Welcome to the Walworth Methodist Church Website.
I do not know if this angel over Regent Street looks anything at all like those who announced the birth of Jesus. How ever we may picture them, we Christians believe that these mysterious characters in the nativity story were messengers sent from God. In whatever form they appear, angels are bearers of good news. To the frightened shepherds near Bethlehem, an angel spoke words of reassurance:
“Do not be afraid; for see – I am bringing good news of great joy for all the people…” (Luke 2:10)
In their heavenly proclamation, angels emphasized that God was coming near to all. (It was no accident that one of the very favourite words of the Methodist hymn writer Charles Wesley was the short but significant word all.) The angels’ good news was meant for poor shepherds in the Judean hillside, bustling shoppers in Mayfair, and everyone else.
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among people…” (Luke 2:14)
God’s good news through these divine messengers is that through the gift of Immanuel – God-with-us – God offers peace to the world. In a pointed contrast to the kind of dominating peace proclaimed by the Roman Emperor of the day, the angels offered a glorious alternative. They announced a reconciling peace, a comforting peace, a faith-strengthening peace… a peace ‘not as the world gives…’ (John 14:27)
If you are in need of hearing that message from God this season, come near. Let its reassuring message settle into your anxious heart. Hear its clear tones soar above the noise of political rhetoric. Allow it healing promise to speak God’s loving intentions to people who face violence. Trust its loving entrance into your deepest grief. Accept it as an emboldening commission to follow the ways of the one we call ‘the Prince of Peace’ (Isaiah 9:6).
The best way to receive the Good News is in community. Join us at Walworth Methodist Church…
Along with my colleague Revd. Paul Weary and the entire congregation, I wish you Christ’s Peace this Advent and Christmas season.
Revd. David Markay
Walworth Methodist Church (‘Clubland’) is located on the busy Camberwell Road, midway between the Elephant and Castle and Camberwell Green, at the heart of the London borough of Southwark.
We are a diverse congregation of Christians seeking to love God and neighbour in all we do.
From just a handful of members in the 1970s the church has grown to become one of the largest and most dynamic congregations in British Methodism and supports a wide range of fellowships and activities. Whether you have just moved into the area, or are visiting, or looking for a church, we extend a warm welcome to you.
SUNDAYS AT WALWORTH
Sunday is the day when we, as a church, gather together.
Most Sundays there are two services, at 9.30am and 11am. The 9.30am service is a more ‘traditional’ Methodist service lasting about an hour. The 11am service is longer and reflects the African cultural background of the majority of our members, including African choruses, a walk-up offering, and a time to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and thanksgivings. Robed choirs assist in the leading of worship at both services, with the 11am choir often singing an anthem. Holy Communion is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 9.30am and the 1st Sunday of each month at 11am. There are separate activities for children at the 11am service.
After Sunday worship, there is usually something going on at Walworth – we are a very busy church! Most Sundays at least one of our fellowships meets. Often there will be food, especially if a special thanksgiving service has taken place – or sometimes just because one of our members has something to celebrate and wants to share their joy with others.
ACTIVITIES AND PARTNERSHIPS
Walworth Methodist Church supports a number of fellowships that meet on Sundays and during the week, a lunch club for the elderly and a music school for young people. Details of these can be found on the ‘Church News’ page. We also work in partnership or provide a base for a number of community organisations, including Divine Rescue, Golden Oldies and Southwark Carers.
We are one of seven churches in the Southwark and Deptford Circuit of the Methodist Church.
WALWORTH METHODIST CHURCH (CLUBLAND)
54 CAMBERWELL ROAD,
LONDON SE5 0EW
Phone Number: 020 7703 2477