The extract below is taken fromCPD Volume 2p. 213 which should be referred to for the full text.
Doctrine. The doctrinal standards of the Methodist Church are as follows:
The Methodist Church claims and cherishes its place in the Holy Catholic Church which is the Body of Christ. It rejoices in the inheritance of the apostolic faith and loyally accepts the fundamental principles of the historic creeds and of the Protestant Reformation. It ever remembers that in the providence of God Methodism was raised up to spread scriptural holiness through the land by the proclamation of the evangelical faith and declares its unfaltering resolve to be true to its divinely appointed mission.
The doctrines of the evangelical faith which Methodism has held from the beginning and still holds are based upon the divine revelation recorded in the Holy Scriptures. The Methodist Church acknowledges this revelation as the supreme rule of faith and practice. These evangelical doctrines to which the preachers of the Methodist Church are pledged are contained in Wesley’s Notes on the New Testament and the first four volumes of his sermons.
The Notes on the New Testament and the 44 Sermons are not intended to impose a system of formal or speculative theology on Methodist preachers, but to set up standards of preaching and belief which should secure loyalty to the fundamental truths of the gospel of redemption and ensure the continued witness of the Church to the realities of the Christian experience of salvation.
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, LEARNING & CARING, SERVICE, EVANGELISM
The Church exists to increase awareness of God’s presence and to celebrate God’s love
What helps us to centre our worship on God?
Where and when do we feel the presence of God? How can these experiences enrich services of worship?
What motivates us to study the Bible?
What helps us to express awe and wonder, thankfulness and praise, and love towards God? How can we use resources from the worldwide Church?
What would help our worship to make sense to people who come only occasionally?
Can we improve the comfort and decor of our surroundings and the welcome for people with disabilities?
Is our worship much the same all the time? Should we explore styles and traditions of worship from other denominations and other parts of the world?
LEARNING & CARING
The Church exists to help people to grow and learn as Christians, through mutual support and care
What church activities help us most to deepen our faith in God?
How effective are our small groups, in linking faith to everyday life?
How do we learn about the challenges of Christian life today from churches elsewhere in Britain and the wider world?
Are there peripheral activities we should stop, to make time for our training and learning needs?
What activities make it easy for others to join us? What links do we have with groups using our premises?
What do we expect from our pastors? What do we expect from one another by way of support and care? Do we notice or care about those who drift away or leave?
The Church exists to be a good neighbour to people in need and to challenge injustice
How do we discover the needs in our community and respond to them?
Who is involved in service to the community through charities or community groups? Are there opportunities for more of us to become involved? How do we give attention to the moral issues raised by daily work?
Do we share with one another our concerns about things which do not seem right, or cause trouble in our community, or appear unjust? How do we challenge injustice in other parts of the world?
Are we making the best use of our premises and our money for service to the community? Are we wasting resources? Are we spending our time and resources in ways which are consistent with our beliefs and values?
How does the life of our community, and our involvement in it, feature in the prayers of the church?
The Church exists to make more followers of Jesus Christ
How do we develop friendly attitudes towards everyone we meet?
Do we have a clear message? Are the words we use straightforward and meaningful to those outside the Church?
What attracts others to the Christian faith? Are there initiatives we could take to present our convictions? Can we do this with Christians of other denominations? Where should the focus be – on church premises, or in the community?
How can we learn about effective witness from Christians in other cultures?
What can we do to make our premises more welcoming?
Should we consider planting a new congregation in this locality?
This is our main service for the week where the church family meets together to worship, pray, learn about and meet with God. Everyone is welcome to join us.
During these services the junior church meet at the front of the church (other than family services) before leaving us part way through to go to their own activities. There is also a creche at the back of the church for the under 3’s to play.
During a typical month there is Holy Communion on the first Sunday of the month. The second Sunday is a family service which includes the children and young people for the whole service. Once a quarter the family service is also a parade service where the local uniformed organisations join the service.
Coffee is served in the Coffee Bar after the service for us to join together in fellowship to share news and get to chat with everybody.
Sunday 12:30 PM, Korean Language Service:
For those members of our community who speak Korean we have a Korean language service to enable them to worship and learn about God in their own language. Lunch is served in the small hall after the service.
Chaplain: Rev. Paul Sang-don Han
Sunday 6:30 PM, Evening Service:
Our evening services are held in the Parlour rather the main church to suit the smaller number of people that attend. The services tend to be quieter and more reflective.
On the fifth Sunday of the month there is a combined service with the other churches in the Kingston Methodist Circuit. The service moves around each of the churches in turn.