Our Sunday WorshipWe meet for worship every Sunday morning at 11.00 a.m. A family worship service, held in the main church, with times of worship, prayer, teaching and fellowship. We are a fellowship that is God-centered and God-seeking.
About the Service
Acton Hill Church is one of nine congregations that are grouped together to form the Ealing Trinity Methodist Circuit. Each church within the Circuit has a minister in charge and also makes use of a rota of preachers from the Ealing Circuit as well as a number of retired ministers and other trained preachers. Our own minister, Rev. Shirlyn Toppin is usually with us for two Sundays each month. The first Sunday each month (led by our minister) is a service of Holy Communion to which all are invited.
The list of Sunday services and calendar of preachers for each of the churches within the Circuit is published quarterly in our Circuit magazine In-touch. Copies are normally available from the shelves at the back of our Church.
Style of Worship
Our typical service would be best described as traditional centred around the Word of God (the Bible), prayers and a sermon to help us reflect on the application of God’s Word in our daily lives. During a service we normally say The Lord’s Prayer and finish with The Grace. On the second Sunday the Gospel Chorale sings a song and on the third Sunday the Robed Choir sings an anthem.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours. Now and for ever. Amen.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now and forever more. Amen.
What to Expect on Sundays
We are an open, inclusive and diverse congregation
Young and old; single, married or divorced; people of all ethnicities, languages, abilities, orientation and genders can feel at home.
Our main hymnbook is Singing the Faith. We have a copyright licence to reproduce words from other sources.
Holy Communion is very important in the Methodist church and the monthly frequency makes it a special service. Everyone is welcome to participate in all of our worship and so at Communion everyone is invited to come to the front and kneel with others at the Communion rail. If you raise your hands you will receive a small piece of bread and a small glass of non-alcoholic wine. Or you may wish not to receive the bread and wine but instead receive a blessing – usually the minister will place his or her hand on your head and pray words of blessing.
Everyone is welcome and so our children are also invited to receive the bread and wine, if their parents so wish. We are happy to have a variety of practices within our church.
Our Sunday services
Our Sunday services are at 11:00 is led by a variety of preachers, and usually lasts about an hour. Tea and coffee are served afterwards. Newcomers do not need to bring a fully-found faith in God. Indeed, the doubts and questions of people feeling their way towards faith can help us all.
Resources used in worship
Holy Communion is celebrated once a month during morning service. For Communion services we use the Methodist Worship Book, Iona liturgies or other published or non-published resources.
The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible (NRSV) can be found in the pews. There are two large print copies available on request from the door steward.
Wheelchair access to the church is via the main entrance.
A public address system is used during services and there is a loop system for the hard-of-hearing.
Message from our Minister..
Rev. Shirlyn Toppin
Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ, our Intercessor and Friend.
Now is the time:
not for suspicion but for acceptance
not for envy but for sharing
not for isolation but for welcoming
not for destruction but for regeneration
not for hurt but for healing
not for death but for life.
We are called to experience, explore and reflect on the power of God working in our lives and the life of the gathered and scattered church community. This calling should also be displayed in our commitment and willingness to respond to Christ commission, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age”
(Matthew 28: 19-20).
Therefore, the time is now, not tomorrow or when we are certain of God’s purpose for us, but in awareness that it is God, who equips and strengthen us in our given task. The time is now, not tomorrow for us to rejoice in the richness of God’s blessings and risk something of ourselves that the gospel message would touch lives around us. The time is now, for us to exemplify Christ transformative work on cross, through acts of forgiveness and extended grace for healing and renewal.
As we continue in our Christian discipleship, may we have the faith to face the challenges we will encounter and the humility to place them before God’s throne of grace.
Peace and Grace,
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I wear to church?
Anything you like! Some of our members still come to church very smartly dressed, others of us wear our suits during the week and are glad to come in jeans and T-shirts. We also wear traditional African dress, student hoodies, homemade jumpers.
What time should I arrive, and how long does the service last?
Our worship starts at 1100; some people will arrive early to prepare the building, but most arrive between 1055. Oh, and if you’re late, don’t worry – you won’t be the last person to arrive, there’s always someone after you!
The service lasts on average one hour. Services of Holy Communion tend to be a bit longer (approx. 75 minutes).
Coffee, tea and biscuits are served after each service, and if you stop and chat, then you could be at church for a further 30-45 minutes – but that is entirely up to you!
Who leads the service?
The welcome is always given by a member of the church who is the duty-steward. The leader of the service may be our minister or a Local Preacher. Local Preachers are not ordained and have been trained by the Methodist Church as preachers – they come from all backgrounds and across all ages. This variety of preachers is a rich strength of Methodism as Local Preachers are well-placed to make connections between their secular lives and the Gospel message. The names of all the preachers are published in advance and can be found in the Calendar of Events.