Background Story of the Chapel

The Story Today

We are a small country chapel, with a small and faithful membership. Most of our members are from the farming community. Everyone takes part in our regular events. The Easter Monday Tea, started in recent years, is popular around the Circuit, as is the Harvest Festival.

Our usual service is at 4pm but special services are held at 2.30pm including Easter, Harvest, Christmas etc ( Please see the preaching plan for details). We also have a regular family service at 11.00am where the adults join with the children. We have an active junior church which is very popular this meets at 11.00 am.  Once a quarter we have a fellowship meeting, which everyone finds very valuable.

Our Beginnings

Cloud Chapel was founded in 1815 as a Primitive Methodist place of worship and has never closed its doors since. This makes it the longest-running Primitives' chapel in the world. The name features in the first ever preaching plan for Primitive Methodism, published in 1811. At that stage, mention of this location probably concerned services in the open air. Early meetings on or near The Cloud went on to be held at a farmhouse at Woodhouse Green, not far from Rushton. Previously, Baptists had held meetings there but their congregations dwindled, so the Primitive Methodists took over.

There had been a long record of non conformity in this area, stretching back to the 1650s. Woodhouse Green farmhouse is over 5 miles from the Anglican church at Leek, so this form of worship was permitted there, there being an embargo on 'other' services within 5 miles.

In 1815, William Clowes gave a piece of land for Cloud Chapel. Tradition says that it took just three days to raise the money, three weeks to build the chapel and £26 to pay for it. It was a simple stone building, to which a brick extension was added in 1958. Hugh Bourne signed the first indenture, in 1815, 'for such men as resided within one mile of it who were Primitive Methodists'.

See also the story about the chapel published by Methodist Heritage.

Cloud Events

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Friday 27 May 8.00am - Sunday 29 May
Methodist Heritage Weekend
Sunday 29 May 10.45am
Davenport: Bacon Butty Church
Wednesday 1 Jun - Sunday 5 Jun
Cliff College Jubilee Activities
Saturday 11 Jun 2.00pm
MWiB Celebratory Garden Party
Thursday 30 Jun - Sunday 3 Jul
Congleton Bible Week 2022
Saturday 9 Jul 7.00pm
Organ Recital with Dr Ian Tracey
Sunday 24 Jul 10.45am
Festival Service & BBQ
Monday 25 Jul - Friday 29 Jul
Cliff-College summer school
Sunday 31 Jul 10.45am
Davenport: Bacon Butty Church