with which we have a close and long-standing association of care and pastoral ministry, undertaken now by one of our supernumerary ministers and several lay volunteers.
In late 2018 we carried out a survey of our members and congregations to create a snapshot of how the people in our churches are responding to the challenges of living responsibly in God’s world. The results of this survey are available here: Eco Survey 2018 Results.
The Circuit Churches
For more information on the specific churches please click the church name in the top navigation menu, or click on the church image below.
The Safeguarding of everyone (especially children and vulnerable adults) is of paramount importance to the whole Methodist Church. We emphasise that Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. To help us do this properly and thoroughly, we have regular training for those who lead groups and activities, we are diligent about official checks, and we have appointed Safeguarding officers who can be contacted at any time (as well as the Minister):
- Circuit & Harborough:
- Maggie and Neil Hadkiss, Tel: 01858 431665
- Christine Hodgson, Tel: 01858 467666
- Ruth Watson, Tel. 01604 740845
- Jo Elliott, Tel. 0116 279 2803
For our Circuit Safeguarding policy, please see Market Harborough Circuit Safeguarding Policy 2018.
The Circuit is situated at the southern tip of Leicestershire and spreads over into Northamptonshire across the A14. It stretches from Kibworth to the North-west in the direction of Leicester, south to Naseby in Northamptonshire and west to Husbands Bosworth in the direction of Lutterworth. HMP Gartree is within the circuit and a mere 2 1/2 miles north of Harborough. The churches in the circuit are within the Leicestershire Registration District except Naseby which is in the Northamptonshire District.
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The Ambassador is the Circuit quarterly News magazine. It consists of contributions sent in from people across the Circuit. If you have an article you'd like to contribute or an event you'd like announced, please email your contribution to mhambassador at gmail.com. You can view the latest edition here: The Ambassador.
The Circuit is the primary unit in which the churches relate together and support each other in the worship and service of God in the local churches and in His mission to the local community and the wider world.
We share common resources of Minister, Circuit Stewards, Local Preachers and other Circuit Officers, Church Buildings, Manse and finances, to enable us to fulfil what we believe are our God-given aims, which are to support and encourage one another for growth in God, in the making of disciples and the influencing of the society in which we live.
We aim to be:
- A people growing in the love of God.
- A resource for good in the community.
We aim to do this by:
- Living in faith and obedience to God's Word.
- Living in the power of the Holy Spirit.
- Living lives that show love.
- Living to show the attractiveness of Jesus.
Activities & Events
Please see the Circuit Activities & Events page for the circuit plan and a list of forthcoming events.
For the circuit staff please see the Circuit Staff.