The Pastoral Centre

The Pastoral Centre

A short guide to the work of EMSWORTH PASTORAL CENTRE.

Located in the Methodist Church building in The Square, and supported by all the churches in Emsworth, the Centre provides a comfortable, informal environment to relax and meet friends.  Our aim is “to offer welcome, friendship and refreshment to everyone, without expectation.”

Our normal opening hours are:

  • 10-4 Monday to Friday
  • 10-12 on Saturday

On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings our Pastoral Assistants are on duty specifically to chat informally to people using the Centre.  Our minister Deacon Laura Evans is also available to chat but at no set time. However appointments can be made. At other times the Coffee Bar volunteers and Centre Manager are available to chat informally too.

Our policy is to provide a range of reasonably priced drinks and snacks using Fair Trade products as far as possible. At lunchtimes; on Tuesdays we offer Ploughman’s lunches, on Thursdays a range of filled rolls and sandwiches and on Friday’s Bacon Butties, all prepared on site. We have a number of special Teas throughout the year and a Carol Singing Afternoon with mince pies during December.

On Tuesday afternoons of the month we run an Activity Afternoon, which is free to attend.

We have a number of one off events, our weekly table flier lists all the upcoming events. If you think you might be interested in coming along to any of these activities please get in touch with us.

If you are interested in volunteering, for a couple of hours, either regularly or from time to time, please do contact us.

Otherwise, just pop in some time and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with us, everyone is welcome!

A book entitled    ‘The Centre in the Square’ The story of Emsworth Pastoral Centre – by Dot Warren was published to celebrate 35 years of the development and work of the Centre. The book records the generosity of time and energy given by so many people over the years, from the beginning of this venture to the present day. Copies of ‘The Centre in the Square’ in the Pastoral Centre. Photos of the event can be seen in the Gallery.

Mandy Mani
Emsworth Pastoral Centre Manager
01243 373773 (church office)  email: office@emsworthmethodistchurch.org