The Great 50 Days 2018

THE GREAT 50 DAYS 2018 – Easter Sunday, 1st April to Pentecost, 20th May

The Great 50 Days booklet will soon be available in the chapels across the circuit and will contain daily reflections, testimony and prayer for each of the 50 days.  This year’s theme is ‘A Life of Mission’.

Readers can choose to receive the daily reflections by email, sign up following this link

Another way to engage with the Great 50 Days is via their Facebook page found here.

Watch out for details regarding a Circuit weekly course to cover the 50 days period.


Great 50 Days 2017 Study Series

Great 50 Days 2017

The Great 50 Days begins on Easter Sunday and runs through to Pentecost, recalling the events of that time after Jesus’ resurrection and Ascension to the coming of the Holy Spirit on the believers gathered.

Building on the success and feedback of 2016’s Great 50 Days book, this year there are new daily reflections on the theme “Following Jesus”, carefully written by 50 different people from across the North East and these have been compiled into a brand new resource book for 2017.  To further help us in exploring what it means to Follow Jesus there are personal stories and weekly group resources too.

The books are now available in the chapels, so make sure you pick up your copy by Easter Sunday.

To accompany the above book, the Circuit are holding a 7 week study series on Thursday 20th April, meeting every Thursday after at 7.30pm at Saltburn Methodist Church.  They will be times of Bible study, discussion and reflection as we explore what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ today in our communities.

Meetings will be on: 20th & 27th April; 4th, 11, 18th & 25th May; and 1st June 2017.

You are very welcome to come along for this opportunity to learn, share and grow together as a Circuit but also as disciples of Jesus.

UPDATE – Circuit Love Gift for Haiti 2017


Revd Arthur Harbottle returned from his visit to Haiti in February having been able to take with him a donation of £3050 from donations across the Circuit.  The money will go towards the work needed following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew last month. There is so much ongoing work to be done including the distribution of food parcels, water purification, building work etc.

Thank you to all who contributed in some way towards that amount.


Circuit Welcome Service – Revd Helena Harbottle

On Sunday 4th September 2016 we will be welcoming the Revd Helena Harbottle to the Cleveland and Danby Methodist Circuit.

Revd Helena will be the minister for the Saltburn section covering the communities of Saltburn, Skelton, Brotton and Skinningrove.

You are invited to join us for a special service of welcome at Saltburn Methodist Church on Sunday 4th September at 3.00pm, a chance for us all to get to know Helena and make her feel at home here.  The service will be led by Revd Ruth Gee (Chair of Darlington Methodist District) and Revd John Henry (Superintendent of the Circuit).  It will be followed by refreshments.

Please pray for Revd Helena and her husband Revd Arthur (minister for the Redcar section in the Circuit) that they will soon settle into their new home.  Also that Helena & Arthur would continue to follow God’s guidance in the work here.

President’s Visit to the Circuit

It was a joy and a privilege to welcome Rev Steven Wild – President of the British Methodist Conference – to join us at Guisborough this morning to lead a special Circuit United Service.

We enjoyed a wonderful time of worship in which Clarence the Frog spoke to our children about the great banquet.

Steven then spoke about evangelism and sharing the Gospel message.

If you were not able to join us, then please go to Guisborough Methodist’s website where you will be able to listen to the sermon.  Please click here to listen.

Circuit Farewell Service – Rev. Isabel Stuart

On Sunday 9th August, the Cleveland & Danby Methodist Circuit will be bidding the Rev Isabel Stuart a fond farewell as she continues her ministry into retirement in Guisborough.

It will be a special celebration and thanksgiving service providing us with the opportunity to thank God and Isabel for her faithful ministry in the Circuit for the last 7 years.

The service will be at Guisborough Methodist Church at 3.00pm followed by a light supper.

We pray that Isabel will have a long and blessed retirement, continuing to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We also pray that God will bless her richly in all that He has in store for her in this fresh chapter of her life, whatever and wherever that may be.

Thank you and God bless you Isabel!

50 years of service to Methodism in East Cleveland

Earlier this year, Skelton Methodist Community Church welcomed the Revd Ruth Gee (Chair of Cleveland and Danby Circuit) to conduct their morning service. During the service Revd Gee presented a Certificate to Mr Bob Brunger to mark his forthcoming fifty years of unbroken service to the Methodist community as a Local Preacher.

Like so many others during the 1950s, Bob found his way into the Methodist Church via Sunday School and Youth Club. His early days were with the old Zion Chapel at Carlin How. He was, he says, drawn by the inspiration and dedication of the teachers and leaders; “though the young ladies were an added attraction!” This was confirmed some years later when he married Margaret, another teenage member.

His ‘Call to Preach’ can be traced back to the mid 50’s; at first it was simply an invitation to announce hymns and read lessons at Sunday Services. He recalls rather embarrassing week-day rehearsals, on public display, in the car showroom of the former Stonehouse’s Garage. After a combination of practical experience in the local chapels, followed by the required study course (conducted by correspondence), he passed his examination and became fully accredited in March 1965.

Bob says he has lost count of the number of sermons preached but it must be well over a thousand. He still conducts the occasional service today but is also fully involved in helping to establish the relocated Methodist Church on Castle Grange, Skelton Green.

Bob Brunger - 50 Years to Methodism

Revd Grace Seymour (1951-2014)

Today we regret to announce the death of Revd Grace Seymour on Tuesday last, 2nd Dec, following her long battle with ill health.

The funeral arrangements are:
Service of Committal at Kirkleatham Crematorium at 12 noon on Wednesday 10th December
 followed by a Service of Thanksgiving at Saltburn Methodist Church at 12.45 pm.

The Revd Isabel Stuart, who will be paying tribute to Grace’s Ministry in the Circuit, has asked that if anyone has any particular memory of Grace and her work amongst us, to let her have the details by phone or email as soon as possible.

In the mean time we ask you to continue to hold Grace’s family, Christopher and Susannah (her children), Dorothy (her mother) & Peter, John and Lois (her siblings) in your thoughts and prayers.

The Role of the District Chair

The Methodist Church is seeking the views of the ‘people in the pews’ about the role of the District Chair as part of a wider consultation taking place called ‘Larger Than Circuit.’

The ‘Larger than Circuit’ report to the 2013 Methodist Conference (download the report here – download starts immediately) noted that any changes to districts would have an impact on the role of the district chair. A small working party was established to consult widely and report back on the role of the district chair.

The group has already consulted with district chairs, the Methodist Diaconal Order and superintendents among others, but they’d like to hear from as many Methodists as possible.

Please let them know your thoughts by completing this online survey (link opens in a new window) before Thursday 18th September 2014 at 3.00pm.

Circuit Farewell Service – Rev. Chris Eddy


On Sunday 27th July, the Circuit will be saying a fond farewell to our Superintendent minister, Rev. Chris Eddy, as he leaves us to start a new ministry down in Oxfordshire.

We will be having a special celebration service to say a big thank you to him for his faithful ministry here in the Cleveland and Danby Circuit, and for his leadership.

The service will be at 3.00pm at Saltburn Methodist Church on Milton Street, Saltburn.

We pray that God will bless Chris richly in his retirement, that he will take a well earned rest and that he will continue to preach the Gospel and God’s love down in Oxfordshire.

God bless you Chris!