Eltham Park Methodist Church

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Minister: Rev. Stephen Maunder
Church Address: Westmount Road, Eltham, London, SE9 1XX
Church Profile:
'The open Book, the Table open to all'
Our worship is rooted in the core values of Methodism and we offer a warm welcome to all to share the life of our church. Why not join us in the traditional Sunday morning service at 10.30 to 11.30 and enjoy a cup of coffee with new friends afterwards? Or you might like the less traditional Toddler Church on Wednesdays and the monthly Messy Church after school. We celebrate communion once a month and enjoy a Family Parade service every two months.
You will find a wide range of weekly and monthly activites catering for all ages. We are proud of our Edwardian church and our newly-refurbished premises, which are well used by a number of enthusiastic groups. You will be sure to find something that you and your family can enjoy.

Our Church, as its name would imply, is near a park, but not just one park; the area is surrounded by parks and ancient woodland (the hunting ground of kings). Now, if you hear horses clattering by it will be the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery on exercise round the streets of Eltham.

Look round our church when bright sunlight sparkles through our Tudor-style windows falling on a large wooden cross and a Memorial Book containing the names of our forebears – the building blocks of our church community. In the entrance hall stands the foundation stone of Eltham’s original Methodist Chapel in Elizabeth Terrace built in 1838.  Methodism was brought to Eltham by Sergeant William Rudd of the Royal Artillery, Woolwich. History records that, “He was a man of religious zeal who brought God’s work to people wherever he was stationed.”

People arrive and a band starts practising reviving memories of our Boys Brigade band waking up sleepy residents as they played their way down Earlshall Road before a Parade Service.  In the next room there are children’s voices and you hear echoes of the past – quiet times in Church and Sunday School, fun times with youth clubs, church rambles, outings, Christmas and acting out the Nativity in Church - once, it was filmed on a farm! 

Now, we are a small church with a congregation of about sixty people.  Most of us are retired, but we are striving to make church attractive and accessible to the many young families who live in the surrounding area. Eltham is a good place to live with its many open spaces. Community activities abound centred around the park cafes and the facilities of the local churches. This has been a benefit to us and our buildings buzz with activity - choirs, orchestras, dancing classes, Flower Club, Taekwondo, classes for maths and English, etc giving us a useful income. We have a good relationship with our main user, the

Miracle Centre Assemblies of God, and their minister occasionally takes our morning service before leading his own service in the afternoon. 

We run a ToddlerChurch on Wednesday mornings during term time and this has been very successful. In the autumn, we hope to start monthly Messy Church sessions after school so that we can keep a link with the “toddlers” who have started school,  and a weekday evening service once a month in the hope that having church at a different time might attract younger people.

For ourselves, we enjoy worship, including the café services which Stephen has introduced, singing with our small choir, coffee mornings, running Lunch Club for older members and friends, and our Second Tuesday Ladies’ Group.  We are always happy to welcome friends from the Circuit who would like to visit us.

Church Services:
Sunday        10.30am - Morning Service
                   6.30pm - Evening Service as advertised
Weekly Programme:
Sunday          3pm Eltham Park Brotherhood & PSA Society (small orchestra)
    (Last Sunday of the month)
Tuesday 7.45pm 'Second Tuesday Group'
    (Ladies Group which meets on the second Tuesday of the month)
Wednesday 9.30-11.30am Toddler Church
    (term time only)
  1pm Luncheon Club
    (Last Wednesday of the month)
  6-7pm Anchor Boys
  6.30-7.30pm Junior Boys Brigade
  7.30-9.30pm Company Section & Seniors Boys Brigade
Thursday 5.45-7pm Rainbows
  6-7.30pm Brownies
  7.30-10pm Flower Arranging Group
    (First Thursday of the month)
Friday  6.15-8pm Guides
Saturday 10.30-12 noon Coffee morning in the Church Cafe Area
    (third Saturday of the month)