Misterton Methodist Church
Minister: Rev. Louise Carr
There are references to at least 17 visits by John Wesley to Misterton. He held meetings in the fields and in the home of Ann Codd of Colton Street. On her death she bequeathed her house to John and Charles Wesley to be used as a meeting place. This rapidly became too small, the house was sold and in 1756 a Meeting House was built on the site of the present Wesleyan Methodist Church.. The original trustees being approved by John and Charles Wesley
The Wesleyans, again, required a larger building, so a Chapel was built in 1826 using bricks from the original Meeting House. It was built with 35 pew holders, a gallery area for Choir and orchestra and a seating capacity of 298. By the 1870’s there was both a Wesleyan and a Primitive Methodist Church in Misterton and both required larger premises. In 1878 two new Chapels were built 100 yards apart. The newspapers reported 500 people at each opening service. The first resident Minister Rev Charles Richardson was installed in 1874.
At the Union of Methodism in 1932 numbers were large enough for both Chapels to be sustained. The two congregations were eventually amalgamated in 1963 when the Wesleyan Site was chosen to be the current place of worship. Additionally In the 1960s, an (internally) attractive light-filled church hall with stage was added for use by the surrounding community.
The year 2016 marked the 260th Anniversary of Methodism in Misterton. Misterton, today, lives up to its rich history. It continues to be thriving, active community with a range of activities and social groups. We are proud that a warm welcome is given to anyone who wishes to join us.
This Month's Services
Misterton Chapel is currently open for short Sunday worship at 10:30 AM with a limited attendance. Please contact Jo Kershaw ☏ 01427 752386 regarding reserving a place for future services.
- 1st AUGUST 2021 - 10:30AM - Alderson
- 8th AUGUST 2021 - 10:30AM - Carr
- 15th AUGUST 2021 - 10:30AM - LA
- 22nd AUGUST 2021 - 10:30AM - Hardcastle
- 29th AUGUST 2021 - 10:30AM - LA
We will also be preparing home worship resources for each Sunday... Please download this week's HERE. This resource is available alongside the Circuit Zoom Service, a live video-conferencing service that will be taking place each Sunday at 4:00 PM if you wish to join us. If you need help regarding downloading Zoom, connecting to the service via your computer or telephone then please contact one of the circuit ministers.
If video calling is not your thing then please find an alternative home worship sheet for this week available HERE.
At this time it is beneficial to check out the ways in which you can CONNECT with your Lord and with others at this difficult time... In addition please have a read of A Methodist Way of Life and consider the things you can do ...
Mothers in Israel
On Tuesday mornings at 10:00AM Rev. Louise Carr will be running a study group looking at Mothers in Israel, a recent book which explores the influential women in early Methodism. Anyone is welcome to join us, just ask Rev. Louise for the Zoom code. The author is going to give us a talk on Zoom one Thursday afternoon.
Grasby Embroidery Group Exhibition @ Epworth Old Rectory
Textile artworks by the Grasby Embroidery Group will be on display between 1st July 2021 and 29th August 2021.
The group were hugely influenced by the Rectory's Garden, specifically flowers growing in the garden today or as recommended in Mr Wesley’s Primitive Physic. In Samuel’s Study the plant images are decidedly more masculine (trees) and in the Bedroom there is a plethora of angels inspired by the words of “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”. On the truckle bed in the Nursery is an alphabet sampler style quilt, this is a gift from the embroidery group to the Old Rectory and was inspired by the story or Mrs Wesley teaching each child, on the day of their 5th birthday the Alphabet.
Social and Community Life
As we stated earlier we have a range of activities available to our members. The most prominent of which are the Womens' Fellowship, and the regular monthly Coffee Mornings.
The Womens' Fellowship meets on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month at 2:00PM (except August). They provide interesting and informative talks on various subjects. For more information contact Miss B Charman on ☏ 01427 890024.
Our Drop-In Coffee Group is held between 10:00AM and 11:00AM on the 3rd Thursday of the month. The event generally provides an opportunity for both fund-raising (with stalls, a raffle, etc) and a way to become involved with our community and make new friends.
In addition we host a Prayer Shawl Ministry Group which meets at 2:15PM on the 1st Wednesday of each month (except August). For more information contact Mrs Jo Kershaw on ☏ 01427 752386.
We have been told that the Methodist Hall is desirable for use by community groups due to its pleasant environment and affordable rates. If you are interested in the possibility of using our facilities please contact our Bookings Officer Mrs Jo Kershaw on ☏ 01427 752386.