Central Methodist Church Launceston

reaching out with Christ at the Centre

Frequently Asked Questions
Everyone has questions when they try something new. Here are some questions that we are commonly asked, we hope that they will answer some of your queries. If we have missed anything, just get in touch and we will do our best to answer.


Who comes to Central?
Anyone and everyone is more than welcome. Central has a mixed congregation who come together from a variety of backgrounds and traditions.
How many people attend?
Central is a medium sized church with around 90 adults and children in attendance each Sunday morning at the 10.30am worship service. Around 20-30 people attend the evening services. The 245 Revive evening services attract around 60 people.
Are there differences between your services?
Each Sunday morning at 10.30am there is a worship service. The first Sunday morning of the month is a family service which is relaxed and aimed at families and all ages.
Sunday Evening Worship takes place each week at 6.30pm. On the first Sunday the service is traditional in style, reflective and more intimate.
On the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays of the month at 6.30pm, ’245 Revive' worship takes place. It is contemporary in style with modern worship songs from tracks and invited bands. There is an invited speaker who brings a message and teaching. The evening is relaxed and welcoming.
On the third Sunday evening at 6.30 pm 'Praise & Learning' takes place in the church hall. It is a relaxed home group style of service with song, prayer and teaching.
On the first Tuesday of the month at 10am there is a Healing Service with Holy Communion.
What happens at your services?
While there are specific things we do at special times of the year (like Christmas or Easter), all our services tend to include the following:
  • We sing together a variety of songs, from the contemporary to the traditional led by an organist or musicians. We also use high quality backing tracks for some of the modern worship songs.
  • We have a time of prayer
  • Church announcements are provided for on a printed news sheet to take away.
  • We hear the Bible read to us, and then explained in a talk – called a sermon with lasts for 15 - 20 minutes.
  • Every few weeks, we share Communion. The wine is non alcoholic.
After the service, there is the chance to pray in confidence with a member of our Prayer Ministry team or to meet others for refreshments.

How long are the services?
The 10.30am services are normally about an hour but can sometimes stretch to about an hour and fifteen minutes. The traditional evening service is 50 minutes to an hour whilst the 245 Revive services are about an hour and a half. The Praise and Learning evening is about an hour and fifteen minutes.
Do you collect money during the service?
Yes we do, in what we refer to as an offering. As a church we believe that giving our money to God's work in this way is an act of worship and enables us to further  continue the work of Central in supporting the local community. If you are not a regular attender of the church, please do not feel any pressure at all into putting anything into the offering bags.
Will I be asked to do anything during the service?
No, you have nothing to fear! Whilst a number of people from the congregation play an active role in our services, we want Central to be as safe and as unthreatening a place as possible, so you will never be asked to do anything you do not want to do.
Can I bring my children?
Absolutely - they are very welcome! Our children's ministry is a big part of our work at Central. We offer Club Sunday on the third Sunday of the month at the 10.30am service as well as an annual holiday club during August. All our volunteers working with children have a current DBS (formerly CRB) certificate and we adhere to an up-to-date child protection policy as prescribed by the Methodist Church.
What is the dress code?
There is no dress code - we want you to feel comfortable. You are welcome to come as you are.
Can I park at the church?
There are ample local car parks within 50 and 100 yards of Central with no charge on Sundays. There are also some spaces available close by on the road.
Do you have provision for the hard of hearing or partially sighted?
It is important to us that everyone feels welcome at Central and that our services and activities are as accessible as possible. All service content is projected on to a large screen and uses colour schemes and font sizes which are helpful for the partially sighted. For the hard of hearing we operate a loop system incorporated in a modern professional sound system.
Is there suitable disabled access at the church
There is disabled access on each side of the church building, suitable for wheelchairs. Seating for carers and wheelchairs is available at the front of the church. If you have any questions don't hesitate to speak to the church steward. A disabled toilet is available.
How do I get involved?
There are many ways to get involved at Central, whether it is participating in a Home Group, or assisting in the various activities run by the church. If you have an idea of what you would like to do, please do get in touch with Reverend Malcolm at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 01566 776603. You may prefer to speak to a Church Steward at one of the services. Look out for the duty stewards who wear a small badge, or ask any church member who will be able to help you.

Foodbank Appeal

Can you help?

In the current epidemic crisis there is a very big need for food contributions for the Launceston Foodbank.

If you can help, please leave your contributions in the collection points at Tescos or the Cooperative food stores who support the scheme.

More information here