Welcome to East Oldham Methodist Church

East Oldham's Vision is

"To know Jesus and to make Him Known"

Which is underpinned by our values:

Jesus is the centre of all we do Everyone is encouraged and enabled to use their gifts/potential Respect and value all people – showing God’s love to all. Nurturing through teaching and support. Prayer underpins everything.



We are a family-friendly, Bible based church of about 70 adults and children who meet for worship each Sunday.morning.  East Oldham Methodist Church is committed to sharing the love of Jesus Christ with everyone in this community, because we believe the message of God’s unconditional love and the transformation he can bring to our lives needs to be offered to everyone.

We invite you to find a home in our church, a place of welcome, a place of support, and an opportunity to question and be challenged. But most especially we hope you find here the same Jesus we have found and come to know and to love.

As a church we are involved in activities both within our building and in the wider community, sharing with others in trying to make our town a better place

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Worship

Sunday Service

10:45am

The style and content of our morning worship service varies each week throughout the month. Our music is generally led by our Worship group. The worship songs we use are a mixture of modern, contemporary and traditional. The words of the worship songs are projected on a large screen for easy viewing. We sometimes use drama or video to illustrate a point.

Everyone stays together for a mix of worship, prayer and a children's spot during the first part of our service, then the young people leave for their own age related activities . A creche is provided for toddlers as necessary. Once per month we have a Communion Service where we share bread and wine to remind us of Jesus sacrifice for us on the cross.

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Please click on each image below to go to that activity page

Please note that there are no regular children's day-time activities during school holiday periods. However please see events section for occasional school holiday activities

Monday Weekly at church 10am - 11am
Monday Church Prayer 6.30pm at Church
Monday Beverley 12:30am at Church Vestry
Tuesday 9.30am to 11.00am
Wednesday 6.00pm -7.00pm
Wednesday 7pm -8.30pm
Thursday Last Thursday of each month at 1pm
Sunday 10.45am - Everyone welcome

We have a number of Cell Groups & Bible study house groups, which meet during the week.
Please contact us for more specific details.

Activities for Adults

Bible Study Groups

We have Bible study groups weekly or fortnightly through the year . These are in the homes of our members.The groups are very informal, friendly and fun times. These groups last in the region of two hours.

Cell GroupsGroups

We also run weekly "Cell Groups" at a variety of times and locations throughout the day for ladies and men separately. The format of the meeting is a short time of sharing of blessings from the previous week, followed by a devotional and we finish with prayers relating our concerns for friends, family and ourselves. These groups last precisely one hour.

Contact one of the Church leaders to get pointed to a group that would suit you.

Weekly Activities for Children

Tadpoles Club

Sunday 11.15-12.00pm

Our exciting Sunday school for under 5yr olds that runs alongside our Morning service includes fun and crafts, alongside teaching from the Bible.

F.R.O.G.S Club

Sunday 11.15-12.00pm

Our exciting Sunday school for 5 -12yr olds that runs alongside our Morning service includes fun and crafts, alongside teaching from the Bible

GirlGuiding U.K. is an organisation for girls which provides skills for life with a fun packed programme and opportunities to gain lots of interest badges.

Wednesday 6.00pm Rainbows (5 - 7 yrs) 7.00pm Brownies (7 - 11yrs)

If you have daughters who would be interested in joining a GirlGuiding group please contact Valerie Roscoe by email on va.roscoe@yahoo.co.uk

SAFEGUARDING POLICY

Our church safeguarding policy covers all of our children’s and young people’s organisations. We seek to provide a safe and encouraging environment for all children and young people who come into our building. All our leaders and helpers have filled in the safeguarding register forms that are required under current law.

Community Involvement

Groups of our church members are involved with several local organisations and we are seeking ways of helping and reaching out to the people of our local community.
Examples of our church members local involvement include:

Rainbows & Brownies provide fun and skills development for young girls

New to Church?

Welcome!

Whether you've just moved to the area, or have lived here all your life - we hope the website helps you find out what you want to know about East Oldham Methodist Church.

When & where does our church meet?

We meet every Sunday at 10.45am for our Sunday Morning Service. There will be a few people around from about 9.30am so you're welcome to come early, meet some of our team and have a drink. There is parking available at the side of our Church building and we have access by a ramp to our main entrance.

Is there a dress code?

No, just wear something that you are comfortable with! Our people come in a variety of clothes from shirt and tie to jeans and t-shirts. Even our minister will wear casual clothes.

What to expect when I visit the church

You can expect a warm welcome, great worship, and a friendly bunch of people gathering to learn more about God. We are very informal. We are a group of people of all ages and different cultural backgrounds. Do join us for a drink and snacks after the service to get to know some people from the church.

We have no set or reserved seats. You are welcome to sit wherever, and with whoever, you like.

We sing a mix of new songs accompanied by a range of instruments. The words are projected on to a large screen.

You can join in, or simply sit and listen, as you prefer.

What happens for the Children and Young People at church?

Children and young people are really welcome. They normally stay with the adults for the first 20 - 30 minutes of our Morning Services, then go to their own age related groups with a children's leader and a helper. All our leaders have been cleared for criminal records checks for safeguarding of young and vulnerable people. If your children wish stay in the main Service with you, that is fine. You are also welcome to go to their class with them, to see what are doing and to help them settle in. And stay with them as long as you wish. For the younger children under five, as is necessary, we intend to have a creche room where they can play with their guardians and a church leader. We hope to relay the Service content to a speaker, so that you will not miss out the worship and preaching. We have some children and young people joining us each week. We encourage them to go out into classes with leaders to learn more about God. We believe that children of all ages can fully encounter God and the Holy Spirit and be equipped with His gifts. We encourage them to pursue an intimate relationship with God.

Who we are

We are a group of about 75 people. East Oldham Methodist Church is committed to sharing the love of Jesus Christ with everyone in this community, because we believe the message of God’s unconditional love and the transformation he can bring to our lives needs to be offered to everyone.

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How do I become a Christian?

The central theme of the Bible is God's love for you and for all people. This love was revealed when Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came into the world as a human being, lived a sinless life, died on the cross, and rose from the dead. Because Christ died, your sins can be forgiven, and because He conquered death you can have eternal life. You can know for sure what will happen to you after you die.

You have probably heard the story of God's love referred to as the 'Gospel'. The word Gospel simply means 'Good News'. The Gospel is the Good News that, because of what Christ has done on the cross, we can be forgiven and can live forever.

But this gift of forgiveness and eternal life cannot be yours unless you willingly receive it. God requires an individual response from you. The following verses from the Bible show God's part and yours in this process:


God's Love is revealed in the Bible

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." —John 3 verse 16

God loves you. He wants to bless your life and make it full and complete. And He wants to give you a new life which will last forever, even after you experience physical death.

We Are Sinful

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." —Romans 3verse 23

You may have heard someone say, "I'm only human—nobody's perfect." This Bible verse above says the same thing: We are all sinners. We all do things that we know are wrong. And that's why we feel separated from God—because God is holy and good, and we are not.

Sin Has a Penalty

"For the penalty of sin is death." —Romans 6 verse 23

Just as criminals must pay the penalty for their crimes, sinners must pay the penalty for their sins. If you continue to do wrong things, you will pay the penalty of spiritual death: You will not only die physically; you will also be separated from our Holy God for all eternity. The Bible teaches that those who choose to remain separated from God will spend eternity in a place called hell.

Christ Has Paid Our Penalty!

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." —Romans 5 verse 8

The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ, the sinless Son of God, has paid the penalty for all your sins. You may think you have to lead a good life and do good deeds before God will love you. But the Bible says that Christ loved you enough to die for you, even when you were rebelling against Him.

Salvation Is a Free Gift

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast." —Ephesians 2 verses 8-9

The word grace means "undeserved kindness". It means God is offering you something you could never provide for yourself: forgiveness of sins and eternal life. God's gift to you is free. You do not have to work for a gift. All you have to do is joyfully receive it. Believe with all your heart that Jesus Christ died for you!

Christ Is at Your Heart's Door

"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me." Revelation 3 verse 20

Jesus Christ wants to have a personal relationship with you. Picture, if you will, Jesus Christ standing at the door of your heart (the door of your emotions, intellect and will). Invite Him in; He is waiting for you to receive Him into your heart and life.

You Must Receive Him

"Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God." — John 1 verse 12

When you receive Christ into your heart you become a child of God, and have the privilege of talking to Him in prayer at any time about anything. The Christian life is a personal relationship to God through Jesus Christ. And best of all, it is a relationship that will last for all eternity.

if you would like to the step of asking Jesus in your life, right now. You may want to use the prayer below, maybe in your bedroom.

Lord Jesus Christ,

I am sorry for the things I've done wrong in my life. Please forgive me. Thank you that with your strength I can turn now from everything which I know is wrong.

Thank you that you died on the cross for me so that I could be forgiven and set free. I want to accept that great gift, and ask you to fill me with your Spirit and be leader of my life.

Amen.

What should you do next?

If you are making this commitment to Christ today, tell someone you know who is a Christian, and let us know by contacting our minister Ian Heath or one of the church leaders. We would like to help you grow in your faith

What We Believe

We believe that men, women and children matter to God. Even if they don’t know it yet. So we’re here to meet them wherever they are at, with Biblical teaching and the good news that God cares about them and wants to be involved their everyday challenges, dreams and heartbreaks.

Core Convictions

Our work

Groups of our church members are involved with several local organisations and we are seeking ways of helping and reaching out to the people of our local community.

WELCOMER ROTA July - October 2018

Oct 7th Barbara
Oct 14th Lynda
Oct 21st Jeanette
Oct 28th Margaret
Nov 4th Eddie
Nov 11th Brenda
Nov 18th Doreen
Nov 25th Jessie
Dec 2nd Karolyn
Dec 9th Olive
Dec 16th Margaret
Dec 23rd Barbara
Dec 30th Jeanette

Money Matters

How we handle our money really matters to God. That's why Jesus talked so much about it. Sixteen of the 38 of Jesus's parables were concerned with how to handle money and possesions. Indeed Jesus said more about money than almost any other subject. The Bible has 500 verses on prayer, fewer than 500 on faith, but more than 2350 on money and possesions.

Debt and handling of money is a major problem for church and non - church going people that causes major problems and stresses to 1 in 3 families in the UK.

God Cares

The good news is God cares about people struggling with the problems caused by debt. There are ways out of debt and there are several non fee organisations that can help. Some of them can even speak to your creditors and possibly get your interest payments reduced and advice you on how to wisely budget with the money you have.

Money Makeover

Martin Lewis of MoneySavingExpert.com says "The average person in the UK could give themselves an effective 25% pay rise by stopping wasting money. This isn't by 'cutting out cappuccinos', it's by systematically working through all bills & products to ensure you've the best deal on everything. This is a five-step plan to overhaul your finances and save £1,000s. For Martin Lewis's Money Saving Advice.

Debt & Bugeting Advice

If you would like budgeting or debt advice clicking on any of the images below will take you to website of an organisation that can help you.

About us

East Oldham Methodist Church is part of the world-wide Methodist Connexion and locally is part of the Oldham and Saddleworth Methodist Circuit.

The Church is governed by a Church Council that usually meets 3 times per year. The Council members are the Managing Trustees.

The Church has a leadership team that is headed up by our minister Reverend Ian Heath. Ian is the Circuit Superintendent and also has pastoral responsibility for Limeside and South Chadderton Methodist churches.

There are presently 4 lay members on the leadership team.

The Leadership team has responsibility for all aspects of the day to day running of the church.

Other lay church members also have responsibility for leading groups and activities in the church such as:

  • Worship services
  • Frogs
  • Rainbows and Brownies
  • Baby Boogies
  • Wives Group
  • Spiritual Scrapbooking
  • Cell Groups
  • Bible study Groups
  • Fareshare food distribution
  • Messy Church
  • ‘Eat and Play’
  • ‘Experience’ events with schools
  • Property and Finance matters

Contact Support: beverleyahouston@gmail.com