Helsby Methodist Church (HMC) stands in the centre of the village of Helsby, situated in the North West English County of Cheshire, not far from the beautiful Delamere Forest Park. We are part of the North Cheshire Methodist circuit (sharing our Minister with neighbouring Methodist churches in Kingsley village) and the Chester and Stoke District of the wider UK Methodist Church.
Rev David Bintliff is our Minister. David has responsibility for the Helsby and Kingsley sections of the Circuit.
There is a wide mixture of ages and backgrounds at HMC. Some members have lived in the village all their lives, others have moved more recently from other regions of the UK and yet more have been brought into the Church family through outreach, such as the Alpha course, or through the various activities we run. This, of course, means that there are differences of emphasis which HMC seeks to embrace within the one church.
We have over a number of years sought to create a sense of family and community. All members and adherents are allocated a pastoral visitor whose role is to offer practical, emotional, and spiritual care.
We also encourage each member to take seriously a responsibility of care –
We are also planning to develop and expand our existing network of regular small house group and fellowship meetings which take place both in the daytime and in the evenings, thus following the example of John Wesley and his ‘class meetings’
We focus on prayer as our starting point.
Our Mission Statement
‘Showing God’s love in Christ to our community through prayer ,witness and service’.
We continue to explore:
Alternative ways of being church and learn about Fresh Expressions
How to use our space more effectively for the work of Gods Kingdom
How House groups could be developed/to provide a series for Lent so we nurture faith and build one another up to be confident Christians
Look at opportunities for a mission event at church with support from an organisation like Cliff College
This emphasis does not lead to an inward looking church. Many members are involved (as part of their discipleship) in aspects of care and help in the community e.g. school governors, parents and toddlers, clubs for senior citizens, youth work reaching the marginalised in Helsby, and many other unsung ways. We have been active supporters of various local national and overseas Charities for many years.