Wesley Memorial Church, Oxford

Open to God, Open to All

  • New Inn Hall Street
  • Oxford
  • OX1 2DH

01865 243216
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Are you looking for a church to be involved in and a place to live with other Christians in Oxford?

In October 2017, Wesley Memorial Church is launching a residential Christian community for three people based in a flat on its premises in central Oxford. We are now seeking expression of interest from potential community members.

The church

Wesley Memorial is a busy, active and inclusive Methodist church in the heart of Oxford. With members of all ages, it seeks to be an open, welcoming community where each person is valued and where the love of God is shared.

You can find out more about the church and its mission and activities by exploring this website, or coming along to worship on a Sunday morning.

View from balconyThe flat

The centrally heated flat is on the second floor of the church premises, above offices and meeting rooms. It offers three single bedrooms, a modern and well equipped kitchen and bathroom, and a comfortable living room. A balcony provides lovely views over the Oxford skyline. 

Rent will be £470pm for each of the two smaller bedrooms, and £520pm for the larger bedroom. Bills will be in addition to this.

What does it mean to live in community?

Since the earliest apostles, Christians have gathered in community to pray, learn and minister together. Intentional residential communities, in particular, have provided an alternative model for social relationships and shared living, a supportive context for deepening discipleship, and a springboard for mission and ministry.

Members of the Wesley Mem community will have the support of the church as they seek to live together as a Christian community alongside their daily work or studies. Community living will manifest itself in a ‘community night’ each week, shared fellowship and prayer, collective responsibility for the flat and its communal areas, some sharing of food/cooking and potentially hospitality. The practical details of community living will be worked out and agreed by the community members themselves, with support and input from the church.

The church will provide pastoral support to the community as a group as well as the individual members through a pastoral visitor. The visitor will meet periodically with the community (e.g. by joining them on a community night), and help facilitate discussions about and reflections on community living, address any areas of tension or conflict, and look to nurture the wellbeing and involvement of each member.

Community Ethos

The expectations, responsibilities and commitments on the part of community members and the church are set out in the following statement:

The Community Ethos - a Statement of Intent

The Community is a joint venture between Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, Oxford and the members of the community. It is a place of shared Christian life: living and loving together in prayer and action.

The Church offers the community members:

  • a place for personal and collective development and spiritual growth
  • practical and pastoral support to sustain the ethos of the community
  • suitable accommodation at reasonable rent
  • opportunities to give practical expression to their faith
  • hospitality and an opportunity to get to know church members

The community members offer the Church:

  • involvement in Wesley Memorial as their home church
  • an active committed group of people on site

The Church and the community members endeavour to:

  • work together in faith and action
  • follow the agreed selection procedure for new members of the community
  • review this statement every three years or as agreed 

The community members share:

  • love and support in day-to-day living
  • prayer and spiritual encouragement
  • an agreed approach to the practical aspects of living together.

Agreed by Wesley Memorial Church Council, March 2017

Selection criteria

We are looking for potential community members who are:

A. Christian

We are looking for people...

  • interested in exploring faith issues and what it means to be Christian in this place and time.
  • open to discovering that of God in other people.
  • willing to become involved with Wesley Memorial Church as their home church, as part of the worshipping congregation and through volunteering their time and energy according to their gifts and graces.

B. Member of a community

We seek people who...

  • are single
  • are looking for the opportunity to live in community
  • are willing to take their share of community responsibilities
  • will happily and openly engage with the other members of the community.

To find out more or apply

If you are interested in exploring this opportunity further, please click here to email Simeon Mitchell, Convenor of the Community Management Group, telling us a little about yourself and why you are interested.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to come to a Wesley Mem morning service and view the flat. This will be followed by a meal with an interviewing group of church members to explore what you are looking/hoping for and to assess your suitability against the selection criteria.

References will be required from a church leader and an employer/financial provider before the place is confirmed.