East Finchley Methodist Church

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We regret that the church building is closed at the moment. See below for a notice about our response to the Coronavirus.

East Finchley Methodist Church (EFM) is a vibrant church with much to offer the community in which it is situated. It is part of the Barnet and Queensbury Circuit, which falls within the London District of the Methodist Church.

East Finchley Methodist Church fulfills Christ's calling and lives it out through its worship and mission.

Services are held each Sunday at 10.30 am.

Each Thursdays (during school term time) Wesley's Coffee Bar is open provides a space for the community to meet.

We host a monthly concert, Live Music at EFM, on the second Sunday in the month (Except January and August).

We invite you to come and find out more about the people who call themselves Methodists.


It is with deep regret that we announce that, due to the current health situation and taking into account the advice given by the government, and that of the London District of the Methodist Church, we have decided to close the church with immediate effect.

There will no services from Sunday 22 March and all activities and hall bookings are cancelled until further notice.

We have taken this decision to protect our members, those who use our premises and the wider community.

Cross of nailsThe Fifth Sunday of Lent

‘Jesus wept.’ John 11.35

Sometimes people say, ‘I used to believe but…’? Then, they tell of an experience of tragedy, bereavement or injustice. They asked: ‘Where was God?’ and ‘Why weren’t our prayers answered?’ There will be people saying this now as we endure this global pandemic.

The Fifth Sunday in Lent is sometimes called Passion Sunday, which reminds us that the culmination of the Lenten period, which is the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, is not far away. The reading for today (John 11.1-45) tells of the death and resurrection of Lazarus echoes Jesus own death and resurrection. Jesus is moved to tears when he hears of the death of his friend Lazarus, even knowing that God will answer his prayer to bring him back to life. 

At the heart of this tragedy is the revelation that God suffers too. Our prayers are heard, though maybe not answered as we expect. God is in the neighbour that cares, the doctors and nurses that heal, the visitor that listens, the supermarket worker and truck driver who brings the food we eat and the key worker who maintains the life’s essentials. In the death and resurrection of His son, God provides the ultimate intervention to bring freedom from sin and life lived to its fullest. In Jesus Christ we are yet alive.

And are we yet alive,

and see each other's face?
Glory and thanks to Jesus give 
for his almighty grace! 

Then let us make our boast

of his redeeming power, 
which saves us to the uttermost, 
till we can sin no more. 

Let us take up the cross

till we the crown obtain, 
and gladly reckon all things loss 
so we may Jesus gain.

Charles Wesley (1707-88)

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  • East Finchley
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