Since September 2017, Wesley Memorial Church has hosted a small residential community based in a flat on its premises in central Oxford. 

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 balcony

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.

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 —work towards Christian Living: 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, possibly 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 work towards sharing:

  • care 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

         At present the flat rooms are all let to tenants.

        November 2019