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Our History

We are greatly indebted to Nick Winch who for over 20 years ran the churches first website, from where this 'History' and associated items were 'lifted'!   


As a church we like to be forward looking, taking the gospel of Christ to more and more people. However, we are only able to do this because of those who had the vision, starting from small beginnings, to bring us to where we are now.

These pages are therefore dedicated to the memory of those people, and are intended to provide, via a technology they could never have foreseen, a memorial to their work.

For those with an interest in Church Organs, a brief history of Earlsdon's can be found here.

Recommended reading is a book by the late Mary Montes, who was the Earlsdon Historian. "The Church on the Corner" was published in 1998, and thus covers the first 125 years of the church's life.


Development of Earlsdon

Earlsdon is a suburb a mile or so to the south west of Coventry city centre, and was laid out and developed in 1852 by the Freehold Land Society in an effort to ease the housing problem in the city.

According to the 1861 census 107 houses had been built and were occupied by a total of 571 men, women and children. The principal occupation of the wage-earning males was watchmaking. The premises and skills continued to be used when the watchmaking industry declined, being replaced by many small and professional businesses such as cycle and motor cycle manufacture, precision engineering, printing, financial, advisory and architect's offices, and many others.

Until 1890 the population remained fairly static, but with Earlsdon's incorporation in that year with the city of Coventry, things changed. By the turn of the century Albany Road had been constructed, connecting the estate directly to the city for the first time. This enabled the surrounding land to be developed, and with the building of numerous side streets and avenues, which almost submerged the little estate - also infilled to capacity - the population rose dramatically.


Earlsdon today

Today, a hundred and more years later, Earlsdon still retains a strong sense of community and identity unique in the city. Its excellent shopping centre, its parks, churches, schools, library, theatre, pubs, restaurants - and the many societies and groups which meet in the area, catering for nearly every social, sporting and educational activity  - contribute to its being recognised as one of the most desirable residential areas in the city.

Albany Road, to the north-east, and Earlsdon Street, to the south-west, are the focus of the business and shopping areas, while the rest is for the most part residential. The north-west to south-east line is followed by Earlsdon Avenue North and Earlsdon Avenue South respectively. The latter includes several large properties which over the years have been converted to residential homes etc.

Earlsdon contains a large number of properties which have been converted into flats, many of these supporting a student population, providing accommodation for those attending both Coventry and Warwick Universities.

Further information on Earlsdon's history can be found here.



The Methodist Church

This started life in a derelict Ribbon Factory. The members then built what is today the Criterion Theatre, before constructing the present building in its prominent location.

A note on those early days can be found in the small book produced by Arthur Pearson in 1930, and reproduced here. You can also look for some of your family members on a set of photographs from the 1950s.

Over the years it has provided facilities for both Sunday Worship and other activities - church-related and secular - with the adjacent Church Hall being a major asset in this. However a church building which is only used on Sundays is wasteful, and for numerous years we have pursued ways in which it can be put to greater use by the community.

One of our earlier uses was the provision of office facilities for the "Crossroads" charity. They have now moved to larger premises, and the bereavement charity "Cruse" now has its offices here.

While this was a start, we were determined to open the building up so that, whatever people's beliefs, they should be able to come inside and feel comfortable. To this end we undertook a series of major developments. Details of which are available here.

Meanwhile, recognising that we share with other christian churches within the district, we are members of CTEC (Churches Together in Earlsdon and Chapelfields).


Glenys
Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet at the Church Building (details below) for our Sunday Service starting at 10.30am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team.

Following the service we serve tea, coffee and biscuits. It is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to find your bearings. All refreshments are free.

Plan your journey: 

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Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There is a disabled toilet off the back of church.

Our Service

The main service begins at 10.30am, but when the music is led by our Worship Band, we have a few hymns &/or songs before the service starts. There is then a warm welcome from one of our Stewards. Church news & extra notices may also be given at this time. Our services are typically an hour long, with a mixture of hymns, prayers, bible readings and a sermon. One of our leaders will give the sermon that is bible based and that we can apply to our everyday life. We finish with a final worship song before a final prayer is said. (Sometimes there is an opportunity to receive prayer at the end of the service.)


images: Services

What about my kids?

As with Sunday Services, all children’s groups held at the church have ceased until further notice due to Covid-19. If you would like information of on-line Sunday Schools & other such activities available for children during this time please Contact Us.

 
Have you got children? Would you like to bring them to church?
 

Earlsdon Methodist Church aims to provide a safe & welcoming environment in which children can be themselves & have fun learning about our Christian faith. Please see our Sunday Services page for more information on Sunday morning groups for children.

 
Current mid-week groups available for children are as follows:

  • Parent & Toddler Group – every Thursday morning between 9.30-11 am. This is led by church members & is open to parents & carers with children aged 0-3 years.
     
  • Prayers & Bears – every Wednesday morning starting at 8.45 am. This is hosted by the church but led by Tulo & Sarah Raistrick from St Barbara’s C of E Church & is open to parents & carers with children aged ?).
     
  • Dayspring Steel Band – please follow this link for more information.

In addition to the above we are pleased to be welcoming a youth pastor to the Coventry & Nuneaton Methodist Circuit from September, & we look forward to the new opportunities that this will bring for our children & youth

 
If you have any questions about any of the above then please Contact Us .

Children

Getting Connected


Small Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, morning, afternoons and evenings.


Our groups include:-

  • Tuesday Prayer Lunch
  • Wednesday Fellowship
  • Wednesday Word
  • Dayspring Steel Band
  • Wellspring Café
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry
Check out Small Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a small group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.
  We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

Best Wishes