A Mission in Song

Methodist LogoSacred or Secular, BMYC sings the words with feeling and passion. Concerts are often joyful or moving.

Who are we?

Sample icon 2 The choir is made up of 16 to 27 year
old Christians, but not exclusively Methodists.

What do we do?

Sample icon 3BMYC travels around the UK visiting Methodist Churches performing concerts and contributing to services. 

Looking for a Christian Community in central London?

Current 19 Thayer Street Community

The 19 Thayer Street Community is part of Hinde Street Methodist Church. The Community has space for five members (currently four) and members make a commitment to contributing to the life of the Church and the life of the Community. We are currently looking for a new (male) member to join us.

 

Community Living

Community life tends to focus on the weekly “Community Night” and the sharing of food, as well as the more social and spiritual sides of communal living. We all set aside every Monday night, to spend time together. This usually takes the form of dinner followed by an activity, reflection or something more social. We take it in turns to lead the evening. This is also the time we gather together to discuss issues and make plans.
The food in the community is communal, and one person takes responsibility for the shopping each week. We have full-time jobs/ studies, so we do not always overlap in the evenings, but if we do we try to eat together. We also take joint responsibility for cleaning the flat, usually before dinner on Monday night.

Community as Part of Church

The 19 Thayer Street Community is an integral part of the Church and we contribute to the life of the rest of the Church both individually and as a group. The commitment varies according to our own interests and abilities and the needs of the Church. The Church is active in many areas and there is a broad range of opportunities for getting involved, including social work projects, helping out with children and young people, involvement with music and worship, and many more.

 

‘The Housemates’

There is room for five people in the Community. Currently there are four housemates: Caroline, Senga, Christophe and Grace. We are a group of young people in our twenties and thirties from all walks of life and backgrounds but with a common faith. We try to maintain a gender balance, and so we are looking for another man to join us.

Practicalities

We share a furnished, sunny flat next to the church at 19 Thayer Street, near Bond Street tube station. The flat has two storeys (the second and third floor of the building) and has a large lounge, a separate k

itchen, five bedrooms, a bathroom and a toilet.
Rent is £524 from September 2010, and is reviewed annually. Heating and water are included in the rent, but other bills (council tax, electricity, TV licence, telephone and wireless broadband) are additional. The total cost of bills amounts to approximately £50 per month.

As mentioned above, food is communal. We have a ‘kitty’ system in relation to shopping for food and other essential items, which is an important element of our life as a community. Everyone contributes £20 a week towards the weekly shopping, and we then share the food/essentials.

About the Church

Hinde Street Methodist Church is part of the West London Mission, a circuit well-known for its vibrant, active social work projects. It aims to help London’s most marginalized people, including the homeless and those struggling with addictions. The church itself is known for its thoughtful and liberal teaching and diverse membership. There are four services on a Sunday : a small, contemplative communion service at 10am, the main service at 11am, a Korean-speaking service at 2pm, and an informal evening service, mostly made up of people in their 20’s and 30’s, held at 6.30pm. There is also another community attached to the church, made up of six members, at 16a Hinde Street.

Next Steps

If you are interested in the vacancy, we would recommend that you…

  1. Visit the church. We strongly recommend that you come to a service at Hinde Street to see if it is a place you would like to call home. A visit will give you a sense of the liberal theology, the style of worship and the congregation. Just ask the stewards or ministers to point out one of the community members after the service – there is bound to be one of us there, and we will be very happy to chat to you about the Community.
  2. Find out more. Do feel free to contact us with particular questions, to arrange an informal viewing of the flat, and/or to meet and chat with any of the community members. After a service would be an ideal time.
  3. Come for an interview. If you’ve decided you are seriously interested in the vacancy, we would like to invite you for dinner one evening so that you can ask any questions you like, and vice versa.

 

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