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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 very much a living church with a small, caring congregation, forming part of the High Peak Partnership of churches in the Manchester and Stockport Methodist District. There is a car park, and a small garden kept as a quiet outdoor space.

It is located on the edge of the Peak District National park in Derbyshire on the A624 between Buxton and Glossop, about 100 yards from the junction with the A6015 to New Mills. There are regular bus services and good rail links via New Mills railway stations.

Normally weekly Sunday morning services are at 10.30am. Monthly evening services, generally of a reflective nature, are generally held monthly at 6pm. The chapel has an induction loop, wheelchair access, and a disabled toilet. Music is provided by either a pipe organ, a digital piano, or good quality recordings. The organ was built in1856/7 and had a partial rebuild in 1967. It is registered with the National Pipe Organ Register.

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We take a full part in Partnership and village life, and welcome anyone to join us, regularly or occasionally. A range of activities are offered. For example, we run an annual shoe box appeal, and have been a collecting point for clothing, toiletries etc. for the "Hope for Refugees" project.

All are welcome, and resources are available within the church for children to use as appropriate during services. Social distancing and mask wearing are acceptable but not required. All can be comfortably seated.

The High Peak partnership of Methodist churches, also “zooms” services from one of the partnership churches. These are ideal for people who are unable or unsure about leaving their home. A further option is to engage with live YouTube streamed services, such as those from Methodist Central Hall, Westminster. For occasional visits, these give a sense of belonging to something bigger than our delightful village chapel. These supplement, rather than replace, our usual activities.

Website Update September 2023.

After our encouraging summer services and events, we move on now to autumnal activities. Various special services and activities will take place during this time.

A further visit to Primrose court sheltered housing in the village to hold a service in their common room has been arranged for the 15th October. These are relaxing and much appreciated by the residents as well as our own members.

Our annual shoebox appeal will also take place in October in support of the Link To Hope organisation (Shoebox Appeal 2023 - Link To Hope) They have been running since 1992 and bring a little Christmas cheer to some of the poorest families in Eastern Europe. We pack the boxes as part of our worship service on 29th October.

Messy church is great fun for both adults and children and replaces the normal morning service. They are planned from 10.30am on,17th September, 8th October, and 19th November. These are art, craft and age appropriate puzzle solving activities focussed around a biblical theme. There is opportunity to chat informally too and refreshments are available at its end.

Our Wednesday evenings (8pm) our Home fellowship group will resume on 6th September after our summer break when we will continue exploring St Luke’s gospel. Further details are available on request.

Our Harvest festival is planned for 24th September and gifts will be given to our local food bank in New Mills. On Remembrance Sunday (12th November) we join this year with our Anglican friends at their church (St Matthews).

Hard-to-Recycle Items. We are now a centre for collecting the following used items: toothbrushes, contact lenses and packaging; glasses (spectacles); batteries. You can bring them along for collection after our Sunday morning services (until about 12 noon).

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.

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Hayfield well Dressing 2023.

Hayfield Wells Dressing 2023
Wells Dressing 2023

In July, our minister blessed the wells as part of the Hayfield Well Dressing, including the one by the side of our church.

Flower Festival 2023

Flower Festival 23 Hayfield

The dais area showing three of our ten displays on the theme "poetry" created for our 2023 Flower Festival.

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

"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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