Wiltshire United Area
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Wiltshire is a totally United Methodist/URC Area, a Local Ecumenical Project (LEP) in itself. The Area has now been in existence for some 30 years. We understand that it is one of only three such United Areas in the UK. It covers a mixed urban/rural area of Wiltshire and includes the expanding towns of Trowbridge, Warminster, Westbury, Devizes, Calne , Corsham, Bradford-on-Avon and Melksham, together with the surrounding villages of Whitley, Winsley, Bromham, Semmington, Seend, Steeple Ashton, Market Lavington, Monks Chapel, Holt and Hilperton.
The question of Methodist and United Reformed Churches working closer together, beyond local church unions, had been raised in the Trowbridge area of Wiltshire during the 1970's. It was not until November 1979 however that a meeting was convened in Trowbridge, of representatives from the Methodist and United Reformed Churches in the area of the Trowbridge and Bradford-on-Avon Circuit - together with representatives of the South-Western Province of the United Reformed Church and the Bristol Methodist District -to consider how this idea might be implemented.
At the same time, a similar question had been raised for the area of Melksham, Corsham, Devizes and Calne (Mid-Wilts) and observers came to the meeting at Trowbridge. The constitution created at that time can be seen by clicking the link in the index.
In 2008 a major re-organisation of the Methodist Churches and Circuits in the Bristol District created larger circuits and in Wiltshire the move was initiated to combine the two adjacent United Areas of West Wiltshire and Mid-Wiltshire, to be re-named THE WILTSHIRE UNITED AREA. Following much prayerful considerations, the new Area came into being on 1st September 2009. An inaugural service was held at Trowbridge United Church on Sunday 6th September, 2009.
We are committed to:-
worshipping God in meaningful ways
drawing upon the power of prayer
recognising, receiving and sharing the love of God
encouraging Church growth in town and village churches
developing ecumenical links
reaching out to the wider community
seeking to meet the needs of all age groups
Lay Leadership and Ministry Survey
The Area is undertaking a survey of present Lay Ministry and Leadership within each of its churches as part of its ongoing work on ministry and leadership across the Area. The churches have all been provided with copies of the survey to use and it also being made available for download here. The survey is in the form of Bible study that encourages them to record present ministry and leadership in their local church, their perceived weaknesses in ministry and leadership, and invites them to begin to identify how they might develop their leadership and ministry.
Click Here for the United Area safeguarding policy, revised February 2015.
These are the contact details for the new Methodist District Safeguarding Officer:
Kevin Maidment, District Safeguarding Officer
Bristol District of the Methodist Church
Tel. 07925 894649
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