Thank you for visiting our website and I hope that you find it gives you at least a glimpse of Clapham Methodist Church.
We are part of Clapham Methodist Circuit, which comprises Stockwell Methodist Church (Jeffery’s Road SW4 6QX) and Springfield Methodist Church (Wandsworth Road SW8 2JU) as well as our church in Clapham High Street (SW4 7JR).
I am the Superintendent Minister – based at the High Street church and the Revd Arlington Trotman has pastoral oversight of Stockwell and Springfield.
The Revd Hewie Andrew is a Supernumerary Minister in the Circuit, and he still has an office at the church, from where he runs the Queen Mother Moore School, which meets on Saturdays and provides additional education for black school children – and he also teaches at St. Martins in the Fields’ High School, in Tulse Hill, Brixton. The Revd Dani Wright is the fourth minister in the circuit and she is a ‘sector minister’, who is a full time nurse at St. Thomas’s Hospital.
That’s the ministerial team, but like all Methodist Churches, Clapham depends on its lay leadership and you will find details of some of the people that make sure the church runs as it should – for worship and witness.
You will also see that in 2011, the church had a major renovation programme and our million pound scheme provided a glass frontage which comes right on to the pavement of the busy Clapham High Street, where the road traffic and the pedestrian traffic never stops and hopefully makes it obvious that we are here to relate to the community that we seek to serve. Clapham High Street is full of shops, bars and restaurants and on a Saturday nights at least 8,000 people use the many bars and clubs which are near us.
There are many different groups that use our premises and we are always looking for new ways to make our Christian faith meaningful and helpful not just to those who are members of the church, but to those who are non-members as well. The membership of the church is about 200 and includes people of many different backgrounds, ages and cultures. In the main the church membership is of African and Caribbean origin, many of whom have been living in this part of London for 40 years or more.
We hope that you may want to know more about us – and, if you are in the area, you would be most welcome to come and have a look round or, of course, join us at Sunday worship or at our Coffee Shop, which is open every Wednesday and Friday, from 10.30 a.m. – 1 p.m. The main service is on Sunday at 11 a.m., but we also have a 6.30 p.m. service on Sundays and a regular Prayer and Bible Study every Wednesday at 7.30 p.m.
Please contact us if you have any questions you would like to ask and may God richly bless you.
The Revd Norman A. Grigg