Advent, its name gives us a clue to its meaning. 'Advent' means 'coming'. Whose coming? Well, not Father Christmas'!

Advent has become a time of Christmas preparations — writing cards, buying presents — and often is nothing more than a premature celebration of Christmas itself. Even some churches behave as if the Christmas season finishes on December 25, which is when it actually begins. So what is Advent for? Time for a hard word — 'eschatology' — which means 'the last things'. Advent is about God's purposes, judgement, heaven and hell, death, and the coming of Christ, past, present and future. Heavy or what? No wonder it's more comfortable to focus on Christmas instead! Read more.

The Gospel is the good news that God is restoring our broken lives through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Whether you are looking for a new church home, or are in a time of personal crisis, we hope this video will speak to you. Do you have questions about Jesus or would like to know more about our churches then we would love to connect with you. Just email us your questions.

The Circuit, one Church 11 locations, two Primary Schools, located in and around Leigh. On our website you can find information about the churches themselves, details of our worship services, along with news of our activities. Our noticeboard and diary inform you of forthcoming events, and here you will find various articles that may be of interest to you. Whether it's your first time visiting a church or you've been attending your whole life, you can take steps to grow in the Leigh and Hindley Methodist Circuit.

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Prayer of the day

O consuming fire, O Spirit of love, descend into our hearts and there transform us until we are fire of your fire, love of your love, and Christ himself is formed within us. Amen.

Elizabeth of Schönau (1129-1164)

Loving Lord, give us the courage to reach out in new ways with the good news of your love.
As we travel in new directions, help us to be always alert to the prompting of your Spirit, always aware of your presence and open to the needs of those we encounter on the way.
As we seek to be witnesses to your love, help us to be a blessing to all those that we meet on our journeying. Amen.

Richard Hall, Isle of Man District Chair

Daily Bible Study

Matthew 11:2-11

'And blessed is anyone who takes no offence at me.' (v. 6)