Final service for village chapel after more than a century of use

Faldingworth Methodist Chapel closes its doors this weekend EMN-150806-105402001
Faldingworth Methodist Chapel closes its doors this weekend EMN-150806-105402001

A village chapel that has served its Methodist congregation for almost 120 years will close its doors for the last time this weekend.

The final service at Faldingworth will be held on Sunday at 3pm.

“The chapel has been an integral part of the community over many years,” said minister the Rev Anne Coates.

“Many who were active among the Faldingworth Methodists have moved away or passed on, and a small but very faithful number of members remain.

“A building the size of the chapel takes a great deal of resources and energy to maintain. While the chapel building itself is no longer viable, Methodism and Methodists will still be active in the village and hope to continue in the future.”

Methodism in Faldingworth goes back to at least 1855 when the chapel was one of a number on the preaching plan for the Market Rasen Wesleyan Methodist Circuit.

At the end of the 19th century, the current chapel was built; a number of memorial stones were laid in 1897 as part of the foundations, with the first Baptism recorded in the new chapel in January 1898.

Inside the chapel are photographic tributes to people who made significant contributions to spreading the Christian message.

Among them are Sunday school Superintendent Joseph Martin and local preacher George Stamp, who was also instrumental in getting the current chapel built.

“Although June 14 will be the last act of worship in the building, it will celebrate the life and work of the chapel and hope for the future,” added the Rev Coates.

“There are excellent links with both the primary school and the Anglican Church, which will be maintained.

“Although there will no longer be Sunday worship, members intend to meet monthly in the village, with an open invitation to anyone who might want to explore faith and spirituality in a more informal way, and enjoy tea and cake.”

The first of the meetings will be in the village hall on Wednesday, July 1, at 4pm.