Stowmarket Methodist Church is a warm, friendly and caring church.
Our mission is to be a welcoming, open, worshipping, witnessing and supportive Christian family, endeavouring to reach out to the local community.
A 19th Century Church is the centre for a warm, friendly and caring congregation of some 25 to 30 people. A number of new people have been received into church membership in recent months. We have a church newsletter, "Contact", and our own Facebook page.
With large ancillary premises built in the 1960s, there is space for the lively uniformed groups to meet during the week. Every fortnight there is an ecumenical women's meeting on Thursday evenings. Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month. The main Sunday service is in the morning and evening services are held occasionally and for special Sundays.
Stowmarket Methodist Church is aiming to grow spiritually and create space spiritually for people, to confirm our beliefs and share the love of the Lord. We aim to create relevant and varied forms of worship using modern technology and establishing mid-week services of a different format.
As part of our work and mission, we will be finding out what the local community needs and how we can serve and increase the use of the hall and our income to promote God's work. We may reintroduce occasional Prayer Walks around the neighbourhood and be part of the Churches Together initiative to provide a meal once a week during the school holidays.
Address of Church:
Regent Street, Stowmarket,
Suffolk, IP14 1RJ
Church Telephone No and Fax: 01449 614264
Times of Services: 10.45am
Name of Minister: Revd Rita Carr
Minister’s Telephone No: 01449 612619
Accessibility at Stowmarket:-
The Methodist Church wishes to be an environment where all feel welcome and cared for. In order to allow for widest possible access, this church has the following facilities available:
- Wheelchair Accessible Access
- Accessible Toilet
- Large Print
Recent Events & Activities:-
On Friday 28th September there was a
Coffee Morning in aid of McMillan Cancer Support, and on Saturday 13th
October Stowmarket Methodist Church had an "Away Day" at Assington Hall. Here you can see some of us arriving for our day of retreat and inspiration at this beautiful location and enjoying tea and coffee outside in the lovely weather!
You can see more pictures of our Away Day and keep up-to-date with news of our work and life on Facebook. Please click on the link!
Stowmarket Methodist Church celebrated its Anniversary on Sunday 13th May 2018, including an Act of Holy Communion with Rev Rita Carr leading. Testimonies were given during this very special service.
Improvements to Premises:-
Stowmarket Methodist Church are presently improving their premises. The kitchen refurbishment was completed earlier this year, and work is now due to commence on the church hall. The membership is also looking at having the pews replaced at a later date.
- Coffee Mornings on the forecourt of our Church;
- Fortnightly Thursday Ladies' Group - 7:00pm - 9:00pm - this is held throughout the year, fulfils a social and community function, brings ladies together from across the town and offers the particularly spiritual dimension of Methodism;
- Weekly Bible Study Group held on Wednesday Mornings, 10:00am - 11:30am.
At Christmas Time, carol singing takes place on the church forecourt twice before Christmas. Small gifts are distributed for housebound members, and Stowmarket Methodist Church also supplies many mince pies, blankets, washbags, towels, knitted hats and other articles to the Whitechapel Mission.
Parade Service for the Uniformed Groups usually takes place at the end of January.
Other Mission Work:-
As a member of Churches Together in Stowmarket, the Methodist Church supports many of their functions, including Christian Aid.
Support is also given to the town's Food Bank which provides individuals and families who are in crisis in Stowmarket and the surrounding area with emergency food parcels. Another work that is supported by Stowmarket Methodist Church is the local Town Pastors, a friendly, visible Christian presence in the town centre on Friday evenings.