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The Superintendent Minister's Message

Welcome to the website of the Hastings, Bexhill and Rye Methodist Circuit

We are a diverse Circuit with large town Churches and small country Chapels. Our Churches have a wide variety of activities. At all of them you can be assured of a warm welcome.

This is an exciting place to be. Battle are moving forward with their building project which is an exciting development as they launch out in faith to develop their witness on a new site. The town centre Churches in Hastings and St Leonards are talking about what mission and ministry means to them. Our country Chapels are looking at their future and making their premises accommodating for their mission to their communities. One had its foundation stone laid by Rev William and Mrs Booth before they founded the Salvation Army.

We have some significant youth work going on in various places. A ‘Thinking Outside The Box’ group meets regularly and in some of our Churches we have ‘Messy Church’. Some of our Churches have art groups and musical events. There are housegroups and prayer groups. We have an active Methodist Women in Britain group. Our Churches are involved ecumenically. And people from some of our Churches are involved in and support nationally known Christian Healing Centre locally.

As well as our Churches we have two Methodist Residential Homes, a Methodist County Primary School and a World Methodist Heritage Site where John Wesley preached his last Open Air Sermon. As a Circuit we seek to encourage Fairtrade. Life here is never dull and often quite exciting. You can read more of it in our magazine or calendar. You can always be assured of a warm welcome. Above all we trust that our communities are places where you can find the Lord himself, discover life being enriched and perhaps too that you have something to offer. Whether as a visitor to the area or an explorer in faith why not come along and see us.

Hastings, Bexhill and Rye Circuit Prayer for 2017-18

Transforming God, seen in Jesus, we pray for our Circuit as we worship and work together to build your Kingdom in our communities.

May we be faithful to your call on us.

Help us to give thanks for all your blessings on us and signs of growth around us.

Help us to read your word and reflect on it together.

Help us to take time to pray together.

Help us to keep silence, to listen for your guidance every day.

Help us to act where we can make a difference.

May we know Jesus better and enable others to know him too.


Ian Pruden
Superintendent Minister