Woodchurch Methodist Church aims to be a beacon of light and hope in Woodchurch, a Housing Estate of around 10,000 people.
I am employed as a lay worker in the church, supported by a leadership team of seven volunteers. The church is open 7 days a week. Approximately 450-500 adults and children use the premises each week. We provide a home for many community activities.
• Three computer classes per week, in our IT suite of 18 computers, supported by a teacher from Woodchurch High School.
• Working in partnership with the Anglican and RC churches on the estate. An ecumenical Prayer Walk takes place each month involving all three churches. • A weekly Job Club, with a Wirral-wide reach, which gets referrals from the Job Centre.
• Monthly surgeries held by local MP Margaret Greenwood.
• A Community Safety meeting, which we chair, involving local residents and representatives of the Police, Fire Service, Magenta Housing, Wirral Methodist Housing, Wirral Council and other faith communities.
• An annual service for the UK Methodist Tongan community. In 2015, 120 people experienced an amazing service.
• Children excluded from lessons at the local High School come to the church with their teachers for a range of activities.
Fusion – a Bereavement Support group for parents who have lost adult children.
The Shoebox Appeal – an important part of the Church’s Mission: 557 shoeboxes sent to deprived children in Ukraine in 2015.
Other activities at the church include card-making, bread making, a Fun & Fitness group, a Dance School, Knit and Natter, and Thursday lunches followed by Bible study.
We try to serve the local community in many different ways, form partnerships wherever possible, and with our Ecumenical partners, work for the peace and prosperity of the area. – Dave Smith