You will be made very welcome. For any further information, please use the Contact Us form.
Welcome to our site
and thanks for your interest in our family friendly church. We are a community of people who want to learn more about being a disciple of Jesus and who seek to serve our local community. We’d love you to come and meet us, and we are always pleased to see visitors at our main worship service which is held at 10.30am each Sunday. Our minister, Rev Rach Ward is here quite frequently, and some services are led by other local ministers or local preachers.
We are here to
increase awareness of God’s presence and to celebrate God’s love
help people to grow and learn as Christians, through mutual support and care
be a good neighbour to people in need and to challenge injustice
make more followers of Jesus Christ
Our presence in West Bridgford
dates from 1888 when our church hall was first built, and we have worshipped in the church building since 1900. The meetings rooms, built 1923, together with the church and hall were fully modernised in the year 2000, equipping us with fine premises for service to the community into the 21st Century.
Details of our Worship and Events
are contained in our monthly newsletter, At a Glance and there is further information in our ‘Nottingham South Circuit News’ which also contains information about neighbouring Methodist churches. You may also be interested to read our church magazine, Voice.
Details of our Worship Services and Weekly Church Events
are contained in our monthly newsletter,At A Glancewhich can also be obtained from the church foyer.
Our main worship service is at 10.30 am each Sunday morning, and this is often led by our own minister, Rev Rach Ward.
We also have a monthly gathering for ‘Faith & Light’ (worship and fellowship for those with learning disabilities and their carers) on the first Sunday of each month at 3.00 pm, and a time of informal worship ‘Soul Café’ on the second Sunday of each month at 5.30 pm.
There is further information in our ‘Nottingham South Circuit News’which also contains information about neighbouring Methodist churches and their Sunday services.
If you’d like to know more about other groups meeting at our Church including Friends Together, Meeting Point, Woolly Wednesdays, Singing Together then please contact our Community Engagement Worker Jane.
There is provision for children at our main Sunday services, and a range of weekday activities, including ‘Parent, Carer and Toddler Group’ each Wednesday morning from 9.30 am and each Wednesday afternoon from 1.30 pm. Our popular ‘Storytime’ group meets fortnightly on a Tuesday morning at 11.00 am.
For information about our church Uniformed Organisations – Rainbows and Brownies (which meet on a Tuesday evening) and Beavers, Cubs and Scouts (which meet on a Friday evening), please use the Contact Form below.
What’s going on in the church rooms this week?
Simply click on the relevant week for a full list of all the church and community groups meeting in that period:
There are full details of each group on the church noticeboard, and information of how you can join an activity. If you want to book a room for a meeting, you can easily see which dates and times may be available, and the visit the Room Hiresection.
Volunteering to help at a group
Maybe you’d like to help at one of our community groups, such as Parent, Carer and Toddler, (every Wednesday), Friends Together (fortnightly on Thursdays) or the Memory Lane Café, (monthly on the first Monday).
Our minister Rev Rach Ward, would be pleased to chat with you to help you learn more about becoming a member of the church, or if you would like to enquire about baptism for yourself or a child. Alternatively, you may wish to use the ‘Contact Us’form below.
Weddings and Funerals
You should also contact our ministerRev Rach Ward if you have an enquiry about getting married at the church, or if you would like details about a Methodist funeral service for a loved one. Alternatively, you may wish to use the ‘Contact Us’ form below.
Giving to support the work of the church and circuit
We also need funds to keep our work going, so you can read our leaflet ‘How to Give’ here. It describes how Christian giving is a thankful, cheerful response to God’s commitment to us in Jesus Christ, and invites us to give regularly, systematically and proportionately.
Giving and Outreach
We are pleased to support a number of local charities who work to enhance the quality of life for members of the local community. These include;
A number of the national charities we support have strong Methodist links, and these include;
There are huge needs around the world and we do what we can to raise awareness of and support charities working especially in the areas of relief and development, including;
Giving to support the work of the church and circuit
We also need funds to keep our work going, so you can read our leaflet, ‘How to Give’ here. To keep our building open to serve the community, to pay our staff and to support our volunteers costs over £3,000 per week.
If you are able to Gift Aid your donations, this increases the value of your contribution by 25p for every £1 you give, without costing you anything. The latest ‘Gift Aid form’ is available here, and must be used from April 2016 onwards.
Training and Conferences
We are pleased to host the ‘We are Family’ conference on Saturday 4th February. This is open to all, but particularly aimed at those interested in aspects of Family Ministry.
Church Worship Resources
Maybe you’d like to hear a recent Sermon from the church?
At the beginning of May our worship was led by Rev Simon Rose who encouraged us to listen and to hear the voice of God, and urged us to give time to praying faithfully so that we might hear God’s challenge for us. We can’t hide from his call …
Rev Dr Paul Hill preached the sermon at the Circuit Farewell service on Sunday 8th May, when he reminded us of the faithful God who stands by us on our journey. We were encouraged to ‘accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative’ ….
Pentecost Sunday, 15th May, was Rev Dr Paul Hill’s final morning service at West Bridgford. As part of a varied feast of worship, featuring our great and generous God, he told a thoughtful story and left us with his final challenge. You can hear the sermon here, and if you are interested, a full recording of the service is also available.
On Trinity Sunday, Louise Beaumont led us in studying Proverbs 8 and then moved on to reflect on how we understand the Trinity after we had heard a passage from Chapter 16 of John’s gospel. You may like to view the picture of Rublev’s icon which is referred to in the sermon.
Monica Heard led our worship on Sunday 29th May, and challenged us about our faith. What does it mean to have faith, how do we trust Jesus, especially at times of challenge? Can we be a Christian away from a church and it’s fellowship, and how does our shared faith affect the ways in which we behave? Hear some of her thoughts in the sermon here.
At the start of June, Rev Loraine Mellor took the story of the Samaritan woman at the well, asking Jesus for a drink. You can hear the lesson read here, and listen to how she interpreted the message for us, beginning by looking at the picture she brought along with her, and ending by inviting us all to come forward a take a drink of the life giving water from Jesus.
Our new minister, Rev Rach Ward, arrived with us in September, and was warmly welcomed as she led her first Sunday worship. Her sermon was in three sections as she introduced herself to us and set us some challenges about where we might be going as a church over the next few years. Listen to her as she asks, ‘What makes you soar?’ and then talks about ‘Spectators and Players’ before rounding off with a talk entitled ‘Like riding a bike’
Local and national Church News
Or, you might like to read the latest edition of our church magazine, Voice. This contains a range of interesting information, including an introductory letter from our minister and also articles about the life of our church family, such as news of our recent Holiday Club and Scout camp.
For information from the Methodist Church nationally, there are some exciting stories in ‘Buzz’ which is regularly updated, or you can visit the national Methodist Church website.
As a result of the referendum on 23 June 2016, the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union. In this time of very significant change and uncertainty there is a need for leadership which seeks the common good and encourages people to work together, to respect one another and to uphold the dignity of all.
The 2016 Annual Conference of the Methodist Church passed a resolution containing the following text:
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. All bear the responsibility of speaking and acting for healing, reconciliation, and mutual respect.
The Methodist Conference abhors and deeply regrets those actions and words which incite hatred and lead to the victimisation of groups within society and notes with concern that such actions and words have been normalised in recent public discourse. 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.
for a political debate which neither demonises any nor leaves the vulnerable (the foreigner, the immigrant and refugee) in danger of victimisation.
on political leaders to work together for the good of the whole community putting the needs of the nation before party politics.
on all those in positions of power and authority to hear the voices of those who have been marginalised and alienated and to respond to them in ways which offer real hope for the future.
Perhaps you’d like to leave a prayer request on our Prayer Board. While we are developing the site, you can do this using the ‘Contact Us’section.
Our current hourly room rental rates from are shown by the room pictures. The lower price is the charge for community groups. The higher price is for commercial groups and private parties. We have held our prices for three years as part of our commitment to serve our community and we welcome enquiries from room users who wish to come and join us.
All groups need to make their own arrangements, during the booked hire time, to set up any chairs and tables, and to return the room to its usual layout after use. The online booking form, also available from the church foyer must be returned by email to the Administrator or placed in the black posting box adjacent to the church entrance together with a signed copy of the Conditions for Room Use. Telephone bookings are not accepted as a signature is required to confirm the conditions of hire.
Regular bookings should be confirmed by submitting a form one month before the start of the next school term. Terms are defined as
1st September – 31st December 2016 (Autumn 2016)
1st January – 15th April 2017 (Spring 2017)
16th April – 31st August 2017 (Summer 2017)
Occasional bookings for other sessions must be made at least 7 days in advance. Payment in advance may be requested. Cancellationsmust also be made at least 7 days in advance using the standard Cancellation Form, otherwise the full fee for the booking will be charged.
All users must abide by the conditions described in the and ensure that they submit a signed copy with their booking form, together with a copy of their Public Liability Insurance for at least £5million to safeguard both group members and the other users of this church and community building. This is a shared facility, so users must show awareness of others and be prepared to help with management of the building. It is also important for Health and Safety that the rooms and communal areas are left clean and tidy condition after each session.