Services are listed under Congregations
Methodist Ministers and lay preachers lead the service at different churches in the local circuit each week
Sunday arrangements are planned 3 months at a time:
Current Preaching Plan December-February
The Gospel message is about the promise of new life.
In the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ
we find forgiveness for the past,
help and guidance for the present,
and hope for the future
“THE New Year can often bring a mixed bag of emotions and memories for many of us. Some may have just experienced the best year ever and look forward to an even greater one looming ahead. Others may have just trudged through one deep struggle after another. The fresh calendar year brings desperate hope for things to be better, with an ache for the still-fresh wounds to slowly begin their process of healing. Whether you have just walked through the greatest year of your life, or are incredibly glad to see this one finally over, one truth still rings clear amidst it all. You are not alone. Not ever. Our God is a ‘with us’ God. On the heels of the celebration of the birth of our King, that reminder has the power to carry us right into a fresh, new start. He is Emmanuel, God with us. Though things and people around us shift and change, our God never changes.”
Extract from 2018 new year message from the Revds Michaela Youngson, Nigel Cowgill and Jongikaya Zihle (Chairs of the London District of the Methodist Church.)
AT the beginning of a new year I cannot help but be shocked by the recent focus on the rising levels of homelessness in our community and the impact this is having on many families. Our experience in both our pastoral and social care underlines one of the major social challenges we face today. Nowhere is this more evident than in the work which takes place across our circuit - in the Whitechapel Mission, the Bow Food Bank and the charity Food Cycle which meets in our Bow Road premises. These are important pieces of work offering support to people who find themselves most at risk from cuts to public services, lack of adequate and affordable housing and changes to welfare provision. Addressing the issues that lie behind these concerns will require our politicians to show both determination and courage. We can only hope that in 2018 an even greater emphasis will be placed on actions to address the hardship experienced by individuals and families, restoring hope and preventing some of the most vulnerable from facing another year of uncertainty and misery. – Revd Cameron Kirkwood
* Homelessness Sunday is on 28th January when there will be a united circuit service 11.00 at Whitechapel Mission. Our other churches will be closed on that day.
Focus on Migration
London is a diverse, vibrant and energetic city. Its excitement, complexity and challenges are exceptional. The mission of the Methodist Church in London is shaped by this exciting and challenging context. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we work together to respond creatively to the opportunities and needs of this unique city. Migration is a key part of the story and a theme with which the churches, circuits and District wish actively to engage so that we might “change the story” so that migration is celebrated rather than feared, and engage with the challenges of issues linked to migration
London District of the Methodist Church - Autumn 2017
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and
with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And
the second is like it. Love your neighbour as yourself.
The first commandment remains no less challenging today than it was for those who heard Jesus speak those words nearly 2000 years ago. To love the Lord like that - how does it work in practice? It has to mean leading God-centred rather than self-centred lives. It means putting faith before fortune, faith before pleasure, and maintaining a personal relationship with God through Jesus. It means following Jesus' example in our dealings with others and upholding Kingdom values in a society that sometimes can feel quite hostile to those with religious conviction.
Who is our neighbour? Jesus didn't just mean those who live beside us. He meant everyone. The second commandment is tough because it demands that we love the unloveable. It demands we pay attention and be gracious to those who don't count amongst our friends, and that's not easy.
If we all strived to keep those two commandments, what a different place the world would be. It is however, a glimpse of our future. A glimpse of the time when God's Kingdom will be fully established.
Joanne Mead (Enfield Circuit) (abridged)
The Methodist Covenant
I am no longer my own but yours.
Your will, not mine,
be done in all things,
wherever you may place me,
in all that I do
and in all that I may endure;
when there is work for me
and when there is none;
when I am troubled and
when I am at peace.
Your will be done when I am valued
and when I am disregarded;
when I find fulfilment and
when it is lacking;
when I have all things, and
when I have nothing.
I willingly offer all I have
and am to serve you,
as and where you choose.
Glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours.
May it be so forever.
Let this covenant now made on earth
be fulfilled in heaven.
What to pray for?
In your prayers remember;
People who are ill
Your work, home, school or college
People who have lost hope
That we may respect the created world
Your family & friend
The Methodist Conference believes that the British Isles are enriched by diversity and celebrates the contribution made by those who have come from other parts of the world. The Christian tradition calls for respect, tolerance, love of neighbour and hospitality to the stranger. ... Believing that racism is a denial of the Gospel and that to stay silent when others are abused is to collude with those who seek to promote hatred and division, the Methodist Conference calls on the Methodist people to challenge racism and discrimination....
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God of all humanity
When your people were enslaved and displaced,
You led them to a land that they could call home;
When your people were in exile;
Your promise was that, one day,
They would live in streets of play and laughter.
When your disciples were afraid and uncertain,
You spoke of a Father's House
With mansions and places prepared.
We pray today for all those who have no place to call home,
Hearing the heart-cry of your word
For those who are without refuge.
Where shelter is ours to offer
Grant us the will and resolve to reflect the generosity of our Creator.
Where others stand in the way of those who need safe haven
May our cry for justice never falter.
May the idols of self-interest and economic gain
Never deflect us from the ways of your Kingdom.
Through Christ our Lord
Forgive us when we walk past and don't offer help.
Forgive us when we get it wrong.
We don't want to overcome our hidden doubts and prejudices
in order to be alongside those who are different from ourselves.
Give us strength to be a voice crying for justice and peace.
Help us to step into another person's shoes,
or if they have no shoes
then not to be afraid to take off our own,
peel off our preconceptions and assumptions,
uncurl and spread out our toes, and
tread in their footprints.
Talking about God:
We're shy about talking to others about God. We'd more readily recommend our local Indian restaurant than a personal relationship with a risen Saviour. Our world is screaming out for a hefty helping of real hope and it seems all we offer is the usual comfort food.
What are you doing to help the disciples of tomorrow? It's a path that will cost us much; we may have to endure pain and sorrow along the way, but we owe it to God. The same God who loved each of us so much that he sent Jesus to win for us the salvation we could never win for ourselves. So go and talk about God, and help others find the faith we hold so dear.
Joanne Mead (Enfield Circuit) (abridged)
When worried or troubled
Shine into our understanding.
Lord, you are the Good Shepherd
Enfold us in your love.
Lord, you are the Way,the Truth and the Life
Guide us along our earthly path.
We believe you are close to us
and know us better than we know ourselves.
When we are anxious and uncertain
Give us peace of mind and heart.
Keep us safe in your love now
and beyond the gate of death.
A prayer before worshipGod who is love,
I have come to worship you.
Help me to remember that you are always with me.
May I pray to you in faith,
sing your praise with gratitude,
and listen to your word with eagerness;
through Christ our Lord.
Lord, you gave me all I have: the people, the talents, the interests and abilities.
Who knows what I might find I am able to do?
Help me to use my gifts of speech to support those who are vulnerable.
May I use my communication skills to give good news.
Make me generous with my possessions,
that I may value them less than the friendship and company of those around me.
Most of all, Lord, help me to use my time wisely
and to share it fruitfully with those who need it.
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