You may well be aware that there have been discussions in open meetings, Church Councils and Circuit Meetings about the possibility of our Circuit merging with another or other Circuits. I have written a paper, which has been sent to your Church Steward, on this subject to say why I think now is the time for us to seek a merger. Please ask your Steward for a copy. A vote on whether to enter formal discussions with the South West Worcestershire and Mid-Warwickshire Circuits will be taken at the Circuit Meeting on 13 March. Any views you hold on this decision can be shared with your Circuit Meeting representatives. For the most part a Circuit merger does not impinge greatly on church members but is a way of Methodism facing up to current and expected future resources so that the Circuit can continue to resource mission.
I'd like to encourage you to attend or send representatives for your church to the ReImagine Conference at Carrs Lane Methodist Church on 10 March from 9.30 am-4pm. This event is free, but booking is required at e-mail or telephone 0121 449 0131. I attended the event last year and found it informative and inspiring and came back with ideas that to use. This conference is to help us to be church in the 21st century and has a wide range of speakers and workshop leaders.
The plan was more difficult to make this quarter as we had significantly fewer offers to lead worship than normal. Therefore, some of you will have more united services, OAs or visiting preachers than on previous plans.