Wesley Memorial Church, Oxford

Open to God, Open to All


Since September 2017, Wesley Memorial Church has had a small residential community based in a flat on its premises in central Oxford. After this first year, two of the three members are moving on, and so we are looking for two new people to join from September 2018.


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 bedrooms, a modern and well equipped kitchen, a shower room, and a comfortable lounge. A balcony provides lovely views over the Oxford skyline. 

Rent is £470pm for each of the two smaller bedrooms. Bills for utilities & Council Tax are 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 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 are worked out and agreed by the community members themselves, with support and input from the church.

The church provides pastoral support to the community as a group as well as the individual members through a pastoral visitor. The visitor meets periodically with the community (e.g. by joining them on a community night), and helps facilitate discussions about and reflections on community living, address any areas of tension or conflict, and looks 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

Pictures of the flat

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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 and apply

To apply for a place, please email paul.spray@wesleymem.org.uk, to tell us a little about yourself and why you are interested in joining the community.


We will invite shortlisted applicants to come along to the church for worship on a Sunday morning, followed by a tour of the flat, a meal and an informal interview with the continuing community member and some church members to explore how you meet the selection criteria. This would also be an important chance for you to ask any questions you have to help you think through if this is the right opportunity for you. 


The interviewing group will then make a decision about whether a place is offered. References will be required from a church leader and an employer/financial provider before the place is confirmed.

  • New Inn Hall Street
  • Oxford
  • OX1 2DH

01865 243216
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