Mornings at 10.45 am. The style is generally informal within a traditional structure. Messy church is at 10.00am monthly and evening services are generally monthly at 6pm with a more reflective style of worship.
Our communion services, roughly monthly, have an open table and use non-alcoholic wine. Baptisms, weddings and funerals are arranged with the Circuit superintendent.
Following a recent worship consultation, changes in style are being trialled. These aim to give people the opportunity to use and develop their gifts, and introduce greater variety in our worship. One such is a more relaxed and participative form of worship which we called worship for all (WFA) occurs two or three times a quarter. We also hold worship within our local sheltered housing facility, known as Primrose Court at roughly the same frequency.
As for all Methodist churches, the circuit plan gives details of dates, times, style of service and who is leading it. A copy of ours can be seen or downloaded from the circuit website (www.hpco.co.uk/).
The image above shows one of the activities at a recent WFA service - traditionally the time in early December when the Christmas pudding is stirred.
Messy Church is our regular offering for families. It is monthly on Sundays and provides an informal style of church for all regardless of age. It includes craft activities, as well as games, discussion, singing and stories.
Drinks and biscuits are provided. We have volunteer helpers on hand but ask you to supervise any children that you bring.
The photographs below, give a flavour of recent ones
In our home group, which is ecumenical in its membership, we, investigate either a topic or a Bible passage on Wednesday nights at 8pm. Details of our current programme are here. Meetings are both relaxing and fun. From time to time we have a day or evening out together.
The picture shows two of our members admiring the view across Rudyard Lake on our 2015 day out.
We hold a flower festival each July in conjunction with Hayfield Wells Dressing. Many come to and view the chapel at its best and to sample our home made refreshments. Coach parties can be catered for. See our recent images page for photos from 2018.
This popular event is sometimes held near Shrove Tuesday. We play games and enjoy freshly cooked pancakes.
Our carol service is generally organised by our members and can include drama, Bible readings, poetry, reflections etc.
Our Christmas Nativity 2018 (faces blurred to comply with safeguarding guidelines).
Visiting professional entertainers, Church socials, and children's film nights.
This is a national initiative in which some of our members are involved. Essentially there is a local Bible story telling group, which goes into local schools and "performs" assemblies and the like. The image shows an incident in a recent drama performance.
We have a local covenant with St Matthew's Anglican church and St Mary's Roman Catholic Church, New Mills. Shared events include: