At the autumn Church Council, the trustees were faced with a significant property bill and made the decision to cease to worship.
We are very sad to be losing our chapel, but despite feeling a deep sense of loss, with only a few members and not much money coming in, we realise this is the right thing to do.
This was not an easy decision, but one that was supported by all the remaining members.
The current building was open in October 1927, after the Old Wesleyan Chapel in Chapel Yard became inhabitable.
Methodist families of Stoke Hammond worked hard to build the new Chapel; it became known for its Sunday School which, as there was not one at the Anglican Church, most of the children in the village attended. Most of our current members were part of the Sunday school and have fond memories of it.
Sadly, in recent years the congregation has dwindled despite efforts to reach out to the community.
The Methodist Church has certain procedures to follow before a church can be officially closed.
The Circuit meeting on 20th March, and District Synod on 18th May, need to approve the decision but our last regular service was on 23rd December which was our Carol Service.
On 28th April 2019 we will be inviting the whole circuit to a service of thanksgiving for the witness and service of the chapel over the years. This will be the final service in the chapel.
In the meantime there will continue to be a regular shared service with our Anglican friends in the village at St. Luke's and the Wednesday coffee mornings will still go ahead in our building until we need to find a new venue. You are very welcome to join us.
The church is on the left on Newton Road close to the junction with the Leighton Road with street parking and disabled access.
Please hold us in your prayers at this time.
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