CIRCUIT  (23/9)
03 April 2015

Welcome to our Circuit . . .

The Circuit Leadership Team and members of the fellowships that compose this Methodist Circuit invite you to browse through the pages of this Internet site and discover more about the people, churches, witness and ministries of the Leicester West Methodist Circuit.

Our mission, first and foremost, is to declare that Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour of all, most especially of those who would receive Him by faith, and who receive by His grace full forgiveness of sin and the promise of eternal life.

Services held in all of our churches are controlled via the Circuit Plan which holds the full details of the times of worship for each individual church, plus which Minister or Local Preacher is appointed to lead worship.  The Circuit Plan covers a period of three months in the life of our Methodist circuit of churches and is a vital instrument in supporting our congregations, who in turn form the living body of Christ here in the Leicester area (along with all our brothers and sisters in the other Christian churches of the area).
••• Thought For The Month •••
April 2015
To All God's people in the Leicester West Circuit
• A letter from our Minister Revd Robert J Kasema •

"The Leicester West Circuit exists to increase awareness of God's transforming presence by encouraging and enabling local churches to share their faith through mission-minded witness and service within their communities.  We do this by placing prayer at the centre of all we seek to be and do, and by supporting and equipping people in growing their faith to become committed followers of Christ."

The concept of a "Circuit" was introduced by John Wesley in the early days of Methodism

as a means of grouping Churches so that their spiritual and administrative needs

could be attended to on a rational basis and that they could derive mutual Support.   

This is still the purpose of the Circuit.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I am sure you will agree that the month of April, especially this year is special to us. At the beginning of this month we celebrate Easter.

Easter is the Christian festival of the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord. The bodily resurrection of Jesus, misconceived by some, disputed and dismissed as mere myth by others is the bedrock of our faith.  It was a major theme for the thriving and victorious early Church in the book of Acts, shouldn't it be our theme?

Let me draw your attention to the thoughts of the Apostle Paul in his letter to the church which was at Corinth, "And if Christ has not been raised your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.  Then those who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost.  If only in this life we have hope in Christ, we are to pitied more than all men.  But Christ has been raised from dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep." The ­resurrection of Jesus is the proof, receipt of the forgiveness of our sins and the validity of our faith and the assurance of the good and blessed life beyond the present life for everyone who believes.  Jesus rose triumphant over sin, death and spiritual enemies.  His resurrection is our assurance of victory and success in mission and ministry.

The resurrection of Jesus is God's public declaration of His uniqueness and the manifestation of God's mighty power as Paul writes concerning Jesus, "...declared with power to be the Son of God, by His resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord."Romans 1:4

The resurrection of Jesus is not meant to be a mere historical event but a living reality for Christians of all generations including ours today in the 21st century.  Maybe Apostle Paul only had the Christians at Ephesus in his mind when he prayed, "I..  pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God's power (available) for us who believe Him.  This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honour at God's right hand in the heavenly realms ...far above any ruler or authority or power ...not only in this world but also in the world to come" Ephesians 1:19­-21, another translation says, "to us­-word who believe".  But God wants all believers to see and grab hold of this truth, and to use it.

With God on our side, the risen Lord and His mighty power working in our favour we shall overcome and rise above every challenge in our path.

 Easter blessings,

       With love

Rev Robert J Kasema