Falmouth & Gwennap Methodist Circuit

Our mission statement

The Falmouth & Gwennap Circuit: existing to identify where God is at work, and to join in.

Some information about us

The Circuit comprises congregations in various communities, meeting in chapel buildings, community halls, and Langholme MHA.

Each church has a Church Council, and members, friends and volunteers who worship and serve in their local church and community. Churches are encouraged to work together with other churches and the community.

Our Ministry Team comprises the Superintendent Minister, another Minister and two Supernumerary Ministers. The Circuit Meeting comprises dedicated staff and elected members, working together to enable the work of God throughout our Circuit, churches and communities, seeking to lead, inspire and support our congregations in mission and ministry.

Our purpose

The calling of the Methodist Church is to respond to the gospel of God's love in Christ and to live out its discipleship in worship and mission. The Methodist Church continues to discern how to live out its calling in a changed and changing world. The ministry of the Church is exercised as Christians together respond to God’s call and discover and use the gifts which the Holy Spirit has given them. In the church we help each other recognise and celebrate our gifts, discern and fulfil our calling, and resource and sustain our witness in a range of different contexts.

In the Falmouth and Gwennap Circuit, we aim:

  • To practice worship which honours God.
  • To tell the good news of Jesus Christ, and to enable people to share their faith stories.
  • To encourage discipleship, fellowship and learning in congregations and small groups.
  • To care for God’s creation – we are working to become an Eco Circuit.
  • To empower and support ministers and lay people in their gifts and ministry.
  • To practice good financial stewardship, with a vision for growth and sustainability.
  • To engage in activities which speak of God.

[Jesus said,] "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."

Matthew 7:13-14

Thoughts on Today's Verse...

Decades ago, Juan Carlos Ortiz criticized European and American evangelists for offering a carrot stick gospel — a gospel that focused on our personal payoff for following Jesus, not Jesus's lordship over every area of our lives. Jesus, especially in Matthew 7, reminds us that grace does not dismiss discipleship, and mercy does not release us from our need to repent genuinely. Genuine repentance is NOT feeling bad about our sin — that is godly sorrow that should lead to repentance (2 Corinthians 7:9-11). Repentance means changing how we live our lives and choosing to live for Jesus. We joyously accept the grace God gives to us in Jesus and truly let Jesus be LORD of our lives. It's not an "either-or" proposition but a "both-and" call from God. We receive grace and obediently follow Jesus as LORD. We obey and serve God because he has adopted and brought us into his family. Our motivation to do good things is not to earn our salvation but to thank and honor God, who has been so good to us and saved us at great cost by his mercy and grace (Ephesians 2:8-10).

My Prayer...

Almighty God, holy and awesome in your majesty and might, I know I will never be worthy of your grace. I know that my flesh can easily be lured away from the path of discipleship. So, Father, I need the Spirit to help me as I strive to follow Jesus and live obediently to him. In his name, I pray. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@verseoftheday.com.
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