Old Newton Methodist Church,
After several years of worshipping in the open air and then in a barn lent by a friendly farmer, the local Methodists were delighted when the chapel building was erected in 1839.
In the 1950s the hall was added.
The two buildings were joined, extended and modernised in the 1990s.
The church is one of twelve Methodist churches which are grouped together in the Bury St Edmunds Circuit. There are town churches in Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket, Sudbury and Needham Market (joint URC) with smaller village chapels at Elmswell, Old Newton, Cotton, Woolpit, Thurston, Bradfield, Glemsford, Ixworth and Cotton.
There is a team of three Ministers in the Circuit led by the Superintendent Minister who is based in Stowmarket.
Services are held every Sunday at 10.45 and 6.30.
Worship is led by the Minister or one of our band of local preachers in a variety
of styles some formal some informal. In some Holy Communion is celebrated, some are Family Services when all ages worship together and our youngsters take part, and some such as Taize services have an unusual but very lovely format. We celebrate the big Christian festivals such as Christmas, Easter and Harvest and the church is always decorated appropriately and beautifully. We enjoy meeting on occasions like Remembrance Sunday and Covenant services when we worship with our friends at the Parish Church.
We are a very child and family friendly church.
Children are not just welcomed they are openly encouraged and provided for.
Every Sunday morning the Lighthouse Gang meet. This is for children aged 3 and over. For about twenty minutes they join with their parents and other adults in the first part of the Sunday service which is specially crafted to include them and the whole church family worships together. They then meet in the hall for a time of learning and activities such as stories, songs, quizzes, games, videos etc. The children especially enjoy preparing short plays which they perform as part of the worship at special times like Christmas and Harvest.
We can also provide crèche facilities for babies and toddlers.
On Wednesday evenings the hall resounds to the sound of enthusiastic children, aged 7 and over, who meet for a time of fun and learning. Through this we hope the children will absorb Christ's teachings and his message of love.
Outreach into the community is very important to us and everyone is welcome in our Church family. Jesus loved getting to know people by sharing meals with them and we try to do the same.
Held on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesdays
Everyone is welcome to drop in for a cuppa and a chat. Between 10.30 am and 12 noon.
Held on 1st Tuesday
You are also warmly invited to pop in for lunch between 12.15 and 1.30
We also have Meals Out on occasional Friday evenings which is a more formal meal, with a speaker or presentation, and Chapel Cafes on occasional Saturdays.
These are self service style meals with stalls.
In the summertime we have outside functions such as barbecues and strawberry teas in lovely country gardens. All are advertised with posters in the village and in the Crier.
Christian Fellowship is very important to us as we worship work and learn together.
While this is an important part of our church life we also have two special sessions:
Women's Fellowship which meets in the hall at 2.30 on the fourth Tuesday of the month and House Fellowship when we usually meet in a home.
Mindful of our social responsibility to those less fortunate than ourselves we support the work of Methodist charities, such as NCH and Homes for the Aged and others such as Tear Fund, Operation Christmas Child, the Leprosy Mission and Christian Aid.
We are a Fair Trade Church using fairly traded goods at our functions and selling Traidcraft goods at our Meals and Cafes.
Every month we issue a free magazine which gives details of our services and activities.
We welcome everyone to our church - we know you will find us friendly!
Why not give us a try?
Superintendent Minister: Rev Stephen Yelland 01449 612619