Our vision for this church is to continue to be a welcoming and caring community. To nurture and equip our community in their Christian discipleship, prepare the church for mission and evangelism at local and wider levels and to resource and equip lay leadership in the church. If you are looking for a warm and friendly worship environment and to be a part of your local worship community, please come and visit us. You will find us a hospitable and nurturing place. Our leadership team is there to help all the members and visitors to experience God in our fellowship.
Currently our membership of over 70 people of all ages representing many countries and more than one continent. Some of our congregation are also members of the Ghanaian Methodist Fellowship who meet monthly after our morning worship. The spiritual life of Upper Norwood is based on Sunday morning worship and a morning congregation varies between 40 and 60. All are welcome to our services.
It is my pleasure to welcome you to our Church, here at Upper Norwood, where there’s been a Methodist presence for over a century.
As a people called Methodist, we strive to be a community where “none is excluded from the circle of God's grace. We do this by replicating the love of God, who first loved us, through our Lord Jesus Christ, by extending a gracious welcome and loving kindness to all who come through our Church doors. For in-so-doing, we believe we may “unwittingly have entertained angels”.
So, whether you’re joining us in worship on a Sunday morning or evening, or a user of this ‘Tardis” of a building, you are most welcome!
I hope you’ll find our website informative and useful but please do not hesitate to contact me for any further assistance. Once again, our Sunday morning worship is at 11;00, with all ages and we celebrate Holy Communion or Eucharist on first Sundays at 6.30pm, and every second Sunday 11:00. Meanwhile, the Lord bless you, and bless you kindly.
We hope to see you soon.
ABOUT THE CHURCH
Upper Norwood Methodist Church based in Westow Hill is the third in the Crystal Palace and the second on this site, following a previous chapel around the corner in Gipsy Hill.
A large church built in 1895 (it seated 1002) had the distinction of having the tallest spire in London. This church was demolished in 1962/3 and replaced by the current building in 1964.
The architect was the late Edward Mills and the engineers were Ove Arup with some of the stained glass being retained from the earlier building and with some new designs by Gillian Rees Thomas.
During morning services, we offer a space at the back with carpet and toys for children to play. Older children are encouraged to join our youth church. We have coffee and biscuits after every morning service, so dont rush off!
The church also boasts a large hall with an adjacent kitchen. Coupled with this are meeting rooms on four levels. For information about hall / room bookings please contact Sam Newlove-Agbonlahor on 07958 498 218.