Clitheroe Methodist Circuit

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The Clitheroe circuit consists of ChatburnPaythorneTrinityWaddington and Whalley churches.

Rev Ian Humphreys is the Superintendent for the Clitheroe Circuit and has pastoral charge of Trinity and Chatburn churches. Rev Kathy Flynn is the Minister at Whalley, Paythorne and Waddington churches.

The work of our ordained Ministers is underpinned by a team of gifted and dedicated volunteers without whom much of what we do would be impossible. Their various gifts enrich the church and serve as a powerful reminder that all of us are a vital part of the body of Christ that we know as "church".

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A Brief History

Methodism has been in the locality in an organised form since 1797. The Clitheroe Circuit has been in existence since 1814. This was the old Wesleyan Circuit which was made up of Gisburn, Barley, Barrow, Bolton by Bowland, Chipping, Newton, Whitewell, Worston, Bashall Eaves, Downham, Low Moor, Sawley, Stopper Lane, Waterloo, Bradford, Wesley, Chatburn, Harrop, Paythorne, Slaidburn, and Whalley.

The Clitheroe Wesleyan Methodist Association Circuit was in existence from 1836 & was comprised of Moor Lane, Bradford, Worston, Newhurst, Broom Hill, Rodhill, Wood End, Pendleton, Mearly, Newton and Enfield, Grindleton, West Bradford, and Waddington.

The Clitheroe Primitive Methodist Circuit was in existence from 1820.

Amalgamations and closures of various chapels has meant that the Circuit in its present form came into being in 1962. In recent times one Chapel at Harrop Fold decided to become an Independent Chapel in 1996. Slaidburn chapel closed in 1999, Grindleton in 2008 and West Bradford in 2011.

All our churches work closely together and share resources, ministers, and volunteers to advance the Kingdom of God in the Ribble Valley.