What We Believe
We believe, and our experience tells us, that Jesus changes lives and gives us rich resources for living.
The core message of the Christian faith is love and we aim to show this within our local church communities and through worshipping God together each week, as well as in the wider communities of which we are part.
We believe that through Jesus we are brought back home to God, and can find guidance for our decisions, and a purpose in life. All the rubbish of our past is forgiven and the slate wiped clean. We believe that God loves each one of us, just as we are, and gives us the power (through the Holy Spirit) to change for the better.
We love to sing and socialise together, to build up, challenge and stimulate our faith. Our teaching is based on the Bible, and we study it together to understand how to apply it to our daily lives in the 21st Century. The other sources of our authority are experience, reason and tradition – all four work together to give us guidance.
Methodists have a passion for social justice – for example, Methodists were among the campaigners against the slave trade in the 18th Century and for better working conditions for factory workers and farm labourers in the 19th Century.
We aim to keep up this work in many ways: nationally through the Joint Public Issues Team which works on behalf of several of the free churches including our own and locally through Methodist projects such as the Bristol Methodist Centre in Lawrence Hill, providing services for people who are homeless. We regularly collect donations for all sorts of charities, local and international.Our worship includes a mix of traditional and new hymns and songs, and decisions about church life are shared by church members. We celebrate Holy Communion about once a month in each of the congregations, as we remember that Jesus died for us by sharing bread and wine.* We keep an open table, welcoming all.
We are part of the UK and worldwide Methodist Church - https://www.methodist.org.uk/
*We use non-alcoholic wine