Methodists are Christians; we have been around since the eighteenth century. The movement was founded by John Wesley, a Church of England priest who was struggling with the approach that his church had to the social concerns of the day.
During a period of time in Oxford, he and others met regularly for Bible study and prayer, to receive communion and do acts of charity. They became known as 'The Holy Club' or 'Methodists' because of the methodical way in which they carried out their Christian faith. John Wesley later used the term Methodist himself to mean the methodical pursuit of biblical holiness.
A strong feature of Methodism is the fact that ordinary lay people play a major part in the running of the Church. At all levels of the Methodist Church, lay people are involved in decision making. This emphasis goes back to John Wesley's desire to speak 'plain truth to plain people'.
If you are interested in reading more about John Wesley, Methodism's beginnings and the Methodist Faith then you can access a document on Early Methodism HERE.
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 - intent on nurturing faith and engaged in action for social justice at home and abroad...
It does this through:
- WORSHIP - 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.
- SERVICE - The Church exists to be a good neighbour to people in need and to challenge injustice.
- EVANGELISM - The Church exists to make more followers of Jesus Christ.