Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord Romans 8:39
Welcome to Marlborough Road Methodist Church
Christ’s welcome is for everyone.
Our Calling is to respond to the gospel of God’s love in Christ and to live out its discipleship in worship and mission.
We are called to let our whole way of life respond to God’s call,
Letting life grow in each one of us every day,
Nurturing life in the Church,
Bringing life to the World.
This is the Methodist Way.
A Time to Remember: All Souls Day Service, Sun. 31st October 3pm
We are conscious of the long and sad journey of bereavement, and we invite you, your family and friends to come to our annual service for All Souls Day. The service will be a chance for all those who have been bereaved in recent times to come together and remember and give thanks for the life of their loved one(s). If you would like the name of your friend or relative to be read out in the Service, please let Reverend Rosemary Fletcher know (email@example.com) and the name(s) will be included in the prayers during the service.
Worship is different from pre-Covid 19 times and it will help our arrangements if you let Rosemary know (on 01727 837371 or the above email) if you are planning to come and she will let our track and trace officer know who will also be able to reserve you a suitable seat(s). You can contact her any time in the week starting Oct. 24th but preferably before 6pm on at. 30th October. Please bring a mask.
See Events and Thinking Lunches and Evenings pages for upcoming events.
Coronavirus Update (28th August 2021)
The church is open for Worship on Sundays at 10:30am. Following the relaxation of regulations in July 2021 the Church’s Covid-19 group met to decide how to respond to these relaxations:
- The group recognised that we have a duty of care to all those using our premises and that there may be some attending who are not vaccinated and some who are clinically vulnerable.
- It was therefore agreed that face coverings should continue to be used.
- It was agreed that singing can now take place but only if a face covering is worn to limit the spread of aerosols.
- Seating spacing has been reduced from 2m to 1-1.25m.
- Social distancing of at least 1m should continue to be observed.
We know that many regular worshippers are not able to attend so both the services prepared for the St. Albans and Welwyn Methodist Circuit and the written notices continue to be provided to members and friends.
Our use of the building is in accordance with the guidance from the Methodist Church and we have produced:
- a Covid-19 Policy which describes our approach to Covid safety and includes a seating plan of the church;
- Guidance for Holy Communion;
- Guidance for Users;
- Guidance for Organisers;
- Guidance for Junior Church Leaders;
- Guidance for Junior Church Parents.
We thank the Covid-19 group who have worked hard to ensure that worship and other activities in the building are done as safely as is reasonably possible.
We are aware that many people are getting used to using Zoom to communicate. One of our members has produced a very helpful guide to installing and using Zoom. Many thanks, Izzi.
If you are interested in using our premises please see our Lettings page.
Worship during Coronavirus
Even during lockdown we have continued worshipping, praying, loving and caring for neighbours far and near.
Our sister churches are offering services on their websites as follows:
St Peter’s are offering services on their website. http://www.stpeterschurch.uk.com– On Sundays at 9.30am and on their YouTube channel. Also, they are holding an evening prayer each week. members of their own congregation and Ministry Team take part in these services, including Rosemary.
Also, Hatfield Road Methodist Church website www.hatfieldroadmethodist.org are now providing weekly services on line with their own members taking part
The Methodist website resources can be found at: https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/worship/singing-the-faith-plus/seasons-and-themes/worship-during-the-coronavirus
A prayer for this time from the British Methodist Church
We pray for those who are living in fear:
Fear of illness, fear for loved ones, fear of other’s reactions to them.
May your Spirit give us a sense of calmness and peace.
For those who will feel more isolated by not being able to attend.
Grant us your wisdom.
Nothing will separate us from your love – demonstrated to us in Jesus Christ.
Help us turn our eyes, hearts and minds to you. Amen
A Prayer in the Time of the Coronavirus Epidemic – from Ireland
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
we pray to you through Christ the Healer
for those who suffer from the Coronavirus / Covid–19
in this country and across the world.
Give wisdom to policymakers,
skill to healthcare professionals and researchers,
comfort to everyone in distress
and a sense of calm to us all in these days of uncertainty and distress.
who showed compassion to the outcast,
acceptance to the rejected
and love to those to whom no love was shown. Amen.
Archbishop Michael Jackson -Dublin & Glendalough
Prayer for a Pandemic by Cameron Bellm of Seattle.
May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.
Remember those most vulnerable.
Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
Remember those who have no options.
Remember those that have no safe place to go.
Remember those who have no margin at all.
Remember those who have no home.
let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
This prayer comes from Cameron’s site www.krugthethinker.com where she gives permission for the prayer’s use and you will find other prayers for this time.
Welcome to Marlborough Road Methodist Church
Christ’s invitation is to everyone.
The Methodist Church claims and cherishes its place in the wider Christian Church. For general information about our beliefs, emphases and practices, please click here.
Being in the centre of a city brings its challenges and its opportunities. As a result, our mission and ministry are constantly changing. Although our worship is structured on the basis of traditional Methodist worship, each Sunday is different. We cherish our past, we exercise our faith in the realities of the present age and we have dreams for the future.
Who we are is as important to us as what we believe and what we do; we seek integrity as much as activity. We try to keep our faith honest and real. As well as a range of church activities, some of which take place in members’ homes or out and about in the neighbourhood, our premises are used by a variety of community groups catering for a wide range of people from the very young to the quite elderly.
Baptisms, weddings and funerals are conducted at this church by arrangement. These are open to anyone in the local region, whether you have had any previous association with the church or not. You can contact our minister for further information about how you can involve the church in these special moments in your lives.
We invite you to explore the pages of our site to get a taste of what goes on within the Marlborough Road community – and if you like what you see, contact us or come along to find out more.