While proud of our own distinctive Methodist emphases and practices, we work with several other churches and Christian organisations in Beeston either formally as a church or, more commonly, through the efforts of individual members. Among our four salaried workers, we employ a Catholic and an Anglican.
Nottingham’s Korean Church shares our premises and holds a service every Sunday afternoon. Several of their members share in our Methodist worship, and take part in the Junior Church and other activities.
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland [CTBI] is the umbrella coordinating body for ecumenical relations at national level, and some of our house-groups are using their study guide in Lent. We exchange pulpits with other local churches during CTBI’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity each January.
Hope Nottingham is city-wide ecumenical initiative based in Beeston which aims “to support the local church to speak and live its mission, in unity, to see spiritual change in individuals and communities transformed“. The group organises the annual exchange of pulpits, an annual sharing and worship event at The Pearson Centre, and a walk of witness on Good Friday. It also supports the work of our local Street Angels, Hope Home project, Healing on the Streets and the Hope Café for local homeless people based at the Hope Nottingham Centre at Boundary Road. There is an open forum each year. We have a representative for Hope Café.
The connexional Methodist Church is in a covenant relationship with the Anglican Church and we appreciate the cooperation we have locally with Beeston Parish Church. We share the annual Carol Service with them each Christmas, alternating between our two buildings, and this Easter our joint choirs are performing Faure’s Requiem.
The Beeston Churches arrange an annual Women’s World Day of Prayer service in March. We also work with members of other local churches collecting house-to-house for Christian Aid each May, raising £1200 in 2010.