Reverend Ernie Bosse
Tel: 01920 461466
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Leaside Church is accessible from Ware High Street and is situated through a passage, next to "Garnier" near to the Isobel Hospice Charity Shop, opposite the TSB.
In June 2018 we completed a major refurbishment and redevelopment of our church and hall complex featuring a new entrance lobby linking the Church and Hall, new toilet facilities, ramp access to the Church, refurbishment of the Hall and Meeting rooms, and kitchen facilities in the church foyer area. Click here to see our brochure for more information.
Leaside Church is a joint Methodist and United Reformed Church. We share our minister with our sister church, Roydon United Reformed.
Leaside Church was formed in 1978 when the congregations of Ware Methodist Church and Ware United Reformed Church agreed to merge. This was very much a "grassroots merger". Many of the two congregations already knew each other through their involvement in activities and service in the town, and coming together seemed a very natural thing to do. Incidentally, the name "Leaside" comes from the River Lea on which the town stands.
Leaside tries to be open, welcoming church. We welcome people of all faiths or none. We accept people for who they are, and encourage them to meet Jesus Christ as the Son of God and as their Saviour through the work and worship we do.
There are no pre-requisites for attendance, although clearly membership of the church must imply some explicit statements of faith and belief. Discussion groups, for example, are exceptionally open with a wide range of views and opinions expressed: rarely would anyone be told a position is "wrong" even if it is not shared by most of those present! Leaside is also heavily involved with the local community from both directions! That is, the church buildings are used by a range of local groups, and church members are involved in community work – a survey showed at least 60 different ways of giving voluntary service amongst members.