The Methodist Church
The first Methodists were a group of friends who met in Oxford in the eighteenth century for prayer, Bible study and Holy Communion. John Wesley was one of them and he started the movement that became known as the Methodist Church. Methodists believed that religion should come from the heart and it had to make a difference to how you lived your life.
Today there are over 80 million Methodists all over the world with about 220,000 members and 5,000 churches in this country.
What We Believe
Methodists are part of the world wide Church of Christ. We believe that no one is beyond the reach of God's love. God's love and forgiveness is not just for a chosen few but for everyone.
All Christians (including Methodists) believe that through Jesus' death on the cross and his resurrection, that God broke the power of all that is evil.
Our Mission Statement
‘Loving God and loving our neighbours’
Our calling is to respond to the gospel of God’s love in Jesus Christ and to live as his followers. We do this through:
- We will pray each day.
- We will worship together regularly, including the sharing of Holy Communion.
- We will look and listen for God’s activity in our lives and our world.
Learning and Caring
- Through Bible study and fellowship we will seek to learn more of God and God’s world.
- We will practise friendship and care for others and for ourselves.
- We will honour creation and tend the environment.
- We will practise hospitality and generosity.
- We will be good neighbours to those in need.
- We will challenge injustice.
- We will work for the good of all people.
- We will use our resources to support God’s mission in the world.
- Through working out our faith in daily life we will witness to the love of God in Jesus.
- We will speak of faith to others.
- We will encourage each other in our faith.
May each of our lives be a blessing within and beyond the Church, for the transformation of our community.