Monday, 28 March 2011

Leeds,Oxford Place

Visiting Oxford Place, Leeds you cannot fail to be impressed by the incredible building. Oxford Place Centre comprises Oxford Place Methodist Church and Oxford Place Community Care alongside Oxford Chambers which provides office accommodation.

As with many of our city centre Mission churches it has a long history of team ministry, the staff team currently being made up of the Superintendent, Rev Adrian Burdon, Deacon Jenny Jones and Rev Caroline Ryder, Chaplain to the University.

I discovered the church is normally open six days a week from Monday to Friday with the lounge coffee bar and every Sunday for worship with the Methodist congregation in the morning and an Ethiopian congregation in the afternoon. On the second Sunday of each month there is a Reflective Service at 6.30pm and on the third Sunday of each month Time to Talk.

Person to Person - A drop-in listening service opens Monday-Friday 10.00am-2.00pm for people who are worried, anxious or distressed.

The Brunswick Prayer Chapel and the Church are both open daily for prayer and reflection.

The Oxford Chambers building provides office accommodation for, Women's Counselling and Therapy, Home-Start, Christian Aid, Mediation Leeds, Leeds Bereavement Forum, West Yorkshire family Mediation, Leeds Life Pregnancy Care, Genesis Leeds Project, Relate, Terrence Higgins Trust, West Yorkshire learning Consortium and the Leeds Methodist District office.

Located in the basement of the church is the Children's centre, providing support for children whose parents are attending the adjacent courts as defendants or witnesses, because of domestic proceedings, or to support friends.

I joined the morning congregation for worship and we shared in lunch and conversation together about the future mission of the church with the staff team and Chair of the Leeds District Rev Liz Smith.

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