Bingham Methodist Church have recently welcomed a new Minister to take forward their church and community work in their new Methodist Centre building.
Rev Martin Smithson took up the new appointment on 1st September and became Minister to a number of churches including Bingham, East Bridgford, Cropwell Butler and Scarrington as well as Superintendent Minister of Grantham and the Vale of Belvoir Circuit.
Martin has been a Minister for 35 years serving first in Manchester, then in the Leicester area for 19 years, at Syston then Wigston. After which he moved to Wantage in Oxfordshire in 2005 and remained there for 11 years until he moved to Bingham this summer with his wife Judith, who is a recently retired teacher.
Martin said of his time so far, “I have been made very welcome in Bingham. I like that it’s small enough to feel like a community but with plenty of activity. I was pleased to find churches in Bingham working together as well.”
Martin takes over as Minister six months after the opening of the new Bingham Methodist Centre, the only new build Methodist Church to open in 2016. In that short time the building has become a hub of community and church life, with a growing congregation for services, and many regular activities taking place in the hall and meeting rooms, including a busy playgroup, community cinema, yoga and other fitness classes, job club and two coffee mornings. In addition, Barnardos charity shop has been operating from one of the retail spaces since February and a new furniture shop is preparing for opening in mid-October in the large retail space upstairs overlooking Eaton Place.
Martin said of the new premises, “I love the new church building. One of the things which attracted me here was to work with a church which has just achieved that and is keen to now use it as fully as possible and to explore what the next steps will be in both building up the life of the church itself and develop ways of serving the community of which we are a part.”
For more information about the Bingham Methodist Church can be found on their website www.binghammethodist.org.uk and you can follow the Bingham Methodist Church facebook page at: www.facebook.com/BinghamMC