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The season of Advent

Advent, anglicised from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming”, is a season observed in many Western Christian churches, a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. It is the beginning of the Western liturgical year and commences on Advent Sunday.

Latin adventus is the translation of the Greek word parousia, commonly used in reference to the Second Coming of Christ. For Christians, the season of Advent serves as a reminder both of the original waiting that was done by the Hebrews for the birth of their Messiah as well as the waiting of Christians for Christ’s return from Heaven where he now sits at the Right Hand of God.

Creator God, who placed this planet  
The Advent story  
of hope and mystery,  
a kingdom  
of this world and the next,  
and a king  
appearing when we least expect.  
Heaven touching earth,  
the footsteps of the divine  
walking dusty roads  
as once they did in Eden,  
and a people,  
searching for a Saviour,  
and walking past  
the stable.  
Open eyes and hearts,  
that this might be  
an Advent of hope to the world.  

©John Birch

Paul’s letter is back…

As we slowly leave those painful periods of lockdown and restriction behind us, we are emerging into a world that increasingly feels much like the one we inhabited before anyone had ever heard of Covid-19. Read more

What’s On

To see what is taking place at Martin Way please refer to our online Calendar {Click here}


In addition to our calendar, newsletters are a good source for keeping up to date with events. Ours is back in production and under the new editorship of Yvonne and Simon Turnbull. They have taken over from Andrew Fox who produced the magazine for many, many years. Thank you Andrew and thank you too, Yvonne and Simon.

If you haven’t yet picked up a copy from church then you can view or download the November Edition here.

Services at Martin Way

As of 23rd May 2021, we are back worshipping live and will continue to do every Sunday from now on, subject of course, to the current Covid19 restrictions. The service is simultaneously broadcast on our Facebook page. Do come and join us. To watch a service again or even for the first time, just click on the preacher’s name in the table below.

Date Time Preacher Notes
07Nov 10:30 Revd Paul Timmis Morning Worship
14Nov 10:30 Revd Chris Morley Morning Worship
18:00 Revd Paul Timmis Holy Communion
21Nov 10:30 Tony Loft Morning Worship
28Nov 10:30 Revd Paul Timmis Holy Communion
05Dec 10:30 Revd Chris Morley Holy Communion
12Dec 10:30 Brenda Cannon Morning Worship
18:00 Revd Paul Timmis Holy Communion
19Dec 10:30 Revd Paul Timmis Nativity, Café Worship & Gift service
18:00 Revd Paul Timmis Carol service
24Dec 17:30 Revd Paul Timmis Christingle
23:30 Holy Communion at Worcester Park
25Dec 10:30 Revd Paul Timmis Christmas Day service
26Dec 10:30 Pre-recorded Circuit Service

Lectionary - Year C

Week commencing 5th December 2021 - Second Sunday in Advent

Clicking on the Bible reference below will display the full bible text in another window courtesy of BibleGateway

Community Garden

The proposal to develop a Community Garden in the area outside the Coffee Lounge was made by Shelley Whittington and Abby Herring to Church Council. The plan, which was accepted, will include raised, accessible beds growing vegetables and herbs, a pollinator area to attract insects with a bug hotel, a mud kitchen to encourage outdoor play and exploration for young children, a potting area, to sow and cultivate our planting and a memory / reflection garden, planted up, with a wildlife pond, plants and a seated area, designed for reflection and rest.

Phase 1 of this project has taken off and the produce of the spring and summer sowing has been harvested. However, produce is only the means to an end as the main purpose of this project is to bring the local community together. Further plans include extending the garden from the patio outside our Coffee Lounge right the way through to a new entrance in Martin Way. This will enable the construction of the remaining components of the garden as listed above together with pick-your-own vegetable beds.

Take 5

The Revd Chris Morley, who has led worship at Martin Way on a number of occasions, started a venture, called “Take Five”. Each daily thought is a suggestion for how each of us might grow spiritually and come closer to God by reflecting that day on a particular theme. He is inviting people to Take Five minutes each day to join him, either on YouTube or Facebook.


You may or may not know that we also have a Facebook page where you can keep up to date with what else is happening in our church family. It can be accessed by clicking on the small blue Facebook logo wherever it pops up on this site or by visting www.facebook.com/martinwaymethodist or by searching for @martinwaymethodist in a browser or on Facebook itself.


We’ve passed the £500 mark!

Thank you to all our supporters

Total raised so far £521.76, (as at 5th December 2021). That’s money received from suppliers after our supporters (27 so far) have shopped on-line at no extra cost to themselves.

Please join in and raise funds for free by going to our easyfundraising page for more information and where you can join the scheme or shop if you’ve already joined the scheme.

GDPR - Privacy Notice 2021

In view of the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which came into effect on Friday, 25 May 2018, we have updated our Privacy Policy to detail how we collect, store and handle your personal data to reassure you that your data is safe with us. Please left-click to read or right-click to download on the following link - GDPR Privacy Notice 2021