Central Methodist Church Launceston

reaching out with Christ at the Centre

All Church Services and Social Meetings are currently cancelled due to the Corona Virus Pandemic

Service sheets have been produced by the Methodist Church and will be provided each week on this site.
We are encouraging chapels to use this at the same time as their chapel service would have been on Sunday
so that we feel that we are still worshipping together, although not physically being together.

 
During the pandemic, Services adapted for no physical congregation will be live streamed from Wesley’s Chapel in London
Service times: Wednesday 12:45; Thursday 12:45 ; Sunday 9:45 and 11:00.
 


 

jma childrenlogo'The goal of Central Methodist Church is to respond to the gospel of God’s love in Christ through worship, discipleship, evangelism and mission.'

 

The children of the church are very active in their work for JMA (Junior Mission for All) which is part of the Methodist Church presence in the World Church and Mission Education. Each Sunday at Central, during the normall offering, a collection is made by the children for JMA.

 

JMA History Before the official beginning of the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society, children were involved in the support of the work. The movement began in 1812 when Joseph Blake heard a very inspiring sermon about missionary work. He returned to his village of Wandsworth, Surrey and started to encourage the children in his Sunday school class to contribute 1/2d (half a penny) a week for this work. Other teachers copied the idea and started to write down the names of the children in their classes and collect 1/2 d from them each week.

 

After a few weeks Blake noticed a drop in attendance and an investigation found that some children could not afford 1/2d and so would not attend. It was also brought to his notice that there was a rumour that the money he was collecting was not for missions but wages for the teachers! At this, Blake gave back all the money he had collected and put an equal amount from his own pocket into his missionary box.

 

In 1815, there was a Juvenile Missionary Society started at City Road, London. Similar Societies were also formed in Leeds, Hull, Halifax and at Kingswood School.

In 1815, Blake moved to Harrow and he found that there were no contributions made to missionary work except his own private subscription. In 1823, a local preacher named Mr Hill came to live in Harrow and he and Blake became good friends. They decided to hold a missionary meeting to try and arouse enthusiasm. They invited the secretaries from Mission House (then a house in Hatton Gardens).

 

After this meeting a missionary branch was formed; one of the collectors was a small boy of eight who, under the direction of his uncle, collected £2 5s (shillings) 0d (pence). The whole group raised £11 7s 0d in the first year. In 1830, the result was £35 6s 6d but later this result fell because a boy who had previously collected £11 0s 0d left Harrow.

 

By this time others were becoming interested and Blake was asked to work out a plan for training children to collect for missionary work. If it proved successful then it would be used throughout England. Blake emphasised that the plan to train the children to be collectors must not be estimated solely by the amount of money given to the Mission Society but by the way it would train their characters.

 

In 1841, JMA became an integral part of the Methodist Church throughout Britain, but the proportions of the money raised to support work 'at home' and 'overseas' varied from place to place, until in 1932 when the Methodist Uniting Conference laid down that:

 

'In every Circuit of Great Britain, and where possible, in every local church, there should be a Juvenile Missionary Association (later changed to Junior Mission for All), the members of which shall be taught to regard the missionary activity of the Church, as one whole, irrespective of geographical position. They shall collect for Mission, simply so denominated, and the amounts so collected ... shall be divided between the Methodist Missionary Society and the Home Mission Fund in the proportion of four-fifths and one-fifth respectively.'

 

Today JMA income is still divided in this way - £1 out of every £5 used for 'Mission in Britain' and the remaining £4 for work in other parts of the World Church. (In Ireland it is split half and half).

 

What are the aims of JMA?

From the very beginning, children have been encouraged to learn about the work of God through the world, and to make prayer a regular activity. In 1841 Mr Blake produced a children's paper entitled 'Juvenile Offerings' where, through prayers and articles, children could begin to learn of God's work and become part of it.

 

Education, prayer and service were the threefold aims of the Association, and were later incorporated into the JMA promise. In 1991 this became 'I promise to learn, pray and serve with the worldwide church of Jesus Christ'.


 

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


 

Spring Harvest

for all the family online … and its free!
Sadly, this year’s Spring Harvest event has been cancelled due to the pandemic. However even though this has left them with a £1.5m hole in their accounts which threatens their very future they are planning to launch the event online via Spring Harvest Home on YouTube from 13th – 17th April.

We can’t go to Spring Harvest this year so they're bringing Spring Harvest to us! - and it will be free and accessible for all. This is an amazing annual event for absolutely all of the family and will include adapted versions of the Big Start, Bible teaching, worship, seminars and perhaps some more light-hearted viewing, right through the day.

The team are currently working non-stop (in self isolation of course) to ensure this reaches us.

Spring Harvest Home will be on YouTube at the following link: SH2020 ...and please subscribe to the Spring Harvest channel and put the dates in your diary.

Moving forward, Spring Harvest believes that they will be able to deliver Spring Harvest again in 2021. Nobody knows what the long-term consequences Covid-19 will have for the event and our nation, but with us standing with them, they firmly believe they will be back next year.