Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another...
Located at the geographical heart of the community, Strathmore Road Methodist Church seeks to serve the community as Jesus would have. Rowlands Gill nestles in the wooded valleys of the River Derwent, stretching from Thornley Woods, near Lockhaugh along the valley to Lintzford and Hamsterley Mill, and up the hill to Highfield, Victoria Garesfield, Hookergate and High Spen. Our members live all over the district and some beyond.
Fellowship groups meet together on a regular basis for friendship, mutual support and encouragement, and to support each other in life and in our relationships with God.
Sherburn Pastoral Group meet monthly for social outings and house groups, mostly monthly but other nights as arranged. We are open to anyone who would like to join in. Please contact Joan Kelly for further information.
Men's Breakfast is a social group for men attached to the church and friends. We normally meet on a Saturday morning once a month, with typically a cooked breakfast followed by either a short talk by noteworthy individuals, a walk in the countryside, work on the church grounds or another activity. We sometimes also meet on a Friday evening 'breakfast' in a local public house, usually the delightful Fox and Hounds Inn at Coalburns.
The Ladies Club is the longest running organisation in the church and was originally known as the "young wives". We have recently celebrated our Emerald Anniversary - 55 years - and held a celebratory afternoon tea in the church hall. Ladies Club meet on alternate Fridays and have a varied program of speakers followed by a cup of tea. Occasionally we go out for afternoon tea and later in the year are going to Durham Cathedral. There is an annual service in November and Christmas evening in December.
Open Doors is a welcoming fellowship for women during school term time. It meets on Fridays at 10.30am.
Open Doors began over 20 years ago as an ecumenical group for women of all ages from Rowlands Gill and the surrounding area, to develop friendship and fellowship by sharing different Christian viewpoints and common concerns in a friendly and caring atmosphere.
We have a varied programme with speakers (some informative, some inspirational) and activities (sometimes creative, sometimes recreational). We meet informally and chat over coffee, with no 'fixed' membership as such: friends drop in and out as often or as rarely as they wish. Those who come support each other - sometimes in prayer, sometimes in tears, and often with laughter. Our doors continue to be open to any who wish to join us.
Spread is a drama group that happens at Strathmore Road Methodist Church. We all meet in the main hall, play games, discuss drama and put a short sketch together to perform at the end of the night to the other groups. During Spread we have time for refreshments and to socialise. The minimum age for Spread is 11 and there is no charge.
Bridges are dedicated group of people who organise a variety of social and outreach events in and around the church. The group aims to Bridge the gap between the church and the local community.
Many people can initially find a Church a daunting place to attend, perhaps worried that they will not know anyone, not knowing what to expect when they arrive. Bridges tries to help by organising friendly social events where people can come along, meet church members, ask any questions they want and have a great time in to the bargain. You would be most welcome to come along and join us at an event.
Strathmore Road Methodist Church is proud to host the National Blood Service in providing local blood donation sessions throughout the year.