Why Mission Communities?


The important word is MISSION and the belief is that we can achieve more in working together collaboratively. This is the vision we have been working with – you can work with it in your village or change it to meet the needs of your local community.

The area of the two Benefices we are covering aligns with the Methodist Circuit and ranges from Kirkland to Ainstable via Alston!

Map showing the area covered by East of Eden Mission Community

‘Led by our clergy and working with our fellow Christians in the East of Eden Mission Community we will, in a spirit of prayer and fellowship, establish varied and exciting mission projects and patterns of worship which enable people to know more of God’s love for them,’ so that there is:

•    an increase in the awareness of Christian values, personal faith and transformed lives in every community
•    an increase in creative, relevant worship opportunities
•    a unique blueprint for each church building
•    effective lay leadership and team work within each congregation
•    a manageable workload for ordained clergy

Some of this is already happening; Here are a few examples:

Messy Church at Langwathby. This happens in the Village Hall at Langwathby every month on a Saturday morning. Families come to explore a Bible story, take part in craft activities and have lunch together.

Godly Play based at Kirkoswald. Godly Play has some amazing materials for story telling. Trained facilitators tell the story and the children interact with questions. There’s a chance to express how they feel about the story followed by their ‘feast’ – drink and a biscuit – mirroring Holy Communion.

Café Church happens four times a year in different venues around KO, Lazonby and Great Salkeld. It provides a different style of Worship.

Lighthouse and Beta groups for 11-18 year olds. Held in homes around Kirkoswald, small groups of young people meet for discussion, snacks and games in the context of the Christian faith.
They can attend an annual summer Christian event called Soul Survivor.

Christmas and Easter Journeys.  These events tell the Christmas and Easter stories in a sensory way and, held over two or three days, are visited by primary school children in the Mission Community area.
Culgaith Choir and Little Acorns at Gamblesby. Our young people enhancing worship.

For all our forthcoming events, have a look at our events page