Anglican-Methodist Partnership


On 7th September 1969 the Anglican (Church of England) and Methodist partnership was inaugurated in the presence of the Bishop of Peterborough and the Chairman of the Oxford District.
Since that time a Methodist minister has been working in equal partnership with the Anglican vicar. The Church Council was set up immediately with members from both churches. The church acted as one in matters of finance and policy, but took its time to decide on the service pattern it would follow. While this was under discussion, the old church school building was completely rebuilt and much of the interior work was completed by church members. On 1st November 1970 the new Community Centre was dedicated.
The Sharing Agreement was finally signed in January 1972. In May that year the new 10 am service of Ministry of the Word and Holy Communion was introduced to replace the former 9.30 Parish Communion and 11 0'clock Morning service. Family Services on the first Sunday of each month were introduced at the same time. The two Sunday schools combined as St Giles Junior Church and the general pattern continues to this day.

The Sharing Agreement is reviewed from time to time, each review taking the partnership further in its partnership journey.

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