FARMLANDS METHODISTS

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Farmlands Methodist Church is one of the churches which make up the Romford Circuit, part of the London District of The Methodist Church of Great Britain.

Farmlands was established in 1972 as a planting from Brentwood Methodist Church and since 1973 we have met and worshipped in the Parish Church of All Saints, Doddinghurst.  Farmlands took its name from the now defunct telephone exchange which, at that time, covered the area made up of Doddinghurst, Blackmore, Hook End, Wyatts Green, Stondon Massey and Kelvedon Hatch.  We are a small and friendly congregation and share our Minister, Rev. Jason Vinyard, with Upminster and Brentwood,  Methodist churches.

In 1991 the three churches in Doddinghurst - All Saints (Anglican), St. Margaret of Scotland (Catholic) and Farmlands entered into a Covenant to work together as far as possible and this was celebrated with a service on 19th May 1991 in All Saints which was attended by the Bishops of Bradwell and Brentwood and the Chairman of the then London North East District.  The three churches work together throughout the village to collect money during Christian Aid Week.

During Lent and Advent the three churches meet each week to pray together and discussion and study groups meet from time to time with representatives of the three churches.  Throughout the year a weekly prayer group meets in the home of one of our members to pray for matters affecting the village and its activities.

Four times each year, the Covenant Churches host a service for one of the year groups in Doddinghurst Junior School.  At the end of the service, the Doddinghurst Covenant Award is given to the member of the year group who is the most helpful and caring child in the year.

In 2000, after many years of working together, All Saints and Farmlands signed a sharing agreement in respect of the Parish Church as evidence of their close working arrangements and following on from this, All Saints Church was registered for weddings conducted in accordance with the Methodist rite.