A church for all in the heart of the city
A lift to the upper floor was installed as part of the 1988 refurbishment of Wesley. It has gradually been failing over the past few years, but finally stopped working completely last year. We also discovered that it no longer complies with current regulations.
Before lockdown the upper floor was used for a very wide range of activities. As well as church meetings it was being regularly used for Friday Centre chiropody, overnight accommodation for volunteers for the winter homeless night shelter and the Student Cross Lent pilgrimage, academic summer schools, a break room for NHS Blood donation staff and teachers at the Candle RE A-level Conference, Alzheimer’s workshops, English and music exams, yoga classes, group counselling and meetings of the Rambling club, the musical theatre club, Pre-school staff and the Showmen’s and Townswomen's Guilds.
The good news is that Allchurches Trust have kindly awarded us a grant of £1500 towards the refurbishment. Allchurches Trust is one of the UK’s largest grant-making charities. Their mission is to equip and empower Christian organisations to have a positive and transformative impact on lives and communities.
We have already begun instructing the contractors. So we should soon be able to provide full access to our upper floor for everyone who uses the church as we begin to open up again after the national lock down.
As we are still in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic crisis – there are no activities at Wesley Methodist Church at present which involve large audiences. We have therefore decided that the planned 2020-2021 Science meets Faith programme should be put on indefinite hold. We apologise for this, but we cannot find an alternative working arrangement yet. Nonetheless, we send all best wishes for your health and happiness, and we shall inform you in good time when our lecture programme will resume.
Our next meeting
The programme of dates and speakers for our challenging lecture series is available here, together with details of the upcoming lecture.
Our last lecture:
“Climate Change: what it means and what we can do about it”
Prof Joanna Haigh CBE, FRS
Department of Physics, Imperial College London