Petts Wood Methodist Church has just celebrated its 60th anniversary and we have an attractive church building – built in 1961. Normally, we have about 60 to 70 people at our Sunday Morning services, and on special occasions considerably more than that. We are a friendly group of people, and we are always pleased to see new faces, so come along and see for yourself!
Where are we? – Located at the junction of Queensway and Lakeswood Road, we are situated in the centre of Petts Wood. See map: Click to view the map for details. There is parking space to the rear of the Church.
Petts Wood railway station is just over the road, with regular trains from London Charing Cross, London Victoria, Bromley, Orpington and Sevenoaks. You can get to us by bus - the 208, 273, R2, R3 and R7 routes pass our door or run nearby.
About Us - here you can find out about our church leaders, and what we believe.
As you enter the building from Queensway, the Chapel is on your left hand side. Just by the door to the Chapel is a stand with a prayer request book – you can add your own prayer requests here.
On the right hand side is a table with magazines, leaflets, etc. Generally, you can help yourself to any items of interest. The church magazine is called The Messenger and gives details of the life of the church on a monthly basis.
What Happens During a Service?
Hymnbooks and copies of the Methodist Worship book are available at each seat. If you wish to use a Bible during the service, just ask the door steward as you come in. On entering the church you will be given a copy of the Weekly Notices – telling you about the current service, and what is happening during the next week, among other things.
During a normal service we like to have four or five hymns (hymnbook provided), readings from the Old and New Testaments, and often a Psalm will be read. There will be prayers of thanksgiving, prayers for forgiveness, prayers for the world, and for those in need. The minister or local preacher will give a sermon. A collection is made and offered to God. Finally, the service ends with a Blessing.
Sometimes, the service is a service of Holy Communion. This has great significance for Christians, as it reminds us of the sacrifice Jesus made by dying for us. Everyone is welcome to join in – just go up to the front when the communion steward calls you. If you would just like a blessing, without taking the bread and wine, keep your hands below the rail. If you cannot make your way to the front, please let a steward know and they will arrange for the bread and wine to be brought to you.
Facilities for Children
A crèche is normally available for under 3’s during Sunday morning services – just ask as you come in. Babies and children are always welcome at our church. Baby changing facilities are available and they will be especially looked after by competent people in our crèche.
Junior Church meets on Sunday mornings (10.30 am) in two groups - the younger ones being called Fishes. Children receive Christian teaching related to their age (craft activities, stories, discussions, etc). The Junior Church joins with the adult congregation for the final part of worship in the church.
Facilities for the Disabled
A loop system is in use in the church, and there is ramp access to the building and accessible toilets. Large print versions of hymn books, worship books, and notices are available on request.