Welcome to the Farnworth & Worsley Circuit website.
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The Farnworth & Worsley Circuit is made up of 9 worship centres (churches) and 2 schools which are Methodist supported. We are situated in the city of Salford and town of Bolton on the junctions of the M60/61/62. The area was traditionally a mix of coal mining and cotton mill communities and has a mix of modern and traditional housing estates around a cluster of towns.
The circuit has a membership of over 630 which is ecumenical having United Reformed Church, Anglican and LEP congregations. It is served by 4 ministers, the Superintendent Minister Reverend Stephen Radford, Methodist minister Reverend Darren Garfield, United Reformed Church minister Reverend Philip Brooks and Anglican minister Reverend Bob Horrocks (rector) along with 4 lay workers, the administrator Mrs Jeanette Roberts-Fox, the community worker Mrs Sally Cooper, the youth work coordinator Mrs Grace Thomas and the Community Centre and Cafe Manager at Cleggs Lane Mrs Christine Thiao; who together with 3 circuit stewards make up the Leadership team. We work in a collaborative, lively and challenging way taking all that is best from the denominations and actively sharing a living faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. Our circuit vision is ‘They shall mount up on wings as eagles’ taken from Isaiah 40v31a.
The circuit is focused on discipleship both making and growing disciples of Jesus. The circuit youth work is called ‘UNITE’ and involves regular weekly events for our young people (ages 11-18) as well as in school and after school clubs at 5 schools. We are proud of our connections with St Andrew’s Methodist Primary School in Walkden (OFSTED – ‘Outstanding) and Boothstown Methodist Primary School (OFSTED – ‘Good’ with outstanding features). We also have active links with Mytham Primary School (Little Lever), North Walkden Primary School (North Walkden) and Spindle Point Primary School (Kearsley). Our youth workers work in those schools for a day each week to support the schools, the children and to be an active Christian witness. The ministers regularly lead assemblies with the youth worker. We also run one week summer holiday clubs at(various locations throughout the circuit and weekly children’s activities such as Ignite, Alight and Unite Youth. Our young people enjoy a weekend away of fun, fellowship, worship and teaching each year.
Our community work covers the circuit with many meals/ lunch time events for the older generation including Boothstown and Walkden (Mondays); our community centre is based at Cleggs Lane and led by Mrs Pat Culpan which includes a community café, Foodbank Men’s Health group, gardening group, interaction with Dukesgate Primary School and a Thursday morning fellowship and bible study.
We are proud of our community cohesion work in Bolton ably led by Reverend Philip Brooks who also works as part of an interfaith group who works hard to overcome mistrust and negative effects of Nationalist groups.