Oldham and Saddleworth Circuit  has 9 churches, 
To go to each church's page please click on its name in the left hand menu. 
The Salt Cellar is also part of the work of the Circuit as is
a joint 
Church of England /Methodist Foundation Primary School, Hey with Zion in Lees

The Oldham and Saddleworth Circuit is also now in partnership with the 
Shaw and Royton Circuit

Circuit Newsletter July 2021 is available to download here

The August Preaching Plan is now available here

Pastoral letter from Circuit Superintendent, 
Rev Dr Adrian Burdon
 concerning the Methodist Conference vote on the God in Love Unites Us Report.

The Methodist Conference has been meeting this week in Birmingham. The Methodist Conference is the place where the business of the Methodist Church is conducted, it is the place where we confer together, it is the primary place where governance of the church is exercised and our way of being expressed. The Methodist Conference gathers up conversations that have taken place in local churches, Circuits and Districts and seeks to discern what the Holy Spirit it saying to the wider church. Many people across the Methodist Church have been awaiting the Methodist Conference to gather up the conversations about marriage and relationships, as enabled through the God in Love Unites Us report, and to discern what the Spirit is saying to the Methodist Church on these matters.

Click here to read the full letter

Pastoral letter from Circuit Superintendent, 
Rev Dr Adrian Burdon
 May '21

Dear friends

It has not been many days since the Church celebrated Easter and announced that Christ is risen from the dead. It is, though, a message which in worldly terms is nonsense and challenges the established order of things. It is, however, the message that we have been proclaiming for the past two thousand years. It is the message that has caused the world to deride and despise the people of God over the same period.

click here to read the full letter

Two Circuits merger

The Circuit Meeting of the Oldham & Saddleworth Circuit met in parallel with the Circuit Meeting of the Shaw & Royton Circuit on Monday 8 February 2021 in order to discuss and decide upon the possibility of creating a new Methodist Circuit for the whole of Oldham from September 2021.

The meeting was productive and good natured, although as challenging as ever of course. The outcome was that, by overwhelming majorities, both Circuit Meetings voted to come together into a new Oldham Circuit on 1 September 2021.

The voting was as follows:

Oldham & Saddleworth - Voting Members Present: 35  
Votes for: 32  - Votes  Against: 2

 Shaw & Royton - Voting Members Present: 19 
 Votes for: 18  - Votes  Against: 1

What will happen next is that the Circuit Leadership Teams shall be working closely together in order to develop the process which brings about the new Circuit. Now that the decision has been made to come together, the fine details will be worked out and presented to the Circuit Meetings for decision. We shall keep members of the churches in both Circuits abreast of developments as they fall into place over coming weeks and months.

Please continue to pray for the members of the Leadership Teams as they engage in this process on your behalf. Please pray for the churches of our two Circuits as we move towards the creation of the new Circuit. Pray for God's Spirit to be upon us as we do a new thing in God's name.

  Blessings abound!

The Rev Dr Adrian Burdon
Superintendent Minister

The Preaching Plan 

The Plan for  April - July is available here

Please note that churches will not be offering live worship 
whilst in lockdown through the remainder of January and February.
The situation will be closely monitored in response to Government updates.
Online worship can be found via the links below.

Hollins/Zion here

Delph/Uppermill/Greenfield here

South Chadderton here

the Shaw and Royton Circuit also offers weekly online worship here

An audio version of the weekly Shaw and Royton Circuit worship, 
including hymns, prayers, scripture and sermon, approx 45 minutes, 
is available by phone at any time on:
01706 580206
 free to most calling on a landline, but mobiles may incur a charge

Spiritual sustenance when in isolation

During this time of 'lockdown' the page link below signposts you to resources provided centrally by The Methodist Church to help nourish your spiritual life. 


Help with Food and Welfare Advice in Oldham

Because of the continuing Covid-19 restrictions 
Oldham Foodbank has informed us that food will only be delivered to clients rather than collected from the local hubs.

All other food banks are closed and will not be open to either distribute or take in food donations until the pandemic has ended.

Oldham Foodbank now operates from:
Unit B
Prince of Wales Industrial Units
Vulcan Street

Clients requiring food now need to contact the main hub number

0161 622 1061  




New Coronavirus Assessment Hub

The Integrated Care Centre, on New Radcliffe Street, will now care 24/7 for patients with potential Coronavirus symptoms (it is now closed as a walk-in centre). The centre will provide advice over the phone, video calls and face-to-face consultations or GP home visits when appropriate.

The service is only for people who have Coronavirus symptoms and are unwell, 
but do not need emergency
Access to the service is via your GP or after contacting NHS 111. 
When contacting 111 go online first to
GP practices are open and can be contacted over the phone or online.

A new digital Mental Health service and support has been launched across Greater Manchester which includes SHOUT a confidential 24/7 text service that offers advice on a range of issues. Text GMOldham to 85258

for general Circuit enquiries please call: 07483100847 
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