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Minister: Rev. Ann Anderson 01246 862330
Deacon: Mrs Sam Taylor
Treasurer: Revd Jim Gray 01773 857921
Stewards and Local Contact: George and Heather Johnson 01773 856212

 

Our Chapel has stood in the same place in Crich for the last 252 years, having been visited at least twice by John Wesley during his lifetime, and part of the pulpit which he used is still in use today. It is a building of considerable historic interest and is believed to be the oldest Methodist Chapel in Derbyshire still in use for regular worship.

We have modified the ground level into a flexible space with a modern kitchen. Our upstairs is still in its original state with box pews.

We urgently need to replace our roof to enable us to continue with our current activities. We are very grateful to all friends and supporters who are helping with the publicity and funding which we have received to date. We need about £20,000 to complete the work, and at the time of writing, we have raised more than £12,500.

We are in good company! The roof was last replaced in 1905 when Florence Nightingale was urging support for the chapel and donated 3 guineas (£3.15), which in today’s terms was maybe the equivalent of over £200.

We have recently discovered that over 50 years earlier, in 1848, and three weeks before he died, George Stephenson, the “Father of Railways”, donated £10 for the chapel. In thanking him for his generosity, Stephenson’s friend, Thomas Summerside, said ‘It is not for my chapel I asked for the money. It is the old chapel in Crich, where John Wesley preached!’

Activities at Crich Wesley

Sunday Worship is at 3.00pm. This is mainly a traditional type of service, however very often different styles are used for the major festivals e.g. Christmas and Easter.

Messy Church

Held the 2nd Sunday of each month at 9.30am. The aim is that families share breakfast together, then be involved as a family in craft, song, story time and creative prayer. This is run with a local charity, Valley CIDS who also work in the infant and junior schools in the village.

Café Church

This is a new venture aimed at families with older children. It also meets monthly, and is a relaxed informal style with refreshments, cakes, video presentation, discussion and worship. Contact Lynda Gray 01773 857921.

Prayer Meeting

Held fortnightly on a Monday morning at 8.15am.

Soup Lunches

Held on the first Saturday of each month at 12.00 noon, with a voluntary donation to the Roof Fund. Various different home-made soups are available, followed by cakes and tea or coffee. A lovely place to bring your friends and spend time chatting and sharing with others. No need to book, but space is limited so get there early.

Popalong

Meets weekly during school term on Friday mornings at 9.30am, for friendship and fun for those with babies and toddlers aged 0 to 3 years. Contact Lynda Gray 01773 857921.