In 2015, Cloud Methodist Chapel celebrated 200 years of continuous worship, making the chapel the oldest former Primitive Methodist church still holding regular services in the world today! Support from far and near exceeded all expectations, with over 300 people present.  The marquee full to overflowing, resounded with wonderful singing, accompanied by Over Alderley Band.

cloud 200 Sunday Sch and Mums sing
Sunday School and mums singing songs at the 200th anniversary service

Dane Bridge choir, as always at chapel anniversary services, enhanced the worship with their harmonies.

John Anderson, Revd Pam Butler and Revd David Leese, took us from the beginning in the early 1800s to the present and into the future with the message “God is love and his love is still the same today as it was 200 years ago, and is unchanging”. Revd David Leese spoke of his ancestors, the Deakin family, in whose farmhouse Hugh Bourne held some of his earliest services.

Cloud 200th anniversary service held in a marquee
Cloud 200th anniversary service held in a marquee

The chapel youth group, CYGnature, presented a short drama, written specially by Jonathon Fryer, highlighting the building of Cloud Chapel.

The Sunday School children and Mums sang two action songs, putting a smile on everyone’s face. After the service, despite the chilly wind, people lingered over refreshments and chat.

An exhibition was held in the chapel during the following weeks, with items loaned from Englesea Brook Museum, celebrating Primitive Methodism and Cloud’s history.  As part of this exhibition we researched the servicemen on our WW1 memorial plaque.  A limited edition memorial plate was produced, commemorating the 200th anniversary of Cloud Methodist Chapel, along with notelets depicting different views of the chapel. 

During the weeks of the exhibition, there was also a walk organised by Revd David Leese, retracing the steps of Hugh Bourne around the Cloudside area and stopping on the way to read extracts from Bourne’s journal.  Then, the Chapel Sunday School celebrated the 200th anniversary with a special service, which included the singing of a selection of traditional choruses by the young people and Mums.

Linda Ashbrook
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Coming up soon . . .

Saturday 29 Feb 7.30pm
Concert with Audley Male Voice Choir
Monday 9 Mar 10.00am
CTC Prayer Meetings
Monday 9 Mar 7.30pm - Saturday 14 Mar
Trinity Operatic Society : The Full Monty
Wednesday 25 Mar 7.30pm
God in Love Unites Us -- Consultation
Thursday 25 Jun - Friday 26 Jun
Bible Week 2020: Congleton