At St James Road Methodist Church we hope that everyone finds a welcome and soon feel that they belong – from youngest to oldest, whether it is the first time you have been in our building or you have been coming here for years and years!
St James Road Methodist Church is a church with our own unique way of expressing our faith. Our church strapline challenges us to be a church that is, “Loving God, Loving People”. This is taken from a moment in The Bible where Jesus is asked what the most important commandment is. His response was that the most important is to love God, and the next is to love our neighbour. We are constantly striving to do this in as many different and creative ways as we can, and we are always looking for new things to offer and try. Our church community should be a place where everyone feels that they belong, and this does not only apply to people who come on a Sunday morning. We are always pleased to hear new ideas and try new things.
We are really lucky to have large and well maintained premises that we use throughout the week. We run lots of activities and groups – look in our entrance area for postcards detailing things that may appeal to you.
As a church everything we do evolves from our prayers and worship. We believe that God has a heart for his world, and through our prayers and worship we try to get closer to His heart and discern His will for us and our church and community. Whilst prayer and worship is central to the life of our church, we are constantly looking at practical ways in which we can operate in partnerships to engage with the needs of those in our local area.
To help us with this, our church has two ministers – Christine and Brian. Christine is a presbyter, which means that her main focus is within our church community, including preaching and leading worship, presiding at communion services and chairing church meetings. Brian is our deacon and his role is connecting the church with our wider community. This involves initiatives such as ‘Who Let The Dads Out’, as well as visits into local schools.