… SHARING FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE …

West Bridgford Methodist Church

… sharing faith …

… hope and love …

West Bridgford Methodist Church

… sharing faith …

… hope and love …

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.


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 we 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

A recent Radio Nottingham interview featured two members of Friends Together, Mavis and Peter, Peter and Mavisand you can hear their wonderful story here.

We publish a simple directory about all the regular groups which meet at the church and you can see a copy here.

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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. All meeting dates are in At A Glance.

You will also find details of groups for young people on Sunday afternoons and evenings including ‘Fun Zone’ on the second Sunday of the month, and ‘Attitude’ and ‘Youth Club’ which meet on the third Sunday evening each month.

We are busy planning for our annual Holiday Club for children which this year will have a sports theme, ‘Champion’s Challenge’.champions challenge holiday club

‘Champion’s Challenge’ will be held right at the start of the school holidays between 10 am and 12 noon on the mornings of Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th and Friday 29th July. Please click here for a booking form to express an interest in a place for your child(ren).

If you are a church member, and wish to register your interest in helping, please click here to fill in a form for Jane and Lucy.

Also coming soon will be our Messy Church an exciting after school sessions for children and families. Please give us your details if you’d like to be kept informed as plans develop!messy church

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 over the coming week:

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.


Our Palm Sunday Donkey Parade

P1040677cropOn Palm Sunday 20th March, we enjoyed lovely weather for the parade with Malcolm the donkey foal, and Harry his pony friend, as we remembered Jesus on his journey into Jerusalem. There were plenty of activities for the children and the service also included a baptism. You can hear the sermon by visiting our Resources page.


Easter Garden

On Holy Saturday we constructed our large display in the church foyer. Children had an opportunity to make small Easter gardens to take home, so there was plenty to keep all the family busy.P1040682


Easter Day

We had our traditional Sunrise Service at 6.30 am on the Victoria Embankment, by the War Memorial gates. There are some pictures here, supplied by our friends at St Wilfrid’s.

There was an all age praise and worship celebration at 10.30 am. The singing was accompanied by our excellent 20 piece worship band.P1040690

The congregation brought flowers to help decorate the cross and there was an Easter Egg hunt and other activities for the children.P1040685P1040693P1040694


Farewell Services for Rev Dr Paul Hill

We said goodbye to our minister at the beginning of May, and we wish him, Joan and Richard well as they move to London, where Paul will serve at Fernhead Road church.

The Circuit Farewell Service was held on Sunday 8th May, when the singing was accompanied by an augmented worship band with players from churches across the circuit, and we enjoyed refreshments and fellowship afterwards.

Paul’s final morning service at West Bridgford was on Sunday 15th May, Pentecost Sunday, which was an all-age service with music from our band. The morning marked the start of Christian Aid week and the 4th West Bridgford (Methodist) Scouts served breakfast in aid of Christian Aid as the morning began. You can hear Paul’s sermons in the Resources section.

Paul Hill and his wife, Joan, leave church on their tandem after his final service
Paul Hill and his wife, Joan, leave church on their tandem after his final service

Christian Aid Afternoon Tea

At the end of a great week of fundraising, we had an enjoyable gathering on Sunday 22nd May with lots of friends sharing food and conversation.P1040697 P1040698 P1040699 P1040700Well over £2,000 was collected during the week through a variety of events, in a change which saw us move away from the traditional house to house collecting, instead engaging a number of community groups and local businesses. Our thanks to the co-ordinators, Audrey & Steve Nicholson.


General Church Meeting

You are invited to join us at our General Church Meeting which is being held on Monday 6th June, starting with refreshments at 6.30pm. The meeting will be chaired by Revd Dr Dick Jones and we will receive reports from all the church groups, which paint a very exciting picture of our flourishing activities. Do come along and be encouraged about what God is doing amongst us. Click here to read the reports from all the church groups, and Rev Dr Paul Hill’s review of the year.


From September 2016

We are delighted that, subject to final approval by the Methodist Conference in June, Rev Rach Ward will be joining us as our minister. please join us in praying for her as she continues her present work in Sheffield and begins to prepare for a new chapter in her ministry.


Ride and Stride

On Saturday 10th September, we look forward once again to welcoming visitors to our church who are taking part in the Notts Historic Churches annual event.r+sLast year we had a good number of cyclists visit us, including this group from Christ Church, Chilwell. We welcome anyone who wants to call in, or helpers who would like to receive the visitors and assist the fundraising.Ride&Stride

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 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. (During the sabbatical of Rev Dr Paul Hill in June, July and August, and prior to the arrival of Rev Rach Ward in September, please be assured that this email address is being monitored and that enquiries will be responded to. Alternatively, you may wish to use the ‘Contact Us’ form below.)


Weddings and Funerals

You should also contact our minister 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. (During the sabbatical of Rev Dr Paul Hill in June, July and August, and prior to the arrival of Rev Rach Ward in September, please be assured that this email address is being monitored and that enquiries will be responded to. 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.


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

Church Worship Resources

Maybe you’d like to hear a recent Sermon from the church?

The sermon from our All-Age service on Mothering Sunday, 6th March, was preached by our own minister, Rev Dr Paul Hill. The recording starts as some of the Scouts read the familiar bible story of the prodigal son, and you have to imagine us watching a short video clip about Paddington …


On Palm Sunday, 20th March, we shared in the baptism of Elliott and enjoyed a parade around the church with a donkey and a pony foal. Then Rev Dr Paul Hill linked the two events in this sermon, and brought an up to date challenge to us all …

Easter Day, 27th March, saw us decorating the cross with flowers to celebrate the resurrection. The church was packed, and Rev Dr Paul Hill preached on the theme that ‘Love Wins’. You can listen to the sermon here …

Rev Dr Paul Hill led worship again on Sunday 17th March, when we thought together about listening to each other’s voices, listening to the voice of Jesus, and the cost of responding. It was an all age service, and the edited sermon audio is here, starting with the familiar Psalm 23 …

Our preacher on Sunday 24th April was Rev Dr Richard Jones, who took as his theme Acts 11, verses 1 – 18. He challenged us to think about decisive moments in human history and ended with a very contemporary message which will keep you thinking for the days ahead …

The month of May began with worship 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.

Local and national Church News

Or, you might like to read the latest edition of our church magazine, Voice. This contains some Lent and Easter information, and also articles about the life of our church family, including news of our fund raising efforts for Christian Aid and Toilet Twinning.

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.


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.

There are some exciting Prayerfest events being held across our Nottingham and Derby district during 2016. prayerfest2016You are welcome to join us at any of the following events as we join together in a variety of expressions of prayer in a range of locations.

Payerfest


Join our mailing list

And we also invite you to join our Mailing List. Just leave your email address at the ‘Contact Us section for regular updates from our minister, Revd Dr Paul Hill on 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 and acceptance of our Conditions for Room Use. It’s always worth an enquiry by phone or email if you are interested in using our rooms for a group or activity.

Please note that for bookings from 1st September 2016, which are now open, you should use the new Booking Form 2016-2017 and revised Conditions for Room Use (Issue 2)

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

  • 18th April – 31st August 2016 (Summer 2016)
  • 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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