The website of Winchester Road Methodist Church..
It is with sadness that we have to inform you that in view of the recent Government guidance on the Coronavirus , that the decision has been made that the Church & Premises will be closed until further notice.
Welcome to the Winchester Road Methodist Church website. We are a lively church sitting at the heart of the community which we serve. Having recently installed a defibrillator on the external church wall, we really are the heartbeat of Highams Park.
When I came to Winchester Road in 2014, the church premises were a building site. The sanctuary and most of the rooms were in use, but the area we now know as The Hub, was under construction. There were many setbacks and delays, and it could have been easy to become discouraged. But having persevered, we now have a beautiful entrance to the church, which is the most popular part of the building.
With this additional facility, we have been able to increase our activities. Refreshments are regularly served from the hatch, and people really appreciate this, particularly the young parents and carers with whom I speak while they are waiting for their children at various activities.
The Hub boasts an illuminated cross, made from an old pew, and reminding all the many people who travel up and down Winchester Road each day, that we are a church very much at the heart of the community.
As the Hub is entered, the words of greeting are that ‘All are welcome in this place’, telling all who arrive on our premises, that the church is there for them, whoever they are and wherever the may have come from.
In term time, Friday coffee mornings are a weekly activity and much appreciated by those who attend. Refreshments are served by a number of people who are connected to our church. Special fundraising events take place on specific weeks, and the money raised is given to charity.
Like every church, we have our ups and downs in life. We say farewell to some, whilst welcoming others into our church family. Our extensive premises are regularly in need of attention, whether it is upgrading the electrics, or replacing a flat roof, so fundraising to meet the expenditure is always on our agenda.
But the Church is not just the name of the building. A Church is the people who meet to worship God and to be a Christian presence in the community. Without you, the Church would not exist. Just as the Hub is at the centre of our church buildings, so we aim to keep Christ at the centre of our lives and in everything we do. I am so grateful for the many tasks that are carried out week by week, to enable our premises and our church family to be the place where all are welcome.
Hilary Cheng – Minister
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