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Our Church encourages all people to participate in the various courses and studies which are offered throughout the year. All denominations are invited to join us. These courses are advertised on our website and in the Church bulletins. Alternatively, please contact the Church office (013 753 3214) for details.


Home groups / Bible study groups meet on most days during the week, some during the day and others in the evenings. These groups are located in various parts of town and are OPEN to anyone who wishes to join.

They mostly use the Sunday Service themes and cell notes as a basis for discussion and sharing. It is in these groups that people care for each other, grow in their spiritual walk and get to know others in our church community.

If you wish to be part of a Cell Group, please phone the Office and we can help to place you in a group that will meet your needs.


The Alpha Course consists of 15 talks, followed by group discussion, over a ten week period and includes a weekend away. Alpha encourages people to come to Christ as Lord and Saviour and deals with the basic understanding of the Christian Gospel. It is run by lay people who have received the appropriate training and is also non-denominational.

  • A – Anyone is welcome
  • L – There is laughter and a relaxed atmosphere
  • P – For “pasta” because we share a meal together before each session.
  • H – We help each other understand the gospel.
  • A – Ask anything. No question is too “ignorant” or “foolish” to be asked.

If you wish to know when the next Alpha course is to be held, please contact the Church Office on 013 753-3214 .

The History of Nelspruit Methodist Church

Methodism in the Lowveld started with the gold rush in Barberton. It is recorded that as early as 1887 the Methodist Minister in Barberton .. “was going from store to store to hold services”.

In later years, with a congregation established in Barberton, regular services were held at numerous venues including Nelspruit, White River and Alkmaar. The First recorded Society Steward in Nelspruit was Mr Greaves.

Growth in the Nelspruit area saw the establishment of a separate Circuit here in 1947. The Reverend Donald Barrett was Nelspruit’s first Minister, with the Barberton Minister as Superintendent of the Circuit and Mr G Fair as Circuit Steward. Rev Barrett did most of his visits by bicycle!

The first manse was built in Ferreira Street, opposite St Michael’s Anglican Church, but before the hall could be built a new and larger stand was offered by John Faurie on the corner of Paul Kruger and Louis Trichardt Streets in exchange for the first property. The foundation stone of this hall was laid by the then Superintendent Minister, Rev Dr J B Webb, during 1951.

The rapid growth of Nelspruit soon necessitated the purchase of a larger property. Three adjoining stands were purchased on the corner of Van der Merwe and Ferreira Streets, where the present Church complex is situated. Rev Dr Alex Borraine opened the Church in 1971.


The Nelspruit Society, together with the White River, Kiepersol, Kanyamazane and Kobokweni, form the Greater Nelspruit Circuit. That Circuit forms part of the Limpopo District with the Rev T. Mntambo as the District Bishop. The 12 Districts form the Connexion of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa with the Rev Ziphozile Siwa as the presiding bishop.

The Nelspruit Society is ministered to by the Rev Allan Booth. The Society is managed by the Church Council that meets regularly and an Executive that comprises the Ministerial Staff, Circuit Steward and up to eleven Society Stewards.




Is to be a safe haven where people can be welcomed and loved unconditionally and find a space to grow and contribute to God’s big picture.


  • All people need to re-CONNECT with God.
  • All people can re-CONNECT with God.
  • All people can know that they are CONNECT-ed with God.
  • All people can be CONNECT-ed with God completely.


The Mission of the Nelspruit Methodist Church is to worship God and use our resources :

  • for Evangelism – to reach the lost
  • for Caring – to uplift the fallen and broken
  • for Spiritual Growth – to empower Disciples into involvement through training, fellowship and worship.


The three cornerstones of our commitment to Christ are :
Caring, Evangelism, Spiritual Growth


Evangelism : Celebrate and spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Ministry : Equip ourselves for service to God through the “Priesthood of All Believers”.
Worship: Worship God with love and devotion.
Discipleship: Develop deepened spirituality through discipleship, study, prayer and service.
Fellowship : Demonstrate the “Fruits of the Spirit” by being a loving, caring and serving body of Christ.


The Society Stewards are the Executive Officers of the Church and they take a leading role in the overall running of the church and are the eyes and ears of the congregation. Society Stewards are elected annually by the congregation at the Annual General Meeting.
Society Stewards for 2017:
  • Mike Burns
  • Paulus Masuku
  • Franklin Darteh
  • Len Henkel
  • David Tye
  • Kim Cronje
  • Lorraine Kleinhans
  • Rachael Ballard
  • Armando Canalas


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