Navigating Change

Navigating Change is a movement that is concerned about the future of the Methodist Church in the UK. The figures speak for themselves, as year on year we have continued to decline in numbers to the point where it has become a critical issue.
This movement could be a starting point for you and your leadership to regain a sense of urgency and energy, to catch a fresh vision and to begin the process toward growing and planting new churches.

ECG(Equpping, Calling and Going) 

What is ECG all about? Quite simply, ECG is about bringing our community together. Each year we ask people of all ages to join us as we share in a five-day celebration of fellowship, worship and teaching. Although many of our speakers and delegates are from a Methodist background, we do not choose guests on the basis of their denomination. Instead, we invite those who we feel offer real insights into Christian teaching and who can help us to deliver what always proves to be an interesting, varied and family-friendly programme.

The Coffee Lounge 

The Coffee Lounge was launched in May 2011 as a community regeneration Enterprise Café within the building of SwanBank Church in Burslem. Following the official opening performed by the then Local MP for Stoke on Trent, Joan Walley, and supported by church members, local residents and businesses, the Coffee Lounge has gone from strength to strength. The initial development and formative first 5 years were supported by the Big Lottery and regeneration grants and the Coffee Lounge has now become a fantastic venue in the centre of Burslem where you can access excellent coffee, good food and a very friendly welcome.

Potters Church 

Potters Church is a community of people who know God and are getting to know Him, meeting together on Sunday mornings at their two church sites, and throughout the week in different homes.

Oasis Community Church 

Oasis Community Church exists to ‘immerse ourselves and others in the refreshing love of God, expressed through Jesus Christ’. They are committed to sharing our faith and community with others.

Methodist Church 

The Methodist Church is the fourth largest Christian Church in Britain. It has more than six thousand churches and a total membership of approximately 330 000 people. There are Methodist Churches in nearly every country in the world and global membership numbers some 70 million people.

Stoke-on-Trent Foodbank 

The story of Stoke-on-Trent Foodbank began in October 2011 with a cup of coffee and an afternoon chat between two ministers – Rev. Ashley Cooper and Rev. Ron Willoughby. They were dismayed to hear that 1 in 3 children in Stoke-on-Trent was living below the ‘bread line’ and asked: “How can we as a church help?”

On 3rd May 2012 Stoke-on-Trent Foodbank opened its doors…

Cliff College 

Set in the beautiful Peak District in Derbyshire, with a heart for mission and evangelism, Cliff College is an evangelical Bible college that has a desire to train people from all walks of life for the service of mission and evangelism, by providing a wide variety of events, weekends, Short Courses, part time and full time undergraduate BA and postgraduate MA courses, and MPhil, PhD research qualifications set within the context of a ‘community of grace’.

Saltbox

Saltbox was established in 1983 by a small group of like-minded Christians who had a heart for a work which would promote Christian values and faith, and also unite individual churches. Initially financing the work from their own resources, they found premises in Burslem, the mother-town of what is known internationally as the Potteries, eventually relocating to a new office base in the City Centre in 2004.

And so the vision became a reality, and now the reality is bearing much fruit.

Stoke On Trent Nightshelter

Stoke-on-Trent Churches Community Night Shelter is working to provide a safe night’s rest to street homeless individuals within Stoke-on-Trent. It began with an initial conversation about the seemingly increasing homelessness we were witnessing in our city, and went on to run a hugely successful pilot project from January 2016-March 2016. Without their strong steering group or their 40-strong volunteer team, none of this would have been possible.