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Baldwins Gate Methodist Church

Baldwins Gate, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 5DA
Minister: Revd John Palmer BA(Hons) ThMin

 


Church Profile

Church History:  as early as 1799, long before a Methodist Church was built in Baldwins Gate, there were two groups of worshippers meeting in houses at Baldwins Gate, Stableford and Chorlton Moss.

The Baldwins Gate group were Protestant Protestors who, as records show, gave their children a Wesleyan baptism as far back as 1826.

The other groups were Primitive Methodists and belonged, in 1830, to the Market Drayton branch of the Prees Green Circuit.  This group met at Chorlton Moss and held baptisms from 1853.

On 18th October 1859, the present Methodist Church in Baldwins Gate was opened and brought together the two groups, as well as “new” worshippers from the village.  It was a traditional, galleried chapel and remained so until 1968 when the gallery was removed and the walls and roof lowered to provide the single storey, multi-use Church that is seen today.

Sunday schools were held up to 1976, in the afternoons and as was so typical of bygone years, there were the annual children’s trips to the seaside!

It was at this time that the chapel at Hill Chorlton (adjacent to Chorlton Moss) closed and amalgamated with Baldwins Gate.  Similarly, when Acton Church closed in 2003, several of its members came to Baldwins Gate.

A warm welcome is assured at 9.30 am each Sunday to any who wish to join our congregation.

Service Times:  Sunday 9.30 am
                          One Communion Service per month

Car Park: None

Worship Area: main worship area 10 metres by 5.5 metres.  80 interlinking chairs.  Fixed pulpit.  Communion area and table (movable).  Recently refurbished.

Numbers Attending Worship:  Average size congregation 18-20.  One young family but mainly 60+.  More female than male.

Worship Style:  Traditional Methodist worship.

Music & Liturgy: Hymns and Psalms and Singing the Faith.  Electronic organ, piano and hymnal.

Media: None

Children & Young People: three young people.

Activities:

Monday

2.00 pm

Fellowship 4th Monday of each month (open to men and women and none Church members).

Thursday

10.30 am

Coffee Morning 1st Thursday in the month (open to everyone)

 


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