Minister: Rev Val Reid (07388 845877) [email protected]
Senior Steward: Janet Tackley [email protected]
Steward: Helen Hofton [email protected]
Time of Worship: Sundays at 10:30am (2nd Sunday is Holy Communion)
The Pirton Methodist Church is a friendly congregation of people who are drawn to the life of Jesus and who look for signs of God’s presence in the world today. Each week a different person or team of people inspire and lead the church in worship.
A number of worshippers are Members and share responsibility for the running of the church. Janet Tackley is Senior Steward, Helen Hofton is Steward and Ian Brakenbury is Treasurer.
The Minister, Val Reid is also minister of Christchurch in Hitchin and is frequently in the village and leads a monthly communion, usually on the second Sunday of the month. The Village Carol Service, this year will be held at the Chapel on 11th December at 4pm.
We also house the village library, adult and children’s books. Come and choose a book any Friday or Saturday, when the Chapel Tearoom is open.
NEWS FROM THE CHAPEL
Since its launch some 18 months ago, the Chapel Tea Room has been a great success. Katrina and Tracey and their team worked very hard to offer delicious food in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere every Friday and Saturday. Due to changing circumstances however, they will be handing over the management of the Tea Room in the next few weeks to another villager. We thank Katrina and Tracey for all their efforts and wish them all the best for their retirement and look forward to the continuing successful operation of the Tea Room under its new management.
Advent windows Thursday 1st December
We are joining this year’s Advent windows. Our theme is “the true light that gives light to the world was coming into the world. “ Our beautiful art nouveau will also be lit.
Advent Pause Thursday 8th December 10am -noon
December gets busy! You are invited to spend some quiet time in our chapel. Come in for a few minutes or for an hour. There will be artwork to look at; questions to get you thinking; prayers to take with you…….and a cup of cocoa to warm you up! Everyone is welcome.
Village Carol Service Sunday 11th December 4pm
The service will be back in the chapel again this year. It is a week earlier than usual. Village organisations take part in this candlelit service of lessons and carols. This informal event is for everyone, please come and have a good sing.
Village Nativity Saturday 24th December 3pm-3.45
We will start at the Fox, progress through the churchyard to the Motte.
Covenant Service Sunday 8th January 10.30
We have this special service at the beginning of every year. “The covenant service is at the heart of Methodist’ devotion and discipleship, and their dedication in working for social justice .” It’s our New Year Resolution. This joint service will begin with coffee at 10.30 and the worship beginning at 11am.
Use of our building
Our chapel is one of 2 churches in Pirton. We are both here for the whole community for weddings, funerals, and christenings. You don’t have to be a member to have a ceremony at chapel. In February the Chapel voted unanimously to register the chapel for same sex weddings, and we especially welcome members of the LGBTQI community.
We provide a venue for the chapel tearoom on Fridays and Saturdays which has been a great success. We love welcoming local people to our beautiful chapel for a drink or a meal, on their own or with friends.
The building has been used for other community events such as history exhibitions, musical evenings, archaeology talks, and more recently Wild About Pirton’s bat talk. The building has been used by community groups for meetings such as the W.I., the Bury Trust and Hammonds Charity. We were really pleased that the Parish Council used it for their Community Action Day.
We also plan to transform the space behind the Chapel into a community garden, a place where local people can meet and chat, sit and contemplate, or just enjoy the peace of a small, quiet spot. More information coming soon…
It’s a beautiful, listed building and we would like the chapel to be a real community hub. We have the usual facilities and very fast WIFI so if you would like to use the building, please contact….. Janet Tackley [email protected]
The national website for the Methodist Church of Great Britain is www.methodist.org.uk