Two years ago "circuits" was an alien concept. Today, circuits not only are familiar, but they're doing amazing things – and serving as a model for other Conferences in The United Methodist Church. (The South Georgia Annual Conference, for instance, contacted California-Nevada when it began exploring ways for clergy and laity to connect within smaller geographic groups.)
This year at Annual Conference Session, clergy and lay members will be seated by circuit, as a further signal that here in Cal-Nevada, we're all about extending boundaries beyond church walls.
And the evidence of that is exciting! In San Francisco, there was a circuit-sponsored Christmas Eve candlelight service at 11 p.m., this past Christmas.
Watch short (4 min. 19 sec.) video of that inspiring service here.
And another circuit, made up of churches in the Silicon Valley, will celebrate ministry together to launch the Lenten Season.
O For A Thousand Tongues: One Church, One Worship
Eight congregations of the Silicon Valley Circuit, appropriately nicknamed the "Integrated Circuit," will be worshipping together on the first Sunday of Lent, March 13, at 10 a.m. at Leigh High School. Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr. will preach and Dr. Marcia McFee will design the worship service.
The congregations of the circuit include: Almaden Hills, Cambrian Park, Evergreen Valley, New Creation, and Willow Glen in San Jose; Campbell UMC; Good Samaritan UMC in Cupertino; and Los Gatos UMC. The lay people of the circuit meet on a regular basis to discuss and plan joint ministry opportunities such as the March 13 service – which is open to everyone.
Leigh High School is located at 5210 Leigh Ave., San Jose, CA 95124.
On the Saturday before the joint service, March 12, the churches of the Integrated Circuit will host a Worship Workshop featuring Dr. McFee, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Los Gatos United Methodist Church. Those wishing to attend must register on line in advance, at www.siliconvalleychurch.org.