The present Methodist congregation at Bayston Hill was formed in 2010 by the uniting of an existing congregation in Bayston Hill with the majority of a congregation from St. John's Hill Methodist Church (Shrewsbury Town Centre). We have the shared desire of seeking the right vision and programme for developing our presence as a church in Bayston Hill, which is growing out of continuing prayer and conversation.
Our Sunday congregation is predominantly made up of older people, but it is one that welcomes innovation and experiment, as opportunity allows. Built on a spirituality that is sometimes described as 'traditional', or 'formal', we are also keen to find opportunities for people to explore worship in less formal styles.
Rev. James Eaton-Challinor
Contact: Tel:01743 260939 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
"I'm originally from Staffordshire but spent 15 years working in London and living in Essex. I trained part time for ministry at the South East Institute of Theological Education which was based in Southwark. I was stationed to the Shropshire and Marches Circuit in 2015, this being my first ministerial appointment. I spent the first three years based in Tenbury Wells with a number of small rural chapels in Worcestershire, Shropshire and Herefordshire.
In 2018 I moved up to Shrewsbury and I'm now the minister covering the whole of the town and also Bayston Hill and Bomere Heath.
I am passionate about equality and long to see a church where everyone truly is welcome irrespective of their gender, sexuality or race. For many Christianity is irrelevant and sometimes those in our churches seem to confirm that. So perhaps it's time we broke the mould and started again and demolish the walls of our buildings, the barriers that separate and make the good news known again.
I live with my husband Terry and our two beagles. Follow me on Twitter @JamesChallinor"
Dilys Jones is our Senior Church Steward.
Other Church Stewards are : Andy Carson, Margaret Greenwood, Chris Holman and Chris Kennett
In contrast to Sunday mornings:
Our "Praise & Play" congregation which meets twice monthly on a Wednesday morning (2nd and 4th Wednesday) is largely made up of young carers and their babies and toddlers.
We look to God to guide us into a way of worship and spirituality that can embrace people of all ages and experiences, acknowledging that every person develops his or her own way of offering meaningful and sincere worship and should be able to do so within the common life of the Church.