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Welcome to St John's

Built in 1782, our Grade 2 listed village Chapel  is one of the oldest Methodist Churches in the world still in use as a place of worship. It is on the edge of the Peak District in North Derbyshire. It is Grade 2 listed, and very much a living church with a small, regular and caring congregation.
Details of where we are and how to find us are on our location page. It also has details of our community with links to other local organisations, attractions and customs

Normally our weekly Sunday services are at 10.45am (though our monthly Messy church worship starts at 10.00am). Monthly evening services, generally of a reflective nature, are at 6pm. More details are on our activities page. Very occasionally services are held off- site, for example in the lounge of our local care home, Primrose Court. Known dates will be given below under "News and Coming events."
We are part of the High Peak Partnership  of churches in the Manchester and Stockport District of the Methodist Church in Britain. We also work together with St Matthew's parish church and St Mary's RC church as part of a local covenant known as Hayfield Christians together.

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We take a full part in Partnership and village life, and welcome anyone to join us, regularly or occasionally. A full range of activities are offered. The chapel has an induction loop, wheelchair access, and a disabled toilet. There is a car park, and a small garden, which is kept as a quiet outdoor space. The church has a Fair Trade stall, stocked with Traidcraft goods, open before and after our services. We also run an annual shoe box appeal, and have recently been a collecting point for clothing, toiletries etc. for the "Hope for Refugees" project.

Music is provided by either a pipe organ, a digital piano, or good quality recordings. All are welcome and resources activities are available within the church for children.


We live in challenging times. Like other churches our building has been closed for a while though we are tentatively starting to reopen it by trying out different ways of operating.

Some Sunday services are being “zoomed” by the High Peak partnership of Methodist churches of which we are a part. Some details  can be found on their Facebook page. Most Methodists in the area “attend” the zoom services. The chat sessions which follow, help us to stay in touch with each other. Others are engaging with live YouTube streamed services, such as those from Methodist Central Hall, Westminster. This gives the opportunity to see what others are doing and builds a sense of belonging to something bigger than our delightful but small, village chapel.

Wednesday evening Bible studies continue also via Zoom. To my amazement the technology actually works with little trouble.

How much of this will continue after the emergency is anyone’s guess. My hope is that these things will supplement, rather than replace, our usual activities within the new normal – whatever that turns out to be!

If you would like to join in any of these activities then please contact us via our website ( ) or email us at or use Twitter:@HayfMethodists.

Colin Smith

Churches Together

Further images of events can be found on our "Recent Events" page

Below: The local Open the Book team, incorporating some of our members, recently worked with Hayfield children to act out the feeding of Elijah by the ravens at their school

Feeding of Elijah by the ravens

"The Methodist Church in Britain is committed to safeguarding as an integral part of its life . This involves ensuring there is a safe environment for all activities and a quick response to any concerns. At St John’s we strive to ensure that all our activities are compliant with the national churches policies, procedures and guidelines details of which are on its website ( You can raise any concerns by contacting our safeguarding officer, via this website or in church most Sundays".

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