Address: East Tilbury Road, Linford, Essex. SS17 0QS
Mission: Bringing the
community together to know God
The Church in its setting:
The church premises are in Linford but
serve an area which embraces four loosely-knit communities which
make up Linford & East Tilbury and have a total population of around 6000. East
Tilbury is a part of the borough of Thurrock which lies along the
Thames estuary, east of London.
We do host Messy Church session and upto 40 people
sat down at the end and enjoy a cooked meal with vegetarian options and various puddings to follow. Like hundreds of other churches worldwide
we are exploring “different ways of being church” with messy
In order for Linford to conform to food hygiene regulations for food preparation
the current “toilets off the kitchen” arrangement just had to go. So there
has been a complete reconfiguration and refurbishment of the kitchen and toilet
areas to produce fully functional kitchen and toilet facilities including a
disabled toilet up to current specifications.
To help fund the work Veolia trust supported us with
a grant of £20,000 plus a circuit grant of £8,000.
1. Fellowship and Spiritual Growth
We regard the family nature of the
church as vitally important. Though a relatively small group we
support and uphold one another in worship and fellowship. Our Bible study and prayer group meets to encourage
spiritual growth and deepen understanding of Christian
2. Pastoral Care
We believe that the church, through all
its members, exists to care for the emotional and spiritual needs
of its congregation, especially in times of trouble. We also have
a calling to caring in the same way for those same needs in the
The pattern of our worship has, for a
number of years, been all-age worship.. This gives diversity and
richness to the worship which has led in turn to an enrichment of
our church family life across the age groups.
We encourage all our members to respond
to the call to serve God by using our gifts and graces in His
service and for His Kingdom.
Through existing activities, like our twice weekly parent
& toddler group and our monthly after school Yippee club for 5 to 12 year olds
and now Messy Church
we reach out into
the community. We believe that the church should be noticeable in
the community and we commit ourselves to sharing the Gospel. We
have always tried to do this through ecumenical co-operation with
St Catherine's Church of England with whom we share a bible study fellowship at
8 o'clock on the second Tuesday of each month at Linford.
Members of Linford Methodist and neighbouring churches present "open the
book" dramatised readings at local primary schools. Initially at our nearest
school East Tilbury Infants but now at Woodside primary
school Grays. It was with some trepidation that we first started this new
thespian outreach but we have been warmly received by pupils and teachers alike.
We are supported by members from our local St Catherine's church and friends from
We meet at 10.30 on Sunday mornings for
All-age worship. The church family gathers for
the opening of worship and then we split into groups - the
younger age group meeting in Sunday School and the adults
remaining in church for the preaching service. The closing of the
service is shared together again and the young people are able to
bring to us what they have been doing in their session. This is always followed
by tea, coffee and an opportunity to chat.
Tuesday & Thursday (in term
time) 09.30 to 12.00
Parent and Toddler group
2nd Tuesday each month 8pm. Bible study
1st Thursday each month 4.30pm to 6pm Yippee club for 5 to 12
year olds. Crafts & games with a biblical theme.
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