KENNINGTON METHODIST CHURCH

   

Kennington Methodist Church is situated in Upper Road, Kennington, very close to the centre of the village and adjacent to Edith Court, the Anchor sheltered housing complex. Built in 1967, it is the newest of the three churches in the village and has a membership of 30.

Services are held each Sunday at 10.30 a.m. preceded by a quiet time of prayer at 10 a.m. Holy Communion is celebrated once a month as the central part of the morning worship. Services are conducted by ordained ministers and by lay-people from the Oxford Methodist Circuit. There is a Junior Church which caters for children and young people of all ages.

Evening services are held on special occasions at 6.30 p.m., and go round the three village churches in turn - Anglican, Roman Catholic, and Methodist. This is part of the very strong ecumenical spirit which exists among the Christian communities in the village, and united services are also held in the Village Centre from time to time.

There are also house groups run in conjunction with the other churches.

The Methodist Church also houses the Kennington Link Women's Institute, the Kennington History Society, a Round Dance group, the Kennington Trefoil Guild and the large Kennington & District United Church Choir which gives concerts of opera and oratorio in various parts of Oxfordshire for local, national and overseas charities. Since its formation in 1967, the Choir has raised over 300,000 in this way. There is also a very popular Coffee Morning held in the Church on the second Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m., and the building is a favourite venue for children's parties.

The Methodist Church in Kennington serves all the Free Church traditions in the village. It started in the homes of various members in 1961, meeting later in the Parish Church Hall and the Village Hall before having the resources to erect its own building in 1967. A small but very lively Church, with a strong musical tradition, it is part of the Oxford Methodist Circuit. Its Minister is the Revd. Rosemary Davies, who also cares for the Methodist churches in Headington and Horspath.

The Church offers the warmest of welcomes to everyone - visitors and residents alike - and families are particularly welcome.

If you would like to know more, please contact Trevor Cowlett, one of the Church Stewards; his e-mail address is trevor@cowlett.co.uk.

We would be delighted to hear from you.