Church Life Today and Church History


Middlewich Methodist Church extends a warm welcome to everyone. We are an integral part of the community, our buildings being used throughout the week by groups from both the local and the wider community. For example, in mid week there is a Coffee Morning followed by a Prayer Meeting and, the following day, a Mums and Toddlers meeting enjoying fellowship together.
 
Through Churches Together, we also have links with our friends in the Anglican, Roman Catholic, United Reformed and Community Churches. With them, we undertake a Good Friday walk of witness and hold joint Lent meetings, Lent Lunches and a Christian Aid quiz. We support a number of charities and various disaster relief initiatives.
 
Our History
 

In the early 1900s, a Mr Young who lived at Arclid used to come through Middlewich in his horse and trap, saw all the young children playing, decided they needed a Sunday School and took action!  The land was purchased from a Mr Jim Buckley who owned a lot of farm land around that area.  So, in 1904, what was then known as Cledford Chapel (and also as 'Cinder Chapel') was built on the site of our current church.  In fact, Mr Buckley continued to live next door to the Church with his 3 daughters and his son.  The ground at the back of the Chapel was used for allotments, a situation which continued right up to the 1970s.  In commemoration of the origin of the chapel, Mr Young's daughter, Miss M E Young, a local preacher, has her name on a stone at the front of the church, in the garden. 
 


The original Cledford Chapel
       
Middlewich Church being built
 
Almost a century after Cledford Chapel had been built, the three Methodist Churches in Middlewich agreed to come together to form a single new Church for the town. These were Chester Road, St Pauls and Cledford.  So, between 1992 and 1998 these three churches closed down and finally Cledford Chapel itself was knocked down to make way for a new building. For about two years, the congregation worshipped at the Anglican Mission in Cross Lane. Then, in 2000, the new Middlewich Methodist Church was completed as a place for all three congregations to worship.

   Pam Maddock & Dorothy Stretch


(See also the description of the town of Middlewich)

 

Middlewich Events

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Monday 30 Nov 7.00pm
A Methodist Way of Life: Introduction
Wednesday 2 Dec 10.15am
Advent Hope in a Time of Covid
Thursday 3 Dec 7.30pm
Advent 2020 Equality Diversity Inclusion
Tuesday 8 Dec
Starry Night – virtual Christmas carol
Wednesday 9 Dec 10.15am
Advent Hope in a Time of Covid
Thursday 10 Dec 10.30am
A Methodist Way of Life: 1st seminar
Thursday 10 Dec 7.30pm
Advent 2020 Equality Diversity Inclusion
Wednesday 16 Dec 10.15am
Advent Hope in a Time of Covid
Thursday 17 Dec 7.30pm
Advent 2020 Equality Diversity Inclusion