Wealdstone Methodist Church
The calling of the Methodist Church is to respond to the gospel of God’s love in Christ and to live out its discipleship in worship and mission
It does this through:
The church exists to increase awareness of God’s presence and to celebrate God’s love.
Learning & Caring
The Church exists to help people to grow and learn as Christians, through mutual support and care.
The Church exists to be a good neighbour to people in need and to challenge injustice.
The Church exists to make more followers of Jesus Christ.
There are twelve things that we can do as individuals or as a church community to transform our lives as we encounter God through these activities:
God loves you unconditionally, no strings attached. That’s the good news.
A Methodist Way of Life is a way of saying yes to the good news.
Our Mission Statement:
Loving and serving God in this Community
Wealdstone Methodist Church provides regular public acts of worship open to members of the church and non-members alike. It provides a sacred space, a building, for prayer and contemplation. It explains and commends Christianity through sermons, courses and small groups. It carries out pastoral work, including visiting the sick and the bereaved. It provides a weekly “Friendship Café”, a fellowship meeting (The Wesley Guild), a Toddlers’ Group and a Baby Bank. It offers its halls for hire, subject to availability, to community groups.
The Methodist Church
The beginnings of the Methodist Church
The Methodist Church has its origins in the 18th-century evangelical revival movement. It was founded primarily by John Wesley and his brother Charles Wesley, along with other like-minded individuals.
John Wesley (1703-1791) was an Anglican clergyman and theologian who became a key figure in the Methodist movement. He was born in Epworth, Lincolnshire, and attended Oxford University.
On May 24, 1738, John Wesley had a life-changing experience at a church service in Aldersgate Street in London. While listening to someone reading from Martin Luther’s preface to the Epistle to the Romans, he felt his heart “strangely warmed” and experienced a profound assurance of God’s love and forgiveness. This experience deepened his faith and understanding of God’s grace, which would become a central tenet of Methodism.
Following the Aldersgate experience, John Wesley began preaching in the open air, taking the message of the gospel to the masses beyond the confines of church buildings. He emphasised the need for personal conversion and a direct relationship with God, encouraging people to experience God’s grace firsthand.
As the movement gained momentum, John Wesley organised groups known as “Methodist Societies” or “Classes” to provide spiritual support, accountability, and discipleship to members. These societies were crucial in spreading Methodism throughout England and beyond.
Although Wesley never intended to create a separate denomination, the rapid growth of the Methodist movement, combined with some theological differences and resistance from the established Church of England, led to a gradual separation. After Wesley’s death in 1791, the Methodist movement officially became a separate religious denomination, known as the Methodist Church.
This is how Methodism came into being. To see how Wealdstone Methodist Church started please visit the History page.
The Methodist Church is still organised in a methodical way using many of the structures introduced by John Wesley. However, the Church is quite pragmatic, and is willing to make changes where they seem desirable.
The Methodist Church is inclusive and committed to Justice, Dignity and Solidarity.
We believe that all people are uniquely made in the image of God, and we aim to live this out in the Church and in our communities.
For more information about Methodism and the Methodists please visit https://methodist.org.uk
Harrow & Hillingdon Methodist Circuit
Our church is part of the Harrow and Hillingdon Methodist Circuit, which is a network of 17 churches in the London Boroughs of Harrow and Hillingdon. Each church exists to express the love of God in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit in worship, learning, caring, service and evangelism.