Wesley Memorial Church
New Inn Hall Street, Oxford
We are a diverse congregation which seeks to be ‘open to God and open to all’.
Whether you are planning to visit Oxford, staying for a few weeks or months or considering making Wesley Memorial your home, we welcome you.
We hope you will join us for Sunday worship and during the week when the church is open to visitors, those who need somewhere quiet for contemplation and those who wish to leave prayer requests.
Information about our current activities can be found on the Wesley Memorial Church website.
Wesley Memorial Church was opened in 1878 and was designed in neo-gothic style by Charles Bell. The church is a memorial to John and Charles Wesley who came to Oxford as undergraduate students in the 1720s and who founded what was to become the Methodist movement. John was later to describe their time in Oxford as the ‘first rise in Methodism.’
Origins of the congregation
Wesley Memorial church building replaced a more modest chapel, opened in 1818, that was immediately behind the current building.
The congregation today
Today’s congregation is all age and diverse. We welcome those of all faiths and none, all genders and those who are not sure, those who are mixed up and those who just like to mix. Together we help each other to learn how to be more Christ-like, in our worship and in service to others.
On Wednesday mornings we offer freshly brewed coffee or tea to shoppers and visitors to the city.
A term-time drop in play centre, Rainbow House, for pre-school aged children and their carers operates three days a week.
On Wednesdays at 12.30 a short prayer service is held in the church to which all are welcome.
Wesley Memorial is also home to, and supports Oxford Phab.
Wesley Memorial is the only city centre Methodist Church in Oxford.
Many making a special tour or pilgrimage of the Wesley sites like to spend some time in this building.
If you are coming to Oxford, why not call in?