North Bedfordshire Circuit The Methodist Church

Social Action Mission Stream

The Social Action Mission Stream is concerned with the Church being a good neighbour to people in need, challenging injustice and caring for the environment. Our intent is to challenge and support churches of the North Bedfordshire Circuit in fulfilling this mission by sharing good practice.

Walking with Micah

Methodists are trying to revitalise their vision of Social Justice through a 2 year project – Walking with Micah. Initial conversations are trying to establish what injustice looks like in the present day. Some are easy to identify, others less easy.

Racial Justice Sunday was marked in February and a useful booklet of information was issued which can be accessed below:

Climate Justice is being addressed as churches explore becoming Eco Churches and Action for Hope is coming soon to help churches address becoming zero net carbon by 2030.

Fairtrade tries to redress some of the injustices of trade, economics, climate and social inequalities by giving farmers and artisans a fair price for their goods.

Post Coronavirus Times

In recent years we have promoted Fairtrade, reduction of use of plastics and Eco church but we are aware that during the recent pandemic these have been more difficult to focus on as our churches are closed, we are shopping differently and cleaning more frequently.

Now is a good time to begin once again to be looking to the future. For many people the Coronavirus situation has passed crisis point and we start a new way of living.

As we move forward we also need to reflect on what we have gained from the last 18 months. We have found new ways of communicating which have reduced our travel time and petrol consumption that has been good for air pollution and carbon emission levels; some of us have worked from home and gained leisure time. We have become more inclusive of people unable to meet physically for worship, and we have used our feet to more frequently explore and appreciate the natural world around us.

Our world has changed and seeing people wearing facemasks is now commonplace and in many situations a requirement as we continue to protect our communities from reinfection. Many purchased face masks are single use disposable items. We are increasingly seeing masks discarded or badly disposed of adding to pollution, particularly of the seas. Washable face masks can be purchased (shop on-line at or hand-made. Find Out More

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

One big development since March 2021 has been the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. Like us, you may have been surprised at the extent of racially- tainted influences that are bound into the history of the UK.

Now may be time to re-educate ourselves and re-balance our thinking about black issues and how our history influences our current attitudes. We have found some recommended reading.
To support Racial Justice Sunday in February 2022 Churches Together in England and Ireland produced a document full of useful information on the background to Racial Injustice that will be relevant long after February.

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Our Environment

God calls Christians to recognise that the earth and everything in it is an expression of God's grace, and as such we us treat our environment with care and compassion. As Christians we believe that God doesn't just promise life but life in all its fullness (John 10:10).

Hope in God's Future is a report and study guide that calls Christians to transform their lifestyles through studying, praying and acting on environmental issues.

One way for churches to respond is by using the A Rocha Awards scheme to inform discussion within churches about practical measures that they could take to help the environment. It also enables levels of achievement to be awarded certificates at Bronze, Silver and Gold level to recognise their commitment.
Several of our churches are actively looking at this and a number of worship services have been produced to involve congregations (see worship / worship resources).

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We are a Fairtrade circuit.
With 75% of our churches granted Fairtrade status we were formally granted a certificate issued in favour of North Bedfordshire Circuit dated 7th June 2019.

The Fairtrade organisation was started by Christians who recognised the unfairness of free trade and sought to address this for the benefit of the least rewarded - the growers. This is about a fair price for a fair crop but also to provide support organisations. These give agricultural and community advice to enable more sustainable communities to evolve and prosper and support producers facing the impact of climate change. To receive the Fairtrade premium there are conditions which include health and safety standards and exclusion of child labour. Certification is independently verified.

With Fairtrade you have the power to change the world every day. With one simple choice you can get farmers a better deal. And that means they can make their own decisions, control their futures and lead the dignified life eveyone deserves.

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Recycling can have a number of benefits –
  • it protects the environment from excessive dumped rubbish
  • it supports charities bringing real benefits, either financial or practical, to the organisation or its clients
  • it makes us think about what we use and how we use it
You can help
  • by supporting these collections, either by directly contacting the church representative or arranging listed items to be brought to the circuit meetings for collection.
  • Alternatively start your own collections and support charities that you know of. Then let us know so that we can advertise it around the circuit.
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Long Life Food Collection

Thirteen million people live below the poverty line in the UK, with individuals going hungry every day for a range of reasons.

The Revd. Ruth Gee, President of the Methodist Conference in 2014 said "Why are new foodbanks opening across the country every few days when this is one of the wealthiest nations in the world? When we hear stories about the increasing need for foodbanks, we are bound to respond and to obey Jesus' command to love our neighbour - supporting foodbanks is one way of doing this."

The following churches act as collection points for in-date long life foods for redistribution: Ampthill, Flitwick, Haynes, Kempston East, Park Road, Priory, Sharnbrook, Willington.

Foodbanks such as The Trussell Trust will also gladly accept financial support.

The Refugee Crisis


"When a foreigner lives with you in your land, don't take advantage of him. Treat the foreigner the same as a native. Love him like one of your own. Remember that you were once foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord, your God." Leviticus 19:33-34

In the face of the large number of refugees currently displaced, our Christian understanding that we all have a common identity in God is as important as ever. We have a key role to play in highlighting the on-going plight of refugees and displaced people and must affirm a human response to the crisis.

We currently face a global refugee catastrophe of unprecedented nature, with 65 million people being forcibly displaced worldwide. These people often face traumatic experiences as they try to make their way to safety.
As Christians, we must recognise that we are all made for goodness, and that human dignity of refugees is intimately connected to our own. We must acknowledged that there is no outsider, as neither geographic nor legal status can deny access to God's family.
Find out more on the webpages of The Joint Public Issues Team of the Methodist Church.

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For more information or to suggest a Social Action Stream Campaign,
please contact Marian Blyth at