Barlaston Methodist Church has served the village community of Barlaston for over 75 years. Our mission is to serve the community and to ensure that the Church is an integral part of village life. Our aim is to spread the good news of Jesus Christ through interaction and service.
As well as providing for Sunday morning family worship and junior church, the 2nd North Staffs Boys Brigade meet on Monday and Thursday evenings, (Contact Mrs. C Donohoe for details on 01782 372175).
Our Bridge Club meet on Monday afternoons. We also have a Ladies Guild that meets on the second Tuesday of each month and a coffee morning on the last Friday of each month to which anyone is welcome. We are always happy to welcome people into our community and we aim to help people find their “latent” gifts and talents.
Enjoying strong links with the Parish Church of St John the Baptist in the village, we share worship with them on the fourth Sunday of each month.
Our recently extended and refurbished premises are conducive to an informal, relaxed and inclusive style of worship and well-suited to all our other activities. We are pleased to make our hall, kitchen and meeting rooms available for general community use when possible and they are often used for children’s birthday parties and similar events
Services at 10.30 am each Sunday
(unless otherwise stated)
Sunday Services at 10.30 a.m. as follows:-
5 October Rev. Peter Powers Harvest Festival (All Age Worship)
12 October Rev. Tony Jeffries (H.C,)
19 October Mrs Edna Winnington
26 October Mr. Ian Mason (U.S.) at our church
All are welcome at our services and to stay for coffee after the service.
After much deliberation, the Committee have decided it is now time to disband the Ladies Guild. They feel we have enjoyed many meetings in good company and wish to thank members for their loyalty and support over many years.
Anchor Section (age 5-8) Thursday 6.30 - 7.30 p.m.
Junior Section (age 8-11) Thursday 6.30 – 8.00 p.m.
Contact Mrs. Chris Donohoe on 372176 for more information. Chris needs help with the BB and anyone who can spare some of their time to support her would be greatly appreciated.
A trip is being organised to go to Liverpool on Tuesday 11th November leaving Park Drive Methodist Church at 9.00 a.m. Cost will be approximately £12. Please ring if you are interested in going (Beryl Whalley on 372762) .
Enquiries re bookings for the Church Hall through Mrs. Beryl Whalley on 372762.
A message from the Methodist Minister
A message from Rev. Peter Powers
New Minister at Barlaston Methodist Church
Getting to know someone takes time. It's the same with places as with people. Getting to know a place takes time. In my childhood family holidays every year were at the same guest house in St. Ives in Cornwall. Before my dad took to driving we would get the train late on Friday evening from New Street station in Birmingham. Some of my early memories are of waking up as the train crossed from Devon to Cornwall over Isambard Kingdom Brunel's splendid rail bridge over the River Tamar. Each year we had two wonderful weeks and I got to know the place very well over the years. I think the key to getting to know a place are feet. We walked everywhere. As we had arrived by train we had little choice but even in later years when we had a car we still walked the place. Jesus walked. Again he had little choice, apart from a couple of noted occasions when he used the humble donkey or when he borrowed a boat from those who fished the Sea of Galilee. Jesus walked. He walked the towns and villages of the land he grew up in. In the stories of Jesus life, the Gospels, we often hear about him going from place to place. In Mark 8.27 we read 'Jesus and his disciples went away to the villages near Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Tell me, who do people say I am?” 28“Some say that you are John the Baptist,” they answered; “others say that you are Elijah, while others say that you are one of the prophets.” 29“What about you?” he asked them. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” As he travelled he talked with his friends and with people get met along the way. His travels and those of his followers gave rise to one of the earliest names given to people who followed Jesus. They were called people of the Way. This was a recognition that those who followed Jesus saw his life as the most complete example of the way to live. Indeed Jesus himself was 'the Way'. He even referred to himself as such, see John 14.6. In the last few weeks I've enjoyed walking around Barlaston doing a little bit of getting to know the place. As I've done so I've said 'hello' to those I've met along the way. I've had a few interesting conversations and I've discovered what a pleasant village it is. I've noted that it’s a bit of a shame that the community is rather cut in two by the railway line. I've spotted evidence of its Wedgwood dominated history. Kind locals have told me all about the history of the parish church of St. John and of Barlaston Hall. Of course I've been learning about the Methodist presence over the last few years since coming to work in the Stafford & Stone area. Its a delight to walk and talk and to discover places I've not known before. Its a delight to chat to folk about life and faith as we together seek to answer afresh the question Jesus put to those he met. I've more walking about the village to do and lots more to learn so look out for a 'stranger' wandering about the village. It might be me.
God bless you all.
Rev. Peter Powers Tel: 07941328155.
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