Stowmarket

Regent Street, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1RJ


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 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.

Times of Services: 10.45am

Minister:  Revd Rita Carr 

Tel: 01449 259379

Accessibility at Stowmarket:-

Stowmarket Interior

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 Entrance;

  • Accessible Toilet;

  • Loop;

  • Large Print.

Recent Events:- 

CIRCUIT SERVICE:-

On Sunday 29th September, we held a special Circuit Service led by Rev Julian Pursehouse, Chair of our East Anglia District.  This was our Local Preachers' Reaffirmation Service.  We began with a Tea/Coffee and Cake with our act of worship following.

FAMILY FUN DAY:-


Funday

On a very hot August Bank Holiday Saturday, Churches Together in Stowmarket organised a Fun Day on the green outside the Parish Church and we had use of their hall and kitchen too. The main organisers were people from the New Life Church, but other Churches and the Town Pastors took on various roles.

There was a barbecue, cream teas were served, table top games, a ‘balloon man’, face painters, bouncy castle etc. The fun was for anyone and everyone in Stowmarket and the blessing was IT WAS ALL FREE. We had quite a few people who wanted to give us money, but no it was all free.

It was a wonderful opportunity for Christians in Stowmarket to meet the hundreds of people who came to the event.


Improvements to Premises:-

Stowmarket Methodist Church are presently improving their premises.  The kitchen refurbishment was completed in 2018, and work is now due to commence on the church hall, for which consent has now been obtained. The membership is also looking at having the pews replaced at a later date.

Regular Events:-

  • 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.

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.