WHO WE ARE

ABOUT OUR CHURCH


Who We Are


OUR CHURCH FAMILY


We concentrate our prayers, resources, imagination and commitments to this priority:

To proclaim and affirm its conviction of God’s love in Christ, for us and for all the world; and renew confidence in God’s presence and action in the world and in the Church

As ways towards realising this priority, we will give particular attention to:

  • Underpinning everything we do with God-centred worship and prayer
  • Supporting community development and action for justice, especially among the most deprived and poor – in Britain and worldwide
  • Developing confidence in evangelism and in the capacity to speak of God and faith in ways that make sense to all involved
  • Encouraging fresh ways of being Church
  • Nurturing a culture in the Church which is people-centred and flexible

SERVICE TIMES

Sundays at 10:30 and 18:30

LOCATION

Queensway
Poulton-le-Fylde
FY6 7ST


OUR MISSION

The calling of the Methodist Church is to respond to the gospel of God’s love in Christ and to live out its discipleship in worship and mission
It does this through:

WORSHIP

Our Church exists to increase awareness of God’s presence and to celebrate God’s love

LEARNING & CARING

Our Church exists to help people to grow and learn as Christians, through mutual support and care

SERVICE

The Church exists to be a good neighbour to people in need and to challenge injustice

EVANGELISM

Our Church exists to make more followers of Jesus Christ


OUR VISION

A place where a person with no church background can come and feel comfortable and enjoy the service because the atmosphere will be friendly. The sermons are always practical, biblical and relevant. The music is contemporary and upbeat.

A church that is fun for the entire family, a church where kids want to go because they have a great time experiencing God’s love. A church that builds families.

These dreams are being fulfilled because they are inspired by God!

A church that helps every member find their ministry and lets them use their gifts and abilities to meet other’s needs. We believe the church is at her best when the doors are open to all of who have an interest in learning about the Christian faith. Wherever you are on your journey, regardless of where you fall on the deep questions of faith, our community is open to you.


OUR STAFF

Rev. Paul Critchley

Minister

Deacon Jo Critchley

Deacon

Barbara Banes

Senior Steward

May Gandhi

Steward

Dr. Ron Rhodes

Steward

Carol Sykes

Steward & Worship Leader


POULTON METHODISTS - OUR FOUNDATIONS

Methodism in Poulton goes back to the late 18th Century when two lay preachers, based at the Methodist Society in Preston, visited and preached in the town around the time of John Wesley’s death in 1791. A small Methodist Society began to meet in a room at the rear of the Kings Arms, now the Royal Bank of Scotland.

The first chapel was built in Back Street, now Chapel Street, in 1819. About 40 years later a larger chapel was built, followed, in the late 1880’s, by another. A plaque at the corner of Chapel Street and Queens Square records the site of this chapel. A few members of our current church worshipped in this chapel.

THE METHODIST CHURCH @ QUEENSWAY

As the population of Poulton grew, especially in the 1950’s, the premises in Chapel Street were no longer adequate and it was decided to build a new church on what became Queensway. It was opened just under 50 years ago in 1965, a very modern building at the time. The architect who designed it was inspired by Poulton’s maritime connections; some of its features reflected this – a prow shaped pulpit, copper lanterns and black wood window frames which were a reminder of the timber frames of the old trading ships.

In 2004 the church embarked on a renewal scheme. Essential repairs were needed, but, more important, the aim was to create a flexible, comfortable church more suitable for modern worship and as a base for its mission in Poulton. The coffee shop, a focus for outreach, was later included in the plans.

Work was completed in late 2008. The new sanctuary captures all that was intended: a modern, spacious, flexible place of worship, and the newly created chapel is special place of quiet. Focal points have changed. Modern new furniture has replaced the fixed pews and pulpit and the centre-piece is a wall hanging created by Juliet Hemingray which is full of meaning and reminds us in the final panel that our church is not just a beautiful place but one which must seek in its mission to be fishers of men.