Today is the day of grace!
Hi! We are part of the Methodist church and we invite you to our
International Sunday Service (in English)
which is currently held from 12.30 to 14.00 on most Sundays
(except on the first Sunday of each month, but you are also very welcome to the Finnish Service that then includes the Holy Communion; interpretation into English at least partially)
at Helsingin Metodistikirkko, Punavuorenkatu 2, the Fredrikintori Square.
Community fellowhips (prayer and Bible study) in English biweekly in homes in Helsinki/Vantaa and Espoo. Please check the upcoming events in Tapahtumakalenteri (for an English version, please scroll down to the bottom of the page).
For more information, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0469552064 (English congregation contact number).
Photo on the right: Pastor Timo Virtanen welcoming new members in spring 2015.
Jesus said: ... "the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out." (John 6:37)
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Rom 8:1)
The Finnish-speaking United Methodist Church of Helsinki: a short introduction
The Finnish Methodist church of Helsinki was founded in 1894. So far it is the only Finnish-speaking Methodist congregation in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. Today, the membership of the church totals 200 members. Our pastor, Timo Virtanen, has served in Helsinki since 2004. The church building is situated in the Punavuori quarter near the Helsinki city centre. It was designed by the renowned architect Lars Sonck and built in 1929.
We have a Worship service in Finnish every Sunday at 11 a.m, followed by church coffee. Since May 2014, an English-speaking worship service has taken place on most Sundays at 12.30.
On the weekdays we meet for Bible study and prayer on several occasions (in Finnish and/or English). Meetings for prayer and Bible study in English, called 'community fellowships', are currently held biweekly in homes in Espoo and in Helsinki/Vantaa. During the summer there are less activities, but the Worship Services are still held on Sundays, except for one Sunday in end of June or beginning of July; on that weekend the Finnish Methodists gather for their Annual Conference.
In 2015 we started meetings for youth and young adults ("Nuortenilta"). These are usually held in Finnish but interpretation can be arranged as needed.
We want to reach more people with the gospel. This goal has been supported by various outreach activities over the years. Our church is active in the mission work: especially the Finnish-speaking congregation collects funds for a Christian School in India as well as for Christian summer camps and Christmas parties held in the Vepsian villages in north western Russia (Vepsian is a Finno-Ugric language spoken as mother tongue by less than 10 000 people today). Two or three times a year we organize bazaars for mission. Besides, our volunteers run a charity shop in the church basement. The shop is usually open on Saturday afternoons from noon to 3 pm.
The English-speaking group started to support mission work in Thailand in 2015, after Axel Barbette and Peter Willis from the Pori Methodist Church had visited our English service, telling about the H2O work among Burmese refugees in Thailand. For more information, please check the H20 website.
Today (2016) there are altogether 11 Finnish Methodist congregations in Finland (see a list here) and 14 Swedish-speaking congregations. (click here). Both the Finnish and the Swedish Methodist Churches in Finland have they own, separate organisations, but both are part of the world-wide United Methodist Church. They both belong to the UMC Nordic & Baltic Episcopal Area. The nearest Swedish-speaking Methodist congregation is situated in the Töölö quarter of Helsinki. In addition, a Russian Methodist congregation was founded in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area in 2013.
Currently there are Methodist activities in English, besides Helsinki, at least in the Finnish-speaking congregations of Tampere, Pori and most recently also Lahti, as well as in some Swedish-speaking congregations (at least in Turku/Åbo, Kokkola/Karleby, and in the middle of Espoo in the town of Kauniainen/Grankulla).
If you are looking for a place to worship the Lord, join us on Sunday! You are warmly welcome to both our Finnish-language or English-language services and other meetings, whatever your nationality or denominational background. You can check the upcoming events in Tapahtumakalenteri (in Finnish and English). The street address of our church is Fredrikintori/ Punavuorenkatu 2, and it is served by the buses 14, 17 or 18 and tram number 3.
For the meetings of other international free churches in the Helsinki area, please check the Tilaisuudet.info site. There you can browse through meetings in English (or in some other languages) by first choosing the "Events" page and then by clicking the words "Event categories" and then choosing "English" or another key word from the list that appears.
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Cottage for rent: The youth organisation (MKU) of the Swedish-speaking United Methodist Church rents out a cottage at their camp centre in Central Finland, Jämsä, when MKU has no own activities in the camp centre. There are 4 bedrooms, a well-enough equipped kitchen, a toilet, a shower and a fireplace.
The cottage is by a small lake in the countryside (no public transport nearby) and is fit for winter habitation, too. The Himos ski resort is only 35 kilometres away. Other distances: Jämsä 25 km, Mänttä 22 km, Keuruu 48 km.
Lower prices for members of the United Methodist Church! You can rent the cottage e.g. for a weekend or a week. You have to have your own bed linen with you and clean up the cottage before you leave. If you are interested in renting the cottage, please contact Cata Ekman-Niemi-Kaija: email@example.com
Information also here: http://www.mku.fi/english