Short History of Barkingside Methodist Church
Late 20C There followed another period of consolidation with Revs. George Thompson Blake, a former journalist and regular contributor to the local paper, Paul Guest and John Miller bringing their strengths of spiritual worship and pastoral care to the membership
n minister Rev. Keith Underhill and his wife, at the turn of the 21st century, encouraged many young people to take up membership of the church and two of them are now full time Christian Workers. Some of the adult members enjoyed the Disciple Bible study courses he led. The church premises teemed with life both from church organisations and outside bookings.
21 C -
Children and Young People continue to enjoy being part of the thriving uniformed organisations with weekly meetings on our premises. Some 30+ Primary school children are attracted to the Sunday afternoon workshops held 3x a year and upward of 100 children register (approx 70 attend each day) for the Holiday Club held in the first week of the summer school holiday -
During the last 30 or so years there has been discussion with the Anglican and Methodist Churches re union. Ecumenical relationships are now very good through NIFOC, Good Friday walk of witness is important, followed by activities for the children. Other ecumenical services and Lent lunches at each church also happen through NIFOC. Fun in the Park in the summer is great too.
At the opening of the 21st century Rev Michael Moon introduced various styles of worship, supported by the new computer/screen.
Currently, we have a new social activity club on the Thursday afternoon, Bible study on first and third Tuesdays, with coffee, tea and friendly chat.
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