Thank you for visiting the website. We hope that you will find these pages useful and we warmly invite you to join us for worship at any of our churches. Each of our churches works to make the love of God known and to share the Good News of the Gospel through worship and witness and through the work the members do within their local communities.
Forest Circuit Leadership Team, ministers and lay representatives are jointly responsible for overseeing the life and work of the Methodist churches under the team ministry. In Forest Circuit we have twelve churches across the London Borough of Waltham Forest, Wanstead and Loughton.
The churches in Forest Circuit exist to proclaim the Gospel of Christ by helping people to find and follow Jesus in an ever-changing world. Our aim is to be a Christ-centred welcoming Circuit, reaching out to the community, encouraging followers of Christ and demonstrating God’s love in such a way that others cannot ignore it.
South Chingford Methodist
Church - Empty
Empty stands the church and silent,
closed and doors secured
Walk completely round the building
order, rest assured.
But surely there’s something missing
congregation, we’re not there
There’s no organ playing. There’s no singing
surprising, no one’s there
There’s no one to bid us welcome
one to lead our prayers.
There’s no one to read the Bible
communion, you’re not there
Wait awhile in meditation
you hear the angels’ singing?
Can you feel a Holy presence
fear and calmness bringing?
Bow your head in contemplation
no worries, someone’s near
This is your Emmaus journey
HE IS HERE !
In Forest Methodist Circuit through the hiring out of our premises we aim to help create a sense of community in the neighbourhoods where people live and work. We hope that an increased sense of community will lead to more personal involvement and more cultural, educational and social activities, which will create a better community and a better place for us to live: communities where the presence of God can more clearly be seen.
If you would like to contact our Circuit Office for more information, please call the Circuit Administrator on 020 8558 7645 or email us on
If you would like to listen to a prayer of the Methodist Church during the current Coronavirus pandemic, please phone this free phone number:
0808 281 2514
If you would like to listen to a Daily Hope message from the Archbishop of Canterbury, please phone this free phone number: 0800 804 8044
Good News item
Leo Cheng works as an Oral maxillo-facial surgeon for the NHS and amongst his other talents he is a Local Preacher in the Methodist Church. Every year since 2003 he has given up two weeks of his annual holiday to work for Mercy Ships. This is an international organisation which staffs a floating hospital of mainly volunteers which travels throughout the world, giving free medical care to all those in need. Often his wife Rev Hilary Cheng goes with him on the Mercy Ship as she gives her time as a chaplain.
There is a TV series about Mercy Ships airing on Channel TBN UK, which is Freeview channel no. 65 and Sky channel no. 582. The series features an interview with Leo where you can hear about some of the facial operations he carries out, for people who could never afford to pay for the treatment.
The series is available on demand as "Everyday Heroes" at page