East Finchley Methodist Church


Harvest Supper - A Visit from the Ambassador
Saturday 4 September 2014

Ambassador of BurundiOur annual Harvest Supper was honoured this year with a visit from the Ambassador of Burundi and three of his children. The church was decorated for harvest by Anna, Richard and Jane with garden produce, dried plants artifacts that remind us of a bountiful God. Robert and Graham prepared a three course meal for the 30 people that had gathered for the evening. Between theHarvest Dinner 2014

main course and the pudding the Ambassador spoke and outlined some of the work that is being carried among the poor of that country. This year's Harvest appeal by All We Can (The Methodist Relief and Development Fund) is highlighting its work in Burundi and the visit from the Ambassador brought this into focus. 

This was a great start to our Harvest thanksgiving and the October Open Church that runs throughout the month.

Church Anniversary
Posted: Sunday 8 June 2014 

EFM Birthday 2014

We have just celebrated our 192nd birthday and were delighted to invite our former pastor Brenda Dunstone to lead our Sunday morning service of celebration. Brenda arranged the service so that several of the congregation were involved in the prayers, meditations and readings which reflected on the events of Pentecost. 

It was also a joy to welcome back some former members and friends of EFM to join in our celebrations and to meet with Brenda again.

EFM Birthday 2014Afterwards, we enjoyed fellowship over a shared faith lunch and, because the weather was so warm and sunny, we were able to move out into the church garden. Members and friends of the church had worked really hard to provide a wide range of main course dishes and puddings to tempt the appetite.

Of course, there was a birthday cake and a rousing 'Happy Birthday to EFM.

Cake Sale for Christian Aid

Saturday 10th May 2014

Cake Sale

At the start of Christian Aid Week we held our annual Cake Sale to raise money for this charity that helps those in need around the world.

On sale were sponges, fairy cakes, muffins, bread pudding, loaf cakes and many more and Wesley's Coffee Bar was open for refreshments.

We raised £757

To find out more about the work of Christian Aid click here.

Christian Aid Logo



Mike Thomson Lecture
Sunday 19 January 2014

In the week before Holocaust Memorial Day and the year in which we remember the centenary of start of World War I, BBC Correspondent and Journalist of the Year, Mike Thomson provided a first hand insight into genocide in our world today at an alt.worship.God Extra on 19th January 2014.

Mike's talk was illustrated with some of his award winning and life risking reports from the lesser known front lines in Congo, the Central African Republic, Burma, North Korea and Sinai.  At times it was a harrowing journey into the dark heart of humanity. The congregation were encouraged to draw on their own spirituality for answers, as we looked at the tragic consequences of greed, fear and  prejudice on the lives of civilians, especially children. But, it was not a bleak evening, far from it, as Mike brought surprising stories of freedom, recovery and joy.

Church Anniversary 2014

In June 2014 we celebrated our 192nd birthday and were delighted to invite our former pastor Brenda Dunstone to lead our Sunday morning service of celebration and then enjpyed a fellowship lunch.

EFM Birthday 2014

EFM Birthday 2014

Harvest Supper 2013

We celebrated Harvest this with a Harvest Supper on Saturday 5th October. 

Harvest Supper 2013

Rene Bell's 100th Birthday Celebration

On 7th July 2013 we held a family celebration for our oldest member. Rene Bell was 100 earlier in the week and we held a special service and celebration refreshments followed.Rene Bell 100

Rene 100

The Finchley Community Festival 2013

EFM run a stall each year at the East Community Festival. We are a church at the heart at of the community and consider our support of this event important.

EF Community Festival Stall

EF Community Festival StallEF Community Festival Stall







Live Music at EFM

Live Music is a series of monthly music events held at the church on second Sunday in each month (except January and August) at 7.30pm. Performers offer their services free and there is no charge for entry. A retiring collection is taken and donated to a charity of the performers choice. In May Pocket Penguins were the guest performers.

               Live Music

Good Friday and Easter 2013

Good Friday decorated Cross

On Good Friday we hold a service of meditation and reflection. This year we decorated the cross with rags in an act of confession.






Easter cross decoration







Each Easter Sunday at our celebration of the risen Christ we decorate the cross with flowers which represents new life. Everyone in the congregation takes part by adding flowers in 4 minutes of chaos which has a wondrous result. 



Harvest 2012

        Harvest 1 2012

On Saturday 6 October we enjoyed a Harvest Supper, a three course meal cooked by two of our members. Harvest 2 2012

On Sunday we celebrated a traditional Harvest Festival in a service of thanksgiving to a bounteous and generous God. All the produce donated at the service is sent to Housing Action in Barnet who  work with vulnerable people so that they gain access to housing, health, and other services. A special collection is taken for the Methodist Relief and Development Fund.


Diamond Jubilee Safari 2012

The folk at EFM joined with Barnet & Queensbury Circuit in a walk between each of the Methodist Churches in the circuit over two saturdays in May and June 2012. The walkers were greeted at each church and offered refreshments.


Walkers at EFM








The Olympics at EFM 2012 

Olympic Torch

Olympic Jane








We joined our friends at Finchley Methodist Church in their open house event as the Olympic Torch passed by its doors. It was an opportunity to meet with each other and the community.

Olympic Ministers

Once the games had started, we were surprised and honoured to welcome our own Olympic visitors.

Tongan National Olympic Committee President Lord David Tevita Tupou (below, centre right) with Lady Tupou, Revd Ian Bell and Olympic Games Maker Mike joined us for morning worship on Sunday 5 August 2012.

Olympic Visitors


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