Wellington Road, Bollington 

Tel: 01625 573938 

Church Officials A Brief History Mission Statement Mid-Week Activities Other Groups Activities

A Welcome from our Minister 

Dear Friends, 

We would like to welcome you to our fellowship at Bollington Methodist Church. It is not always easy to enter a church that you have not been in before, but we are a friendly bunch of people and we hope that you will feel at home with us. The aim of our fellowship is to worship and serve God, through the power of the Holy Spirit and in the presence of Jesus. 

We are committed to care for each other and witness to our community.

We hope you will find this information useful. 

We look forward to getting to know you and sharing with you in our worship to God. 

Yours in Christ’s service, 

Rev. Ruth Jackson

   


A Brief History

The present Church is the third one to have been built on the site. The first opened on May 15th 1808 with the present building being dedicated and opened on March 17th 1886. 

A Sunday School and Day School was built in Water Street, opening in 1846. This later became the Bollington Council Day School. The Church built a new Sunday School on the rocky outcrop behind the present Chapel and this opened in February 1914. 

The Primitive Methodists, who had worshipped in their High Street Chapel, joined with the Wesleyans at the Wellington Road site in 1954, to be followed by the Methodist New Connection, from Grimshaw Lane, in 1957. 

There followed, in that year, a renovation to the building to modernise the Church. The Sunday School was sold to the Arts’ Centre and, during 1983/84, a major re-organisation was undertaken in the Church. The building was divided horizontally to create a Church upstairs with a hall, kitchen, toilets, lounge, office and resource room downstairs. These were dedicated, and the church re-opened, in September 1984. 

The building is an important part of Bollington’s History and is Grade II listed. 

Further information:

  • ‘The People called Methodists’ – Jean Wright
  • ‘A Centenary History of the Wesleyan Methodist Church of Bollington’ – Rev. W. Oliver Lake 

These books may be borrowed from the Church Resource Centre.

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Our Mission Statement

By means of:

  • Sensitive pastoral care
  • Love and fellowship 
  • Powerful preaching 
  • Smooth administration 

We aim to provide a Church which: 

  • Encourages its members to build each other up 
  • Undertakes mission in the wider community 
  • Provides a centre for active worship 

Of course, we are not perfect and do not always achieve what we set out to do. However, you will be more than welcome to join us in this quest. 

Our Sunday Services are at 10.30 a.m. each Sunday and once a month at 6.30 p.m. Details in the Circuit Plan or from the Stewards. The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is celebrated at least monthly, usually on the third Sunday in the month. It is open to all who love The Lord. Again, details are available in the Plan or from the Stewards. 

Funerals, Weddings and Baptisms should be arranged with the Minister.

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Mid-Week Activities

Given below is a list of our weekday activities. Further information about any of these can be obtained from the contact shown at the end of each entry. You are very welcome to join any of these groups or help in an area of work. 

The Parent and Toddler Group meets in the Church every Tuesday morning from 10.00 – 11.30 a.m. for play, chat and coffee.

The Wesley Guild holds meetings at 7.45 p.m. in the Church Lounge on the second and fourth Tuesday in the month from September to April. A varied programme of devotional, cultural and social activities is offered. 

The Friendship Circle is a group of ladies which meets for fellowship at 2.30 p.m. on alternate Wednesdays throughout the year. A visiting speaker is often invited but other activities are also undertaken. 

The Music Fellowship meets weekly in the homes of members for fellowship and rehearsal. The Fellowship leads singing at the Sunday Services and, from time to time, performs special items. 

A Prayer Triplet meets on Monday mornings in a variety of homes. The group remembers in its prayers of thanks and intercession people who, for a variety of reasons, are brought to mind. 

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Group Mid-Week Activities 

The premises are used by some groups not connected to the Church but who will welcome Church members to their meetings. 

A Playgroup for 3 – 5 year olds is held each weekday morning from 9 a.m. to midday during school terms.

The Guides and Brownies use the premises as follows: - Guides Mondays at 6.30 p.m., Brownies Tuesdays at 6 p.m. 

The Women’s Institute meets on the second Monday of each month at 7.30 p.m.

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Church Officials

Minister: Rev. Ruth Jackson
Church Treasurer: Mrs Barbara Wilkinson
Church Secretary: Mrs Patricia Burgess
Church Stewards: Mrs Gwen Jouannet
Mrs Elsie Hibbert
Mrs Lindy Ross
Mrs Audrey Williams
Mrs Heather Cann
Mr Barry Jackson
Mr Harry Williams
Secretary Pastoral Committee: Mrs Brenda Lingard
Secretary Outreach Committee: Mrs Muriel Egerton
Communion Stewards: Ms Chris Tute
Mrs Kath Chappel
Mrs Miriam Heavey

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