… SHARING FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE …

West Bridgford Methodist Church

… sharing faith …

… hope and love …

West Bridgford Methodist Church

… sharing faith …

… hope and love …

Christmas Tree Festival

Christmas Tree Festival

We are open to the public on the following days and times;

Saturday 10th December 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

Sunday 11th December 12 noon – 5.00 pm, followed by Soul Cafe Lessons and Carols at 5.30 pm

Saturday 17th December 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

Sunday 18th December 12 noon – 5.00 pm, including a closing celebration worship at 4.00 pm

There will be home made refreshments available each day; morning coffee and cakes, hot lunches, afternoon teas and some stalls including a ‘Chocolate Tombola’.

We are raising funds for ‘Action for Children’, ‘All We Can’ and the SANA ‘Bless Srebrenica’ project,

You will be made very welcome. For any further information, please use the Contact Us form.

New Here

 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.

 

Church Life

Details of our Worship Services and Weekly Church Events

are contained in our monthly newsletter, At A Glance which 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.revrach

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

 

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Calendar of Main Events


Activities for Children and Young People

Our Children, Youth and Family Workers, Jane and Lucy will be pleased to give you details of our events and activities for children and young people.

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 Hire section.

Get involved

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).

Community Engagement Officer, Jane
Community Engagement Worker, Jane

You can contact our Community Engagement Worker, Jane for further information about these opportunities or any of our other groups.


Becoming a church member

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 minister Rev 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.


Follow us on Social Media

You will find us on Facebook’ and ‘Twitter’ where there are regular updates about life at the church. You may also like to sign up for our weekly information email about worship and other events at the church?


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

Local Charities

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;

the Friary, Street Pastors


National Charities

A number of the national charities we support have strong Methodist links, and these include;Action for Children


International Charities

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.

Thank you!

Resources

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.

We are Family

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. rublev iconYou 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.2016-06-05 12.23.11

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.

Prayer Board

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.


Join our mailing list

And we also invite you to join our Mailing List. You can find a sign up form here to be added to those who receive a weekly email about worship and other events at the church.

Room Hire

Our rooms are managed by the West Bridgford Methodist Church Property Team for the benefit of the church and local community

They may be hired by other approved users, subject to the completion of a signed Booking Form 2016-2017 and acceptance of our Conditions for Room Use (Issue 2) . It’s always worth an enquiry by phone or email if you are interested in using our rooms for a group or activity.

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.


 

Room 9 Community £10 /Commercial £13 Capacity 30 Meetings, Dance, Physical Activity
Room 2
Community £10 /Commercial £13
Capacity 50
Meetings, Music, Dance (including tap dancing), Physical Activity
Room 4 Community £10 /Commercial £13 Capacity 40 Meetings, Quiet Room
Room 4
Community £10 /Commercial £13
Capacity 40
Meetings, Small Concerts, Quiet Room
Room 5 Community £10.50 /Commercial £14 Capacity 50 Meetings, Music, Dance, Physical Activity
Room 5
Community £10.50 /Commercial £14
Capacity 60
Meetings, Music, Small Concerts, Dance, Physical Activity
Room 9 Community £10 /Commercial £13 Capacity 30 Meetings, Dance, Physical Activity
Room 9
Community £10 /Commercial £13
Capacity 30
Meetings, Dance, Physical Activity
Upper Hall Community £14.50 /Commercial £19 Capacity 60 Youth Activities, Dance, Physical Activity, Creative Activity
Main Hall Community £19 /Commercial £24 Main Hall with use of Kitchen Community £23 /Commercial £30 Capacity 80 seated Meetings, Quiet Activity, Music, Parties, Coffee Mornings
Church (minimum session 4 hours) Community £31.25 /Commercial £47.25 Meetings, Concerts, Music, Blood Donation Sessions

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. Cancellations must 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.

For help with any matters regarding bookings, phone the church office (0115) 9141253 or contact John Heard (0796 212 1571)   administrator@wbmethodist.org.uk


 

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This enquiry will be sent to administrator@wbmethodist.org.uk and your details may then be passed to the minister, Rev Rach Ward or other relevant officer.

You may also use this form to submit a prayer request, or to register for a regular email update on events and activities at the church, which are sent out each week to those on the mailing list.