Folkestone Methodist Church was opened in January 1976 by the Rev. Sidney Tong, and was the climax of ten to twelve years of planning, the amalgamation of three churches and much sacrificial giving and commitment.
The design of the building is such that both worship and community use is possible. The large window at the front, which contains stained glass from the old Grace Hill church, is intended to show that there are no barriers between the worshippers and the world outside.
The names of the three meeting rooms in the church come from the three churches which came together to form the new church. Grace Hill room, Canterbury room from the church in Canterbury Road, and Sandgate room from the church in Sandgate. The Wesley room was added at a later date as needs increased.
South Kent Circuit of the Methodist Church
We are a part of the new part of the new South Kent Circuit, which formed in September 2011 when the former Folkestone and Ashford circuits joined forces to work together in unity. This new circuit covers from Folkestone across to Headcorn & Tenterden, and down across the Romney Marsh.
Our church services
We hold a morning worship service every Sunday at 10:30am, lasting about one hour. As is common with Methodist Churches, many of these are led by local preachers, offering us a variety of styles and thoughts on the bible passages for the day. We usually follow the Methodist Lectionary for bible readings.
We regret that we are unable to offer an evening service, but our sister church St Andrew's Methodist Church holds an evening service every Sunday at 6pm. They are located on Cheriton Road, Morehall (Folkestone) at the junction with Surrenden Road and adjacent the petrol station.