In 1999 Neston Methodist Church & Community Centre opened following a redevelopment of the premises. The building has been a real benefit to the community: it houses the Age UK Neston Office, the Neston Community Cyber Centre, and provides a hall and community rooms for local activities. These include The Tea Pot (providing refreshments and outings for over-60s), a number of Keep Fit and exercise/dance classes, Hip ‘n’ Harmony rehearsals, and a Foodbank Collection Point. We are also the host church for Ellesmere Port Christian Fellowship.
More than that, it has also given us an opportunity to develop a range of service and outreach opportunities in Neston. In all of our activities, as one of churches within the Wirral Methodist Circuit, Neston strives to commit to the 3 Missional Priorities – working amongst the deprived, providing outreach to children & families, and serving God through discipleship and pastoral care. Here are just some of the ways in which we are expressing that commitment.
A warm welcome awaits you at The Welcome Café from our Volunteer staff, serving home baked cakes, pies, and freshly made sandwiches, toast, and baked potatoes with a variety of fillings. Coffee, hot chocolate and Fairtrade tea are also served.
We aim to provide a warm, welcoming space where everyone can meet and make friends, or just have a quiet moment.
As part of our outreach, we have a “Pastoring” team drawn from the local churches, including Rev Marcus Torchon (Neston Methodist Church), Mark Thomas (Little Neston Methodist Church), and Len Sloan (NMC) who will call upon customers desiring pastoral care & prayer opportunities.
The Café also promotes goods and information as part of our Church’s commitment to Fairtrade, as well as issuing our own Food Vouchers (redeemed in the Café) as a way of helping local people in need. Wi fi is available to customers thanks to the Neston Community Cyber Centre.
From time to time special events are held, such as the Queen’s Birthday Tea, Neston Ladies Day Afternoon Tea, Fairtrade Fortnight, to provide events that can be accessed locally. If you are passing by in Neston on a Friday morning, then why not call in?
An exciting new venture opened in March 2015 for Babies & Toddlers and their Carers. We have several regular family groups and a number of occasional visitors. The session starts with church based musical and craft activities and a short Bible story followed by Tea & Toast and playtime in the Tea Pot Room.
It remains a mystery as to how the knitted mice escape from their basket every Wednesday night, but rumour has it that they practise their musical instruments and singing!
Several church members take turns to lead a session or help with setting up and clearing away. New families and carers and Church Mice helpers are very welcome, 9.45 am – 11.30 am on Thursdays during School term times.
Friday Shoppers’ Fellowship Service
We all need spiritual nourishment. Sometimes we can’t get to church on Sunday or we need to find a listening ear.
Why not visit Neston’s Historic Market held each Friday and enjoy a spiritual pick-me-up at 10.30 am in the Neston Methodist Chapel: half-an-hour of fellowship, as friends from various churches in the area come together for a relaxed time of sharing, praying and worship. Then into the Welcome Café for refreshments and more sharing and chatting.
It’s a recipe for a good Friday morning!