Circuit News & Events



A series of practical sessions drawing from the deep wells of
Christian Spiritual Tradition

Tue - 16 Oct 2018        Making Space for Prayer

Tue - 23 Oct 2018        Praying with Everybody

Tue - 13 Nov 2018        Praying with the Bible

Tue - 20 Nov 2018        Praying with the Imagination








Venue:     Tulse Hill Methodist Church
            138 Christ Church Road,  London SW2 3DQ

Time:      7:30 p.m.




The Sisters of St. Andrew’s - 99 Belmont Hill, London SE13 5DN
Saturday - 24 November 2018
10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

LEAD FACILITATOR:                                   Rev. Dr. Andy Lyons
                                                                         Ministers-Staff Team



10:30                 Arrival (Tea & Coffee)

10:45                 Opening Devotions

11:00                 Session 1: Form & Freedom in the Methodist Worship
                         Exploring the shape & pattern of Methodist Worship & the freedoms                                   allowed to the leaders of Worship

12:30 – 1:30      BRING & SHARE LUNCH

1:30                   Session 2: Understanding the Lectionary
                          Exploring how the Lectionary is formed and how it (should/might) shape                              preaching and leading of Worship

3:00 – 3:30        Closing Worship (with a Lectionary shaped sermon)

Rev. Dr. Andy Lyons will be exploring ideas that he pursued in the writing of his 
PhD Thesis – The Changing Shape of Methodist Worship 1958-2010.

Whilst this is aimed at LP&WL, this is also open to all members.

TO BOOK:               Call Shirley @ the Circuit Office 020 8674 4306

DEADLINE:             02 November 2018






"We wanted to take this final opportunity to ‘Thank’ the whole Circuit for the love and care that you have shown us over the past five years.  It has been a time of enrichment and blessing for us.  We have been truly touched by the generosity of your Farewell tributes.  We will continue to hold you all in our thoughts and prayers and wish you continued blessings as you glorify God and do His work in this wonderful Borough of Lambeth."


From: David 




Some of us within the Circuit/Local Churches have been receiving email from the London District via the Circuit Office re:  Filling-up and signing Consent Forms, the same thing goes within our own Circuit.  Formerly we have the Data Protection Act 1998 (c 29) which was a United Kingdom Act of Parliament designed to protect personal data stored on computers or in an organised paper filing system.   

Even though we are in the process of Brexit negotiations we still have to comply with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) which was created on 14 April 2016 (replacing the Data Protection Directive) and implemented 25 May 2018.  It is a legal framework that sets guidelines for the collection and processing of personal information of individuals to make it easier to understand how our data is being used.

Lambeth Circuit stores data of our members electronically and we also produce printed copies of the Preaching Plan, the Circuit Directory, and Newsletter. We publish some information on our Website which at times contain your photos and/or information of details.  In order for us to do this we must comply with the Data Protection Regulations and in some circumstances have your consent to do so.  If you are a member of the Methodist Church we can legally hold some of your data, without your permission, for our own administrative purposes.  (For full details please refer to the guidance notes on the Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes website)

We emailed the District Consent Form (photo on the left) for Circuit Post-holders as well as our own Circuit Consent Form for all Office Holders from each Local Church (photo on the right).  If you are an Office/Post Holder in your Local Church, Local Preacher, Worship Leader etc you  need to fill-up and sign a Circuit Consent Form if you haven’t done so yet.  If you don’t have an email address, please make sure to request for a hard copy of the Circuit Consent Form from our Circuit Office by ringing 020 8674 4306.



As usual we had our Annual Pilgrimage, this year we   visited the historical reality lived by the six Tolpuddle Martyrs, three of which  were Methodist Lay Preachers who stood up against unfairness in their workplace.  Their struggles, sacrifices and legacy are still being remembered through the Annual Festival in their honour at Tolpuddle, attended by trade unionist all over the country.  We also saw the barn where they used to hold their Services and the Chapel.  As Methodist we are proud that three of them were local Lay Preachers and as commented in the Guardian on the Film ‘COMRADES’ “…Loveless's warm and cheery "Welcome lad" makes the popularity of Methodism intelligible (Comrades is excellent PR for the Methodist Church)”.

We didn’t manage to experience the Steam Engine train ride as we ran out of time but some of us managed to soak in the sea under the really warm sun.  Our brothers and sisters at Swanage Methodist Church welcomed and served us with a lovely ‘tea party’ and a very warm fellowship.  We had a good time in the coach with games, singing and quiz time.  If you missed this Pilgrimage make sure you join us next time, next year.




The Tolpuddle Martyrs changed the face of social history and through their beliefs and actions, made such an impact on society.


WHEN:          SATURDAY – 07 JULY 2018


COST:           £30.00 includes Afternoon Tea & Coffee (SMC)

ASSEMBLE:     7:00 a.m. @ BHMC

SWANAGE:     5:15 p.m.

(Lunch will be in Tolpuddle, there’s a sheltered picnic space next to the museum but please make sure you bring your own packed lunch…)







     Steam Engine Ride (Optional)                         Swanage Seaside   

The Tolpuddle Martyrs were a group of agricultural labourers who were tried and transported to Australia for the 'crime' of trying to form a union. Their story is key to the formation of modern trades unionism.      

From the film 'COMRADES' directed by Bill Douglas there was scene where young James Brine walks our of the Anglican Church in disgust at the message of grovelling humility emanating from the pulpit. George Loveless, a Methodist Lay Preacher's warm and cheery "welcome lad" makes the popularity of Methodism intelligible - this film Comrades is an excellent PR for the Methodist Church.




How time flies-by, it seems just yesterday when we welcomed Rev. David & Mrs. Musgrave in our Circuit and now it’s time to say goodbye!  A message of appreciation for tirelessly serving the Lord with joy, compassion and encouragement.  While it is true that you can never please  everybody, yet there are those who received the seeds of love and hope you planted among your flock and wish to thank you for your faithful service and the difference it made in their lives especially the housebound who felt cared for through your visits, prayers, bringing them communion and the newsletter which made them feel connected to their Church family. 

Lambeth Circuit wishes you a Happy Retirement and may our God of Grace and Abundance richly bless you in the next chapter of your life and shower you with good health, peace, joy and inspire you to keep on following His ways! 


This September marks another new beginning, for we will be welcoming our new Minister Rev. Kristin & family to continue their Ministry from Barnsley Methodist Circuit.  It is with love and joy that we welcome Rev. Kristin, Rev. David, Hannah and Aidan.  We welcome her unique spiritual gifts, skills and experiences working with a multi-national and multi-cultural congregation.  Rev. Kristin & Rev. David are members of the West Ohio Conference of the UMC but are now serving in the British Methodist Church as Recognised &  Regarded Ministers (R & R as they are called).  We are looking forward to working with Rev. Kristin and to welcome Rev. David also and their wonderful children.  WELCOME to your new HOME, hoping we will all grow together in faith and love as we serve our loving Father.  



I hope that by now many of you will have met Danielle Young who is our new Youth & Children’s worker.  Well I say “our” but actually Danielle is employed by the Ascension Trust who are the organisation behind Street Pastors and we in the Lambeth Circuit are very privileged to be working in partnership with them on a new and exciting Project.

I recently had the joy of signing our Agreement with Les Isaacs who is the CEO of Ascension Trust.  We are providing premises (Kings Acre) and some funding from the Kings Acre Community Fund.  In return we receive 40% of Danielle’s time.  The other 60% she will be devoting to the community.  It is hoped that in time Danielle will be joined by other Youth Workers and Interns as the Project takes off.

Danielle’s main role will be working with YUW and also with individual Churches to help them develop their work with Children & Young People.  She will have already visited your Church by the time you read this so I hope you made her welcome!

Rev. Andrew Dart
Chair of the 60:40 Project Steering Group



On Saturday - 23rd September, Tulse Hill held its Hymnathon.  As the day approached everyone began wondering why we had agreed to such a mad idea – to sing for 12 hours without interruption – in order to raise money for our organ fund, for the homeless charity Spires, and for the St. Matthew’s Project (a local Youth project in which one of our young members was actively involved until his tragic death in the summer). 

But we needn’t have worried.  The day was a fantastic success.  We were supported by singers and musicians from Brixton Hill, Clapham and Stockwell Methodist Churches, as well as by professional singers and an amazing Steel Pan band.  There was food, a barbeque, face painting – and the sun was shining!










We were even blessed by a visit from the Mayor of Lambeth, Councillor Marcia Cameron (see insert), who joined in the singing and dancing and even had a go at the steel pan drumming.  Everyone at Tulse Hill went home with hoarse voices and happy hearts!


We raised £1200 but there is still time to send us a donation. Our thanks to everyone, for working so hard but especially to Vidal who organized everything so enthusiastically.

Rev. Andrew Dart



As the nights draw in we are reminded again of those who face the cold winter nights without any home to sleep in.   Numbers of rough sleepers continue to increase, particularly in London.  The Robes project has celebrated its tenth year of serving the homeless in Southwark and Lambeth by providing shelter through these winter nights.  For the second year running, the Circuit will be involved with venues at both Lambeth Mission and Mostyn Road: Wednesday nights until mid- January at Lambeth Mission, Friday nights from late January to mid-March at Mostyn Road.

Once again, all kinds of help will be needed, with donations both of money and of food welcome, but also practical help on the nights, helping to prepare meals, provide hospitality and overnight supervision.  If you can help in any of these ways, please contact Rev. David Musgrave for Mostyn Road -

ROBES Night Shelter is currently running at Lambeth Mission & St Mary's since Wednesday - 1st November 2017 to Wednesday - 10th January 2018 and as aforementioned we need volunteers to help set up, welcome the guests, cook dinner, breakfast and help serving the guests. 

For more information on how to volunteer at Lambeth Mission, please contact Alice Achola-Omara - or Rev. Dr. Andy Lyons -  



If you enjoy jazz you can indulge yourself and support Robes by coming to the benefit concert by the South London Jazz Orchestra, at Brixton Hill on Saturday - 2 December at 6:00 p.m.  The orchestra, which is based at Mostyn Road Church, has offered us this concert in gratitude for the hospitality at Mostyn Road.  Half of the profits will go to support the Robes project.  Look out for more information.




Coping with bereavement after the lost of a loved one is difficult and painful that's why it is important that we get the support we need during this heart-breaking/devastating time in our lives.  Our Circuit offers Bereavement Support which started October last year and meets every Saturday from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. at Railton Road Methodist Church (141 Railton Road, London SE24 0LT).  

If you think you need this support or know someone who will will benefit from this, please feel free to contact Rev. Lena Ali on 020 8889 5691 and book an appointment, if you feel you need a session on your own not a group session let her know...