Our Sunday morning service is held in the chapel and starts at 10:30am whilst the evening service is at 6pm. There are occasional exceptions to the rule and we advise that you check the calendar by clicking here or refer to the Preaching Plan for Swanmore Sept-Dec 2017 to confirm details. Morning services last about an hour and will often include a children’s talk, praise & worship, prayer and a sermon. An offering will be collected at some point and the act of Holy Communion may also be observed. Once a month we have a family service where the children from junior church join the congregation for the duration in what is a more light hearted approach aimed at the whole family to enjoy. Often the junior church (ACE) will take an active part in the running order – perhaps by giving a drama or performance of some sort. Evening services are more tradition by nature and generally comprise of worship, prayer and a sermon.
Junior Church (ACE)
ACE (Amazing Christian Experience) meets every Sunday morning from 10.30am until the end of the service – approximately 11.30. We provide a friendly environment for youngsters from 3 years until they are ready to join Church members in the service. We use Disney type DVDs monthly which contain Bible stories and develop these themes during the month. We join church members on the third Sunday of each month for a lively Family Service when the young people take part which encourages confidence and ensures that they see church as an interesting and relevant part of their lives. We also hold ‘special’ mornings when we use drama, music, cooking or games to enliven their learning. We divide into classes after an initial ‘family time’ which means we can cater for our young people at the level of their understanding. We make every effort to ensure that our faith has action by partaking in the annual shoebox scheme, corresponding and supporting a child in India and responding to appeals in the wider world. We join the congregation for 10-15 minutes each Sunday which helps the children develop a sense of reverence and the congregation enjoy hearing what the young people have been doing which cultivates a good family atmosphere.
Contact Sam Armstrong (01489-328646) for details
Buggies & Brunch
Buggies & Brunch is a friendly and welcoming group open to anyone caring for a 0-5 year old. It is held at Swanmore Methodist Church every Thursday (term time) from 9.15am – 10.45am and will typically include the following:
• Brunch (Filter coffee, croissants, fruit juice, toast, fresh fruit)
• Free play (With toys and children’s play equipment)
• Activities (Singing, instruments, action songs, storytelling, drama, puppets)
• Work (Craft work based on the theme for the week)
For further details, please contact us by email.
For matters requiring urgent prayer such as crisis situations or medical emergencies, a number of our church members operate a prayer chain through which Gods love flows and prayers are circulated. Prayer requests are received from a prayer box located in the church, through phone calls from members of the congregation or from individuals via email. When a request for prayer is received it is passed to the coordinator who will call the first nominated person in the chain. That person will then contact the next person in the chain and so on until the end of the chain is reached and the coordinator is contacted to ensure the prayer has been circulated. Each member of the chain will put the person or situation in their thoughts and prayers for as long as is deemed necessary. While the knowledge of some situations and people will be widely known, many are confidential and are treated as such.
Cell group is generally intended to teach the Bible and personalize Christian fellowship. It is so called as, like a living cell, as it grows in size it divides and creates two new cell groups. Each meeting consisting of the following 4 x elements. A nominated person runs each element.
- Welcome (Drinks, introductions, opening prayer and perhaps shared thoughts on a subject)
- Worship (A time of worship through music, poetry, witness or praise etc.)
- Word (Bible study)
- Work (Closing prayers, arranging next meeting and nominating a person to run each element)
Faith Teas are held in the church Hall on the last Tuesday afternoon of each month, except July and August, and commence at 2pm. The meetings start with a short time of worship, after which an invited speaker talks for about half an hour about someone who has inspired them with their Christian faith; hence the title of the meetings. After the talk afternoon tea is served, and we try to make this a joyful gathering –we use pretty tablecloths, bone china, cake-stands and serve home baked cakes. There is no charge for the meeting or tea, but on the occasions when a charity speaker is invited (about three times a year) we do invite donations for their charity.
Everyone is welcome at these meetings – they are not just for church members. We are happy to arrange transport to and from the meetings for anyone who would like to come but is unable to get to the meetings without help.
Contact David James (01489 896387) for transport services
Contact Phyllis Gilbrook (01489 892152) for any other information
Tuesday Ladies Club (TLC)
TLC meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm in the church hall. There is a varied programme of speakers and trips. Subscriptions £2 per meeting unless specified in the tlc-2016-2017-programme which can be downloaded here or from the download page of the website.
Contact Mavis Daniels (01489 892148) for further details.
Swanmore men’s group is a gathering of Christian and non-Christian men who meet monthly for fellowship. We meet at the Methodist Church, gathering between 19:15 and 19:30. When we have a speaker the talk is followed by coffee, tea and biscuits. There is a nominal charge of £1 for visitors. All men are welcome. Further information can be obtained from Roger Barton: 01489 892297. For full details refer to the Mens Group 2017 Programme
Prayer is the centre of our church life and to fulfill this desire we meet for an hour in the chapel on a Saturday morning at 8:30am to pray for our church, the village, our country and international events.