Temple Street Methodist Church & Community Centre is situated in the middle of a densely populated community in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, England and the premises are used by many local people both for worship and as part of their daily lives.
Sunday services are held each week beginning at 10.30 am and 6pm. There is no set form of Methodist worship, but prayers, music, bible readings and a sermon are common to most services.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion is observed every month. In the Methodist Church we have what is known as an ‘open table’. In that you do not have to have been confirmed or be a member to receive the elements of bread and wine.
The acts of worship are led by the Minister or by Lay Preachers. A Methodist minister often has more than one Church under his pastoral care and consequently he is unable to lead worship every week. Therefore specially trained lay people lead worship in his absence
The present church is now 34 years old, and combined with the Church Hall is one of the most modern in the Stoke South Circuit.
The Church & Community Centre, in addition to its Sunday worship also has a number of midweek meetings and the Church Hall is used by many organisations who cater for all ages of the population.
So for over 200 years the Church & Community Centre has been at the centre of community life in Fenton. The Church however is not simply a building – it is first and foremost a group of people. People who come together because they believe in Jesus Christ and because they want to acknowledge their allegiance to Him and to express that allegiance in worship and fellowship.
Nor is the Church just a group of people meeting together apart from and separate from the rest of the community. It believes that the Christian Gospel must be worked out through the Church in service to the community.
This means that the Church in Fenton is concerned with meeting the needs of the whole community in whatever way it can.
One of the ways in which we are trying to meet the needs of the community is by the ramp that we have just added to the front of the building for the less mobile, and we have also built a wheelchair accessible toilet. The church itself has been fitted with a hearing loop system which adds to the amplification system already in use. We also have large print hymn books available.
In response to God’s call through Jesus, and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Temple Street Methodist Church seeks to grow in spirituality and social commitment, and serve the community, the neighbourhood and the church worldwide.
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