The Methodist Church is a part of the wider Christian community. Founded in the 18th century by John Wesley, Methodists have always been clear that no-one is beyond the reach of God’s love, and have sought to demonstrate this in practical ways.
Methodist Churches seek to be inclusive – welcoming those of all backgrounds, nationalities and lifestyles.
We believe God calls us to:
- celebrate God's love
- increase awareness of God's presence
- help each other grow and learn as Christians, through mutual support and care
- be a good neighbour to people in need
- challenge injustice
- to encourage others to follow Jesus Christ
Some of the things that make us distinctive include:
- an emphasis on the contribution each person can make in serving God and in the life of the church
- the importance of meeting together in small groups
- an approach to faith that encourages interaction and reflection between:
- Scripture (the Bible)
- Tradition (the wisdom and creativity of Christians over time)
- Reason (using critical thinking to make sense of the world and loving God with our minds as well as heart)
- Experience (our own experience of God's grace at work in our lives)
You can find out more about Methodism on the Methodist Church website.