Latchford Methodist Church is part of the Methodist Church of Great Britain and Ireland and the worldwide Methodist Church. Started by Anglican Priest John Wesley in 1738, after he had a powerful experience of the Holy Spirit which turned his life around. Gradually a new movement grew as groups of followers set up their own churches.
As Methodists we believe that ‘All need to be saved. All may be saved. All may know themselves saved. All may be saved to the uttermost.’ We believe that Jesus is the incarnate Son of God and that he died and rose again after three days. When he finally returned to his Father he sent his Holy Spirit to the world to enable all those who follow him to live life to the full.
Methodism has four basic callings:
Worship – through worship we offer praise and thanks to God, experience his presence with us and celebrate his love.
Learning and Caring – Through Bible study and fellowship, often in small groups, we seek to learn and understand more about our faith and to support each other through prayer and practical help.
Service – Methodism has always placed a strong emphasis on care for others both at home and abroad. MHA and Action for Children have their roots in Methodism and maintain strong links today, but individuals and churches are also involved in issues of injustice and poverty, the environment, the marginalised and persecuted. Latchford Methodist Church supports Warrington Food Bank and Room at the Inn as well as raising funds throughout the year for various charities both local and worldwide.
Evangelism – The church seeks to make more followers of Jesus Christ. At Latchford we do this through our worship services and building up relationships with the local community, e.g. schools, nursing homes and other community groups.
The following saying of John Wesley is still relevant to Methodists today.
“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.”
If you would like to learn more about Methodism then the Methodist Church of Great Britain website has a treasure trove of useful information.