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The Methodist Church is open to all people, from whatever background.
Methodism originally came about because of one evangelical young Anglican Priest in the 18th Century.
John Wesley spent most of his time preaching in the poorer areas of the towns he visited, often in the open air.
His work has inspired many people, in many churches, of all denominations over many years.
Today Methodists work alongside other Churches in sharing the love of God we know in Jesus Christ. But there are certain emphases in Methodism which make it distinctive.
Methodists hold an inclusive theology; they believe that no one is beyond the reach of God's love. Ordinary lay people have always played a major part in running the Church.
Singing has always been an important part of the Methodist experience. - It is sometimes said that the Methodist Church was “Born in Song”.
There is also, within the Methodist movement, a deep sense of the Holy Spirit, and the assurance that gives. The founder of the Methodist Church, John Wesley, became aware of an immense sense of that ' blessed assurance' and of having a personal relationship with God, in a conversion experience.
However, being connected to God isn't just about 'feeling good.' Methodists are asked to surrender their lives to God's will, to live a holy life. ' Social holiness' is important and the Methodist founding documents emphasise a call to ' scriptural holiness' as seen in the Bible.
One of the things that the Methodist Church brings is the idea of covenant. Methodists celebrate a special Covenant service annually, usually at the New Year. Now some other churches also do this. Again as the various Denominations move closer to each other, more and more churches use small group meetings - again very important to Methodism - to complement Sunday worship and to continue to deepen the journey with God.
Methodism began in the context of small groups of Christians seeking to
take their faith seriously and apply it to their lives.
Methodists reflect using scripture, reason, tradition and their current experience of God.
There is a Methodist Church in every town, & many Villages, but as well as being a local movement, it is part of a bigger union known as the Connexion.
As a Church our priorities are Worship, Learning & Caring, Service and Evangelism.
'The Methodist Church claims and cherishes its place in the Holy Catholic Church which is the Body of Christ. It rejoices in the inheritance of the apostolic faith and loyally accepts the fundamental principles of the historic creeds and of the Protestant Reformation.'
Methodist Deed of Union
If you would like to find out more follow this link to the Methodist Website.