Thornbury Methodist Church and Hall
Thombury has had a Methodist presence since 1789 when John Wesley preached in the "neat and commodious preaching house." The original building was vacated in 1878 when the congregation transferred to the present neo-Gothic building in the High Street.
Thornbury Methodist Church is at the northern and rural extremity of the Bristol and South Gloucestershire Circuit and currently has a membership of about 80. The Church premises consist of a two storey annexe which provides upper and lower halls, kitchens, toilets, vestry and a quiet room. All the buildings are in good order.
The congregation is heavily weighted towards the middle aged and retired. The Church has developed a lay leadership and convenors who deal with most of the administrative aspects of church life - covering areas of Service, Worship, Evangelism and Learning & Caring. The convenors are supported by the Church Stewards. A pastoral system is in operation and a quarterly newsletter is published and circulated.
Members are involved in a range of community activities, play a significant role in Circuit and District functions and there is an active group of Local Preachers. There is an ongoing commitment to provide financial support for a children's home in Zimbabwe.
The Church plays its part as a partner in "Thornbury Churches Together" and shares a ministry to the local hospital.
The premises are in use each day of the week. During the daytime, apart from a mid-week service there is a meeting of the Women's Fellowship (united with the U.R.C.) and a Wesley Guild. There is also a Keep Fit Group and a Drama Group meeting regularly. A House Group meets and follows study material to promote discussion. A Bible Study group also meets in the Church Vestibule every week.
A Scout Group, covering the age ranges for Beavers and Cubs, meets weekly; and a few of them attend our All Age Worship services. A Brownie Group also uses the premises.
The halls are rented to community groups.
As far as development goes we have disabled facilities including a lift to the Wesley Hall, disabled toilet and disabled access at the front. We have also developed and increased the size of the vestibule at the front of the church to make it more appealing and welcoming. This will hopefully enable us to concentrate evangelism towards attracting younger people. At the same time the wish would be to continue and enhance a caring and concerned fellowship for the older members.
The Wednesday morning shoppers service is popular and well supported and meets in the new Vestibule area, with coffee served for an hour before the service, enabling fellowship, chat and welcome to any who might drop in for coffee.
Weekly Activities in the Church and HallsMondays
10am Church Prayer Meeting
7.10pm Keep Fit Group
7.45pm Drama Group
10am Coffee served followed by Midweek Shoppers service at 11.00
2.30pm United Ladies Guild (2nd and 4th Thursdays alternate months)
2.30pm Wesley Guild (1st and 3rd Thursdays only)
6pm Bible Study Group
11am Worship Service
For more information, please contact Matthew Stringer on or for bookings and inquiries: Don Grimsell on