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Cleveleys Park Methodist ChurchCleveleys Park Methodist Church

(membership 213)

West Drive, Thornton Cleveleys, FY5 2BL

Presbyter in Pastoral Charge and Lead Minister: Rev Michael Payne

Diaconal support: Deacon Jo Critchley

Senior Steward:

Website: http://www.cleveleyspark.com

Our location:

Cleveleys Park Methodist Church is by the tram tracks at Cleveleys and within easy reach of the town centre. It serves a large residential area and is very close to a Church of England and a United Reformed Church and the Library.

Our congregation:

This is a large church of mainly retired people but with a few families in employment. Normally about 100 attend Sunday morning worship and 20-30 attend the evening service. Over 100 youngsters come into the premises during the week for different activities. Our Children’s Ministry Team works with youngsters on a Friday evening rather than on a Sunday and there are plans to expand this work. Sunday services are mainly traditional in style, but we are looking to develop a pattern of evening services of different styles – interactive, reflective etc. There is a regular pattern of communion services each month, including an early morning communion. Coffee mornings are held weekly, but once each month it is preceded by a short time of worship and reflection.

Our buildings:

Our premises range in age from 40 to 100 years and are quite extensive. The worship area will seat over 300. Other accommodation includes a comfortable lounge, meeting rooms and a hall with a functioning stage area that is used by the Church Drama Group. We have a well-equipped and well-used kitchen. The premises are well maintained and wheelchair accessible throughout. The building is well used by both church and community groups and provides space for people of all ages to gather for different activities including a Junior Chess Club, Scottish Dancing, an Alzheimer’s Support Group and the local Rotary Club.

Our activities:

Within the life of the Church we have a number of fellowship groups, some which meet in Church and some in members’ homes. We have an active Church Drama Group, which puts on two or three productions a year. In addition to the church coffee mornings there are frequent activities where we serve food, including a monthly church lunch. Recreational and social activities include a craft group, table tennis and snooker. Children’s work is headed up by the deacon and is primarily on Fridays. In the evening we work with primary-age children in a group called Rock Kids. It is Bible based and multi-faceted. We find this enables children to attend more regularly than on Sundays. Friday morning sees the younger part of the community - the toddlers – welcomed, along with their parents or carers. We also run an annual summer holiday club for primary-age children, where they explore faith and church through crafts, games and creativity.

Our links with other churches:

Churches Together in Cleveleys is active and organizes ecumenical study groups for Lent and outdoor services during the year to interact with the local community. On Monday mornings the local clergy meet for prayer at the Baptist Church.

Our community links and outreach:

Both the Deacon and Presbyter regularly lead assemblies in one of the local primary schools and they are helping the school to develop its spirituality programme. On a number of occasions during the year the school community comes into church for special acts of worship. Both ordained and lay Methodists are represented on the school’s governing body. We seek ways of encouraging community groups who use our building to think about their life, faith and relationship with Jesus. Several members of our congregation are involved in the Comfort Zone project (for homeless people) in Blackpool, and we also support local food banks. The Church is active in raising money for local charities including, currently, Homestart-Wyre and the training of Guide Dogs in Lancashire. Our hopes and dreams: We are beginning to develop a vision for the longer term future of our church. We hope to work through this during 2014/15 so that we have in place a 5-year vision for what shape we believe the church should be like in 2020 – 2020 vision. This will form the basis for strategic planning in coming years and, hopefully, give a sense of cohesive purpose across the Church and allow new members and future staff to see clearly the direction the church is moving under the guidance of God’s Spirit. One priority is to develop our work among children and their families, without neglecting the needs of the older members of the community.

Regular Activities

Sunday: 9.00am Holy Communion (2nd Sunday of each month)
10.45am Morning Worship
6.30pm Evening Worship

Monday: 7.30pm Wesley Guild

Tuesday: 2.30pm Church Bible Study
7.45pm The 745 Club

Wednesday: 9.30am Prayer Fellowship
10.00am Mid Week Worship (1st Wednesdays)
10.30am Coffee Morning
12.00pm Crafties
7.30pm Cleveleys Park Players

Thursday: 2.30pm Ladies Fellowship (September – April)
6.00pm Rainbows
6.00pm Brownies
7.30pm Guides

Friday: 10.00am CALOS Toddler Group
6.00pm Rock Kids

Saturday: 10.00am Coffee Morning