Our Heritage

Our circuit came into being on 1 September 2009 bringing together 18 churches from the former Shipley & Bingley Circuit, Bradford West Circuit and the Bradford Woodhouse Grove Circuit. A Celebration of New Beginnings was held in Bradford Cathedral. 

Then and now, we are blessed to know that amidst all the uncertainty of the journey ahead, we are part of God’s Kingdom, here and now in Bradford; surrounded by God’s love in and through those around us.

DateEvent
1 September 2021Rev Nick Blundell stepped down as Circuit Superintendent, and Rev Phil Drake commenced appointment as Circuit Superintendent.
2 August 2021We were deeply saddened to learn that Rev Andrew Taylor passed away peacefully in James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire.
1 August 2021The Church Family at Wrose Methodist Church celebrated its final service of worship having previously made the very difficult decision to cease to meet. After the challenges of a lengthy lockdown due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, we give thanks that friends were able to come together for this bitter sweet moment. Our prayers are with them as they seek a new spiritual home.
4 July 2021We started using the first Sunday in each month to prepare ourselves for the COP26 conference about the Climate Crisis. In these five services, we used materials produced by Methodist young people from around the World.
6 June 2021Parables for Bradford – an eleven-part worship series.
11 April 2021The Stay alive in the Spirit worship series commenced.
3 January 2021A seven-week worship series The Christian Way commenced.
6 September 2020A seven-week Jesus Shaped People series commenced.
5 September 2020Welcome Service for Deacon Merry Evans, who joined our Circuit Team on a half-time basis. Our district Chair, Kerry Tankard, preached, and Phil Drake interviewed Merry by way of introduction. The service was held via Zoom.
14 June 2020The statement on racism was issued.
20 March 2020The UK went into lockdown for Covid-19 and A Season to Flourish took the most unanticipated turn when Celebrating our Creativity came to the fore. Weekly service sheets were distributed, Rev Christine recorded the Circuit’s first podcast meditations and created a Spirituality section on our website, Rev Nick recorded his first service on YouTube and Rev Phil created reflective picture posts.
6 March 2020John Wilson, Pastoral Co-ordinator retired – tea and worship at St Andrew’s.
August 2019A Season to Flourish – The circuit accepted an invitation to a season of discernment about our shared life going forward with five parallel elements: Mission-Shaped Ministry, Looking and Listening, Walk a Mile in These Shoes, Celebrating our Creativity, and Learning from Each Other and Sharing the Load.
14 July 2019The Church family at Little Lane LEP held its final service at 10.30 am on Sunday 14 July 2019 having made the difficult and courageous decision that it should cease to meet. We give thanks for its life and witness over many years and pray that its members will feel God’s guidance, strength and comfort as they seek to worship Him in new places.
An afternoon service of celebration for Rev Andrew Taylor’s ministry and retirement at St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Northcote Road, Bradford, BD2 4QP
31 May 2019Rev Andrew Taylor retired on health grounds.
14 September 2017Stuart Ayrton, Senior Steward, Authorised by Conference to Serve communion.
Rev Nick Blundell re-invited as Circuit Superintendent for a further 5 years on a full time basis from September 2018.
1 September 2017The Yorkshire West District came into being and was formed from a joining together of the former West Yorkshire District and part of the previous Leeds District.
23 April 2017The Church family at Sandy Lane Methodist Church held its final service at 2.00 pm on Sunday 23 April 2017 having made the difficult and courageous decision that it was no longer viable. We support its members in seeking the permission of District to cease to meet by the end of the 2016/7 connexional year. 
The church members were concerned about the community projects that take place in the building and the Circuit Meeting agreed at its March 2017 meeting that trusteeship of the building remain with the Circuit so that these community projects may continue.
17 March 2017Partnered with Zephaniah Trust for children’s work.
Margaret Clayton stepped down as Circuit Steward. 
Roger Butterfield appointed as Safeguarding Representative for Vulnerable Adults.
19 September 2016Laura Tunnacliffe appointed as part-time Circuit Youth Worker.
1 September 2016Lynne Keating stepped down as Circuit Employment Officer.
10 July 2016Eccleshill Methodist Church held its closing service. We laughed and we cried, we praised and gave thanks as we celebrated its life and witness in a final act of public worship. The church was full of people of all ages; all with their own memories and in that bitter sweet moment, God’s love was in our midst.
We lay down what is past and look to the future.
We let go of hurt and regret and travel with hope.
We leave behind familiar paths and take new steps into the unknown.
The singing group brought the service to an emotional close with their own version written for them by their pianist, Roger Morgan-Williams, May the road rise up to meet you.
Photographs and memories are shared on the Friends of Ecclesshill Methodist Church Facebook page.
15 March 2016John Watmough appointed as Circuit Treasurer.
Clive Grimshaw appointed as Circuit Steward.
30 September 2015Anna Cooley stepped down as Children’s Ministry Enabler.
1 September 2015Rev Andrew Taylor joined the Ministry Team on a full-time basis.
31 August 2015Martin Bashforth stepped down as Circuit Steward.
5 January 2015Anna Cooley joined the Circuit as Children’s Ministry Enabler with a welcome service at Crag Road on 1 February 2015.
1 September 2014Rev Christine Crabtree joined the Circuit with a welcome service at Northcliffe Church.
Jennifer Conroy appointed as Circuit Steward.
August 2014David Hogg retired as Circuit Steward
20 July 2014The Circuit said farewell to Rev Ian Griffiths and Tabitha Griffiths (LP), and Rev Sarah Jemison at a Circuit Service at St Andrew’s Methodist Church. The service included the recognition of Kim Joy as a fully accredited Local Preacher.
Order of service.
March 2014Sharon Fell, Children’s Work Enabler left the Circuit.
September 2013John Wilson joined the Circuit as Lay Pastoral Visitor/Co-ordinator.
Martin Bashforth appointed Senior Circuit Steward.
Lynne Keating appointed as Lay Employment Officer.
August 2013Rev Lynn Britten left the Circuit to take up an appointment in Birmingham.
Lynne Keating retired as Circuit Steward.
Stewart Ayrton stepped down as Senior Circuit Steward.
18 July 2013Rev Mark Watson was licensed as the new minister in charge of Christchurch LEP. The Chair of District, Roger Walton, preached on the theme of partnerships as he welcomed Mark, an Anglican priest, into the Bradford North Circuit Ministry Team, where he is authorised as a Methodist Minister.
14 July 2013Circuit Service
Lorna Whiteley
 admitted as a fully accredited local Preacher; she was presented with a bible and John Darnbrook read the President’s letter.
Long service awards presented to Senior Local Preachers: Graham Banks, Martin BashforthPeter Jackson and Roy Lorrain-Smith, 30 years; Diane Greenwood, 35 years; Paul Hockney, 50 years; Brian Galling, 55 years.
Barry Empson recognised and reinstated as a Local Preacher.
A new Communion set was dedicated for use by the extended communion visitors, and Frances Trees was commissioned as a visitor.
Together, we celebrated the ministries of Linda Atkin and Lynn Britten among us, with Linda reading the lesson and Lynn preaching a challenging sermon. That sermon ended with these words:
“This evening I finish by asking you to think and pray about the following. What areas of our life, individual, as a church and together as a circuit are wasting energy, are inward looking and becoming unproductive? Where does new pruning need to take place in order to encourage new growth in the right direction, outwards?”
30 June 2013Wilsden Methodist & United Reformed Church formally recognised its new name of Wilsden Trinity Church at its Anniversary Service. The change of name celebrates a 25 year union and recognises more recent contributions from members of the former Harecroft Methodist Church.
29 May 2013Team Ministry Review (pdf)
1 September 2012Rev Nick Blundell took up appointment as Supertindent.
Rev Alistair Newton, Rev Keith Hunt and Rev Freddie Takavarasha left the Bradford North Circuit to take up appointments in other circuits.
Anne Willey retired as Circuit Steward. 
1 March 2012Pending confirmation from Synod, the Circuit Meeting granted Harecroft Methodist Church permission to cease worship. The Superintendent commended the contribution that the members of Harecroft have given to the Circuit. The last Service was the Anniversary Service on Sunday 29 April 2012 at 2.00 pm.
Rev Nick Blundell was formally invited as Superintendent from September 2012.
The Circuit Meeting received a second report from the Steering Implementation Group.
Rev Stella Hayton left the Circuit. 
20 Sept 2011The Circuit Meeting agreed the recommendation of the Invitations Committee that Rev Keith HuntRev Alistair Newton and Rev Freddy Takavarasha go forward for stationing in September 2012.
The Circuit Meeting also received a progress report from the Steering Implementation Group. 
1 Sept 2011Stuart Ayrton took up office as Senior Circuit Steward.
Martin Bashforth and Margaret Clayton took up office as Circuit Stewards. 
31 August 2011Welcome Circuit Service for Rev Phil Drake and family at 19:00 Northcliffe LEP.
Ruth Whitfield and Pamela Hustler stepped down as Circuit Stewards.
Lynne Keating stepped down as Senior Circuit Steward. 
31 July 2011Farewell Circuit Service for Rev Joy Rulton at 18:00 Great Horton Methodist Church.
30/31 July 2011Eccleshill Methodist Church celebrated its centenary:
Exhibition – 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm Saturday and Sunday – a display of photos depicting the life of the Church over the past 100 years.
Worship – 10.30 am Sunday Rev Bernard Nixon – 6.00 pm A special Centenary service led by Rev Keith Hunt.
17 May 2011The Circuit Meeting received a report from the Strategy Group and Option 3 to reduce staffing by 3 was carried by a majority vote.
3 March 2011The Circuit Meeting appointed a Strategy Group to consider approaches to dealing with a substantial financial deficit.
2 October 2010The Leadership Team met at Silsden Methodist Church for an Away Day to discern God’s will for our future mission. This led to a Circuit Consultation, “Toddling” (pdf)
October 2010Clive Grimshaw appointed as Circuit Treasurer, Clair Schofield as Circuit Administrator and Nicola Cameron as Finance Officer.
August 2010Beth Ashton, Circuit Administrator, left us to take up a teacher training course.
2 Sept 2009Celebration of New Beginnings at Bradford Cathedral
March 2009Obviously, there was much discussion and work in the lead up to the launch of the new circuit; this is captured in the March 2009 edition of the former Bradford Woodhouse Grove Circuit’s Newsletter (pdf format).