Sunday Morning Services
We meet each Sunday morning for worship at 11 am. The length of the service is usually about 60 minutes.
The Zone on Sunday (Sunday School) also meet at 11 am, as part of the congregation for the first part of the service and then leaving for The Zone. The Zone normally runs term time only but please check on the Zone page for more details.
On the first Sunday of each month the 11 am service includes Holy Communion. Our sister church at Highlands joins us for this service and also when there is a fifth Sunday in the month.
On the second Sunday of the month we have an informal communion service at 9am, followed by breakfast, before the 11am worship.
There is also an informal communion service on the first Wednesday of each month except August at 9 am. This lasts for about 30 minutes. On the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month this service takes place at other Methodist churches in Leigh-on-Sea.
There are monthly informal worship services in different styles at 8 pm on the fourth Tuesday of the month except August, usually for about 45 minutes.
On Monday 16th Jan 2017 the very first Memory Worship, Worship for those with and without Dementia took place here at Wesley Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea. This is a regular monthly service held on 3rd Monday of the month 2pm-4pm. “At Wesley Methodist Church, we believe in a God who accepts you and meets you where you are at today” Rev Julia Monaghan
Style of Worship
This varies according to who is leading the service: Methodist custom is to have a variety of preachers rather than the regular minister every week. It’s fairly common for the Sunday morning service to have five hymns/songs, a couple of Bible readings, prayers, a children’s talk and a sermon. The usual music accompaniment is the church organ, though occasionally the music group (piano, flute and singers) will lead. There are 15-20 minutes of organ music, or songs from the music group, before the service.
Informal Worship is often a more reflective service, though this can vary from month to month.
Sunday Bible reading details for each week are normally from the Lectionary.
Hymn books, Bibles and other worship resources
The main congregational hymn book used at Wesley is Singing the Faith (Methodist Publishing, 2011). We also have access to Hymns and Psalms (Methodist Publishing House, 1983), New Hymns and Worship Songs (Kevin Mayhew Ltd, 1996) and Songs of Fellowship 1/2/3/4 (Kingsway, 2003, 2007). We use a projection screen and, if we are singing any hymns that aren’t in these books, reproduce the words on our weekly notice sheets.
The pew bibles are the Revised English Bible.
We have the Methodist Worship Book (Methodist Publishing House, 1999) but don’t use this for every service.