From the Minister
Welcome - for you are indeed very welcome, not just to our website, but also to our church where we hope and pray that, as well as seeing a friendly face, you will come to experience something of the amazing love God has for each one of us, whoever we are, and whatever our journey in life has been.
I'm Andrew, and I have been Minister at Stratton since September 2018, though I have been a Minister in Swindon since 2011 at the Dorcan Church (shared with my wife Trudie who is "the vicar") and since 2016 at Wroughton Methodist.
I look forward to greeting you if you are able to come along to Stratton Methodist Church.
I came across this 'welcome' on another church website, Renfield St Stephens in Glasogw, and it seemed to sum up my kind of church:
"Welcome to our church - open, welcoming, accepting, rooted in the Bible and relevant to life in today's world.
"Our church is a place to belong, a place to make friendships, a place to learn and grow, a place to find the faith you may have lost, to strengthen the faith you have and discover the faith you've always wanted, a place to make a difference in our world.
"We welcome everyone here; we are a diverse group of people … with all kinds of dreams, fears, problems, strengths and weaknesses. We are very aware that we are not perfect and neither is the world we live in, but we have great hope that a different future is possible when we come together in response to Jesus's love for every human being.
"If you have no religious background at all, that's not an issue here; you don't have to dress up; you won't feel any pressure; you can bring your questions and your doubts. We are committed to searching and learning, serving, creating and celebrating together.
"You are welcome to make a virtual visit and get a taste online, but, if you find yourself in our corner of the world, we would love to meet you and welcome you face to face."
If any of this sounds right for you, why not come along and join us. You are welcome.