10:30 am Holy Communion and Christingle Service led by Rev'd Richard Grocott
10:30 am Morning Worship led by Rev'd Derek Stanworth
4:00 pm Carol Service led by Rev'd Richard Grocott
The church family at Eltham Park Methodist Church offers a warm welcome to all, whether you are new, just visiting or are a long standing member. [Read more…]
Sunday Morning Worship: 10.30am
Our services normally last about an hour. During this time, we follow the Methodist tradition of prayer, hymn-singing and preaching. [Read more…]
At Eltham Park Methodist Church you are assured of a warm welcome. There is step-free access via a cafe area before you enter the church. [Read more…]
A wide range of activities for Children and young people
Weekly services of worship and Midweek Fellowship
The church family offers a warm welcome to all, whether you are new, just visiting or have been a long standing member.
Eltham Park Methodist Church values its Methodist tradition and so seeks to be a loyal part of the Methodist Church
Second Tuesday is a monthly group for women of all ages to meet together in friendship and fellowship. [Read more…]
Junior Church is for the young people of the Church aged between 5 and 13.
A crèche is available for our younger children in a room at the back of the Church. There are windows into the service area and the service is relayed on a speaker system so parents and carers can still feel part of the congregation without fear of their children causing distraction. [Read more…]
Newcomers are warmly welcomed at Eltham Park Methodist Church and we hope that they will quickly feel at home with us. We are a friendly and caring Church family, and we want people to feel valued and special within that family.
The Club was formed in September 2007 and meets on the first Thursday of each month from 7.30pm to 10pm. [Read more…]
The lunch club tries to provide the sort of menu that a person would probably not cook for themselves and it is particularly hoped that those living alone would enjoy eating lunch in the company of others. [Read more…]
The first Eltham Methodists
Methodism first came to Eltham in the mid-19th century, when it was still a village outside London. Sergeant William Rudd, a serving soldier in the Royal Artillery stationed at Woolwich, preached in the local area.
Girlguiding UK is the United Kingdom’s largest voluntary organisation for girls and young women, with about 575,000 members including about 65,000 trained volunteer adult Leaders. [Read more…]
These take place on Sunday mornings as part of our normal service. The Methodist Church offers baptism for babies and children, as well as adults, and in the case of children, a warm welcome into the family of the church is part of the ceremony. We enjoy baptisms at Eltham Park – they are always very happy occasions.
Each week The Boys’ Brigade works with thousands of young people, many of whom have no other connection with the Church. Today we are working with over 60,000 children & young people in over 1500 companies (groups) in the UK & Republic of Ireland every week. [Read more…]
What is the Eltham Park Brotherhood and PSA Society?
We are part of the National Brotherhood and Sisterhood Movement. We are a small orchestra playing predominantly light music, continuing the work of John Blackman 1875. We are part of the National Brotherhood and Sisterhood Movement [Read more…]
The church is spacious and light with a patio outside the front doors for photos. Modest fees are charged for this occasion, and we also have a large hall which could be booked for a reception afterwards, if the ceremony is on a Saturday; but there is a strict no-alcohol policy.
The church can be booked on any day for these services following consultation with the minister who can also advise regarding interment or cremation, which, of course, take place elsewhere.
A small reception can also be booked, depending on the day; but the strict no-alcohol policy applies.
If a man’s life is three score and ten,
Then he should look to nature now and then,
A falling leaf will replenish the soil,
So it’s not a waste of labour’s toil,
And if a man’s life is honest and good,
Then like a leaf to create new wood
Somebody dies, somebody will mourn,
But we must make room for somebody born,
Young trees need room to shoot and sprout
And people need room to move about,
So if you lose a friend or kin
Remember it’s from death that life will begin.
By John Harrison
The following seventeen ‘reflections’ have been written by members of Eltham Park Church congregation. They are personal accounts of individual’s relationships with God, the church and at times an expression of their journey of faith.
THE FIRST TIME I MET JESUS…
He was a man in a story told to me at Sunday school.
I heard about what he had done for me but I never learnt to believe in, rely on or need him.
My stepmother constantly spoke about her complete reliance, faith and trust in him. I listened to her but I was too young to grasp the essence of her words.
I met him again in my early teens and this time, he became a place of rest, refuge and a sanctuary from all the changes that went on following the death of my stepmother.
I look back and I see the presence of Jesus in every phase of my life. There were periods when I was not actively involved in church and yet he never left me.
He has been my friend, my source, my inspiration, my protector and my Lord. He gives me reason to smile everyday in spite of what life throws at me.
I believe the words my stepmother spoke, gave me the instinctive response of turning to Jesus at all times. I am grateful to have had such a person in my life who showed me the way to the man who would become everything to me in life.
Jesus always played the role I wanted him to play in my life.
When I wanted him to be like the book on my shelf that I read once a year, he was just that.
When I needed him to be a pillow, that I could rest on every night, he was that too.
He never intruded in my life, he waited patiently till I turned to him and said “Lord, I need you, I can’t figure my life out on my own” and then he came in and began to order my steps.
He is an ever present help.
He gives me the ability to explore my talents, gifts and abilities and helps me to recognise my shortfalls.
Sometimes, people say to me “How is it that you are able to do so many things”, I always respond “It is God” because I believe all talents and gifts come from God.
As I go on through life, I am learning to get to know Jesus better day by day.
There are times in life when the road ahead is not so clear, when impediments are in the way, when the mouths of many are speaking against the choices I make, when my way is not the most popular, it is at these times that I am most grateful that I met Jesus.
I cannot imagine my life without him.
I first came to Eltham Park in 1971 with our first new born baby boy. My intention was to come for a few weeks just to get him christened! Needless to say the warm welcome I received encouraged me to continue. At first it was for a time for me, an hour when I had the responsibility of parenthood. Florrie Mills would walk the streets with my precious baby during service.
He is now 31 years old, and I have grown as he has through the help and guidance of my family at Eltham Park.
On my visits from USA over the last few years I have attended this church with my mother – I would like to thank everyone for their kindness especially on the loss of father last September. The visits – flowers and words that mean so much – Forever grateful Lynn Stringham (Chicago IL. USA)
I have been coming to this church on and off since 1987 when we moved to the area. My children attended Sunday School, Brownies and Girls Guides. Now my granddaughter attends Brownies.
I think it’s important to give our children a strong foundation in Christ.
It is what sustains me and worship every Sunday together with others is a blessing.
I first came to Eltham Park in the Easter of 1981. I don’t and can’t remember why I wandered in to Westmount Rd., but I came past the church and saw a notice about one of the Easter cantatas. It could have been the Crucifixion, I can’t quite remember. But this was what brought me here.
I stayed away for a while but felt compelled to return. I’m glad I did. I fell ill a few years ago – it was announced in church. I could feel the strength and power of prayer reeling from the congregation – it strengthened my faith, it made me stop thinking “Why me?”
The church brings the community together and helps people go through bad times in forgiveness and struggles, it also helps people move closer to God.
1989 arrived. A return to my roots. I have been brought up in the Methodist church. A speech for peace and time for reflection in a busy frantic week of work and challenge. A source of strength found in the love and fellowship of the church and one’s conversations with God. A belief in the power of prayer in a troubled world.
I came 24 years ago. I came because my children wanted to come to junior church. I returned because Chris Hughes made me so welcome week by week. Now I come for me.
A warm welcome, the fellowship, the informal worship, making it easier to slot in.
A warm friendly atmosphere.
The church and its members offer warmth, caring & a sense of community so that I never need to feel alone.
Personal reflection of what the church means to me.
- Place of worship, praise, glorify and prayer
- worshippers we gather to fellowship, share and strengthen each other
- inherited redemption
- fishermen’s net for all
Faith to me
- comprehension of the fact that our mighty God is love
- devotion which gives me hope.
- Belief in me that our father is always with us and takes control of your lives
- My efforts to live a perfect life.
Personally, the most important thing in humanity is comfort. An atmosphere with warmth, joy and peace from the habitants. Where did I experience this? At Eltham Park Methodist Church. I can’t bear staying longer than a week without the feeling of love, care and kindness which is stretched further to my place of birth Zimbabwe.
On behalf of my family I am happy to be part of Eltham Park Methodist Church Family place where I can grow. God is Good – All the time. I love you all.
Mrs Annie Annah Mokgohloa
One Day in the future the big question will be revealed We/I live in expectation of that happening. We/I will be saved as an consequence. Praise be that it is in Methodists’ way.
We first came to the church regularly when our daughter was a Brownie and later a Guide. Things have changed but we welcome friendship that remained. Religion, we hope, helps us to become friendly and helpful to each other in times of troubles and sorrow.
Having been a church goer when young, I brought my children to Sunday School some 45 years ago. We were made welcome – and enlisted as a teacher almost immediately – and I have worshipped nearly regularly at Eltham Park since.
Why do I come to church? Because the church was offering a moral teaching and a warm welcome. It was a lively church – something seemed to be going on!
What effect faith has had on your life? Here are the thoughts that guide my Christian life:
– God is love
– Free will
What does your God expect of you? – To do just
– to love kindness
– to work humbly with your Lord
Trust and obey – God will not abandon you. God gives us all talents, gifts, graces which we must use to glorify His name.
What is Messy Church?
Messy Church is a church for adults and children to enjoy together.
Its aim is to introduce Jesus, to give an opportunity to encounter him and to grow closer to him.
It usually includes some creative time to explore the biblical theme through getting messy and a celebration time which might involve story, prayer, song or games.
Why not come along to the next Messy Church at Eltham Park Methodist Church?
Toddler Church takes place on Wednesday mornings during term time. It provides an opportunity for local families to worship together during the week. [Read more…]