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 is held at the Chapel on the Sunday nearest Christmas 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.
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]
NEWS FROM THE CHAPEL
Souper Wednesdays have started and they have been a real success. Come and keep warm in the chapel with a bowl of home-made soup, tea or coffee and a home-made cake. We have a well-equipped children’s play area and a library for you to borrow from, as well as free Wi-Fi. Bring your laptops and work. There is no charge but donations will be given to the Foodbank.. We are open every Wednesday from 12 until 4 pm, in January February and March. Located in Pirton Methodist Church on the High Street next door to the school.
So far we have raised over £570 for the food bank, thank you for your generous donations. A big thank you to Sue Richards for making the soup, Ali Lyons for making the cake and Roger’s Bakery of Meppershall for providing the rolls free of charge. Also thanks to our volunteer waiters and waitresses Alison, Penny, Steve, Zoe and Mandy.
Our joint lent meetings are being held in the chapel and begin on Tuesday February 28th at 7:30 pm. Each week we will have a talk on a significant current issue…a hot potato…The first one is on homelessness. The talk will be given by Elizabeth Wills who is a member of Our Lady’s in Hitchin, who works for Caritas in the Westminster Archdiocese and is very much involved in the Hitchin Feed Up Warm Up and Community Pantry initiatives.
We are very happy that Mark Dixon of Great Green has taken over the Chapel tearoom. He is continuing to provide delicious food on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 until 3. Come along and enjoy the lovely food.
Wild about Pirton talks
The last talk on Wednesday January 18th was given by a volunteer from RSPB Sandy.
The next talk will be on Thursday February 23rd on The Barn Owl Project
The national website for the Methodist Church of Great Britain is www.methodist.org.uk