Our faith

We believe and trust in God, who loves us all.

We believe and trust in Jesus, who showed us what love means.

We believe and trust in the Holy Spirit, who helps us to love in return.

Where to find us

Drive along the main road through Woodstock and, just opposite the King's Arms Hotel, you will discover Woodstock Methodist Church. With a membership of 65 and a Junior Church numbering about 15, it is a warm, welcoming church with a vibrant worshipping community.

As well as our own activities, we are committed to supporting groups and events in the wider community and across the world. We are a Fairtrade church and our current church project is to support two charities, Helen & Douglas House and All We Can (formerly Methodist Relief & Development). Information on all our activities can be found on the pages of this website.

Corona-virus Update

We are now worshipping in our building again every Sunday at 10.30am, including singing and refreshments and conversation after the service. All are welcome.

Should you need to contact our Minister, Paul, or the Church Stewards for any reason, or wish to be added to our Prayer List, then please use the information given in the Contact us section.

Our preaching

We are led in our worship by our full-time Minister, Paul Carter, and his family. Paul is relatively new to his role in the clergy, having transitioned from a long career as a lecturer in Phonetics and Linguistics at various universities. We support him in thoughts, prayers and actions as he finds his way in his ministry. He is a very gifted preacher and musician who combines deep theological knowledge with a wry sense of Yorkshire humour – often built around his other passion for… trains!

In Methodist tradition, as well as having Paul as our Minister, many of our services are led by a wonderful group of lay-preachers and retired Ministers from the Oxford Circuit. This means that there is constant variety in our worship styles and hymn-singing. We have an All-Age Holy Communion Service which is open to all every 4 - 6 weeks.

Sermons online and video reflections

For those people who are unable to make it to our services for any reason, and for those people who were in Church, but would like to study a sermon given again in more detail, in the Comments Section of the website, we include the texts from a selection of recent sermons. This includes new Minister, Paul's recent sermons, which helps us to get to know him better. We include the details of the set texts from the Lectionary, around which the sermon was based, so that you can study these for yourselves before reading the sermon and benefitting from the preacher's special insights.

In addition to the sermon collection, we include a selection of video reflections and other study aids to help people on their personal spiritual journeys.

Dates for the diary and church news

Various sections of the website are dedicated to events being staged in and around the Church and in our local community. We also have a News Section which gives information particularly about the different charities that we support through regular giving campaigns and other fund-raising efforts.

Church facilities for hire

We also delighted to be able to offer our facilities for hire by individuals and community groups. If you need space for an event, club, meeting or some special get-together, whether regularly or on a one-off basis, please do see what we have to offer by checking out our bookings page.

All are welcome!

Please do take the time to look around. And please, should you ever be passing through Woodstock, do drop in and see us. You will be made most welcome.


Prayer for the Week

May God grant us the vision to see
beauty in the bleakest landscape
truth in the most confusing of questions
glimpses of holiness in the darkness of despair.
May God,
the Weaver of Life,
the Author of the Word,
and the Source of all Wisdom,
bless each one of us now and always.

Michaela Youngson

Regular Times of Worship

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