Old Newton Methodist Church

                      Chapel History

     CELEBRATING 175 YEARS!


Our chapel has been here since 1839 when the local 'dissenters', mostly illiterate farm workers, built it from clay lump from the fields.  It was little bigger than a house.  We have copies of the original deeds and can see where they 'made their mark'.  This building was for them a great advance on meeting in the open air, in a local cart shed or in a home.

Early Photos of the Chapel

Eary Chapel Worshippers

It has been a centre of worship and fellowship ever since.  There is still in existence a long poem which gives the history of the early days of worship here and the visiting preachers who led it.

Sunday School

 

A Sunday School was established here well before the village school opened in 1859 and continues today as 'The Lighthouse Gang'.  In the 1950s a hall was opened at the side of the chapel so that youth work could be developed.  The youth club of the 1950s and 60s was followed by YPF, Skids, Shell Club and now the Funky Fish.

 

By 1989, when the 150th Anniversary was celebrated, the Chapel was beginning to show its age and it was decided that the whole premises should be updated and extended.  Over the next seven years the money was raised and the work carried out mostly by the members themselves.  By 1996 the chapel and hall had been extended to provide an enlarged worship area, a bigger hall, and a new vestry, kitchen, utility room and toilets.

 Chapel Building

So as we celebrate 175 years of continuing use of these premises in the work of serving our Lord and our community.

Front of the Chapel