Circuit Staff Team
Barking, Dagenham and Ilford Circuit
Methodist Circuits are also grouped into Districts, and this Circuit comes under the London District (headquarters in Westminster). Ministers, both Presbyters and Deacons (which are equal though different forms of our ordained ministry), are stationed in Circuits by our national governing body, the annual Methodist Conference. At present, our Circuit has two Presbyteral and one Diaconal ministers alongside two lay workers:
Revd Mmasape Thathane-Tyolweni (Co-Superintendent)
Revd Kido Baek (Co-Superintendent)
Deacon Andy Packer
Jackie Saito (Circuit Administrator)
Carol Dawson (R.E.R.P)
What We Believe
The Methodist Society was begun in the middle of the eighteenth century, by Revd. John Wesley, an Anglican priest and scholar, who lived from 1703 to 1791. Together with other priests and lay people, the movement was founded as an outcome of an Evangelical Revival, as a means by which the Church of England might bring faith back into the centre of people’s lives. For a number of reasons, after Wesley’s death, the Methodist Society separated from the Church of England, and became the Methodist Church, with its own organisation and ordained ministers. The Wesleys and their supporters believed – as Methodists still do – that the wholeness offered by Christ is freely available to all who turn to him. The belief that all people can be brought into God’s kingdom is still a core tenet of the Methodist Church today.
John Wesley and his brother, Charles, were believers, not only in the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, but in the need for people – all people – to work out the demands of the gospel in their daily lives. They believed the gospel not only changed the life of the believer, but it also enabled them to share the good news with others, and so change their lives too.
This led to a strong emphasis on the ‘Social Gospel’. Methodist people believe that the Kingdom of God is made real in the world where we find ourselves, only through reaching out to our friends and neighbours, whatever their faith or lack of it, in a non-judgemental, accepting and loving way; whoever you are, and whatever you may have made of your life, we believe that you are a valued, cherished and unique child of God, and it is upon that belief which the Methodist Church rests all its relationships, both within and outside the church. We believe that God offers release of guilt, forgiveness, acceptance and healing to each and everyone who turns to him.
All this might be summed up in what is known in Methodism as “the four A’s”:
ALL need to be saved
ALL can be saved
ALL can know themselves to be saved
ALL can be saved to the uttermost
If you want to discover more about what it means to be a Christian in the Methodist tradition, visit the Methodist Church website for more information.