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Halmer End Methodist Church

High Street, Halmer End, Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 8AD www.halmerendmethodists.org.uk
Minister: Revd Helen Hoe
Tel: 01782 720267


Church Profile

Service Times:

  • Sunday 10.00 am and 3.00 pm for special services.
  • Worship also takes place as part of Messy Church held three monthly on Monday or Thursday evenings between 6.00 pm and 7.30 pm
  • Worship at informal Chip ‘n’ Hymn evenings held periodically on Wednesdays from 6.15 pm to 7.00 pm.  

Car Park:

There is a car park opposite to the church and parking is available in the High Street immediately adjacent to the church.

Worship Area:

Halmer End Church is a former Primitive Methodist Chapel which has had some changes to its worship area including the removal of pews and the introduction of seats.  The pulpit has been removed and the frontal area is now more open and includes a preacher’s lectern.  One feature is that the congregation enters the worship area facing towards the seated congregation. The worship area is a medium space which seats 90 people with a central aisle down the church. The communion rail is central to the church.  The Worship Area can be expanded into a rear adjoining room to seat up to 150 people. 

Numbers attending worship:

  • Sunday Worship
    Numbers vary but generally there are about 25 people attending regular morning worship with between 40 and 60 for afternoon special services.  The numbers increase considerably for Baptismal Services.
     
  • Messy Church
    A short Act of Worship is also included as part of Messy Church which takes place every 3 months when between 60 and 80 people are present.
     
  • Chip ‘n’ Hymn
    Regular Chip ‘n’ Hymn evenings which combine an informal style of worship, testimony and food can attract between 30 and 60 people.
     
  • Open Air Services
    There can be up to 100 people present for an open air service in the village.
     
  • Worship at The Poplars Residential Home in Alsagers Bank
    Every six weeks members of the Church go to The Poplars residential home in Alsagers Bank to share worship with the staff and residents at 2.30 on a Sunday afternoon.     

Worship style:

The worship style on Sundays is fairly traditional but Halmer End is always willing to try new things as it does for Messy Church, the regular Chip ‘n’ Hymn evenings and its open air worship in the village.

Music & Liturgy:

Hymn Books

The following Hymn Books are available:

  • Hymns & Psalms;
  • Songs of Fellowship (Books 1 and 2);
  • Mission Praise Book 1;
  • Junior Praise.

Bibles

Good News Bibles are also available with a copy for each seat. 

Music

  • There is an organist for the morning and afternoon services and for Chip ‘n’ Hymn evenings.  On occasions of holiday a pianist is usually available.
  • Music for Messy Church is sometimes with a Singing Group or from discs or a mix of discs and/or a pianist.

Website

The Church has introduced a website which went live in November 2015.  A web team of 6 people of varying ages are working with this site to make it a vital part of our communication with the outside world.

The web site is www.halmerendmethodists.org.uk

Media:

  • Projector - Halmer End has a projector permanently in place in the worship area and a portable projector for use in other rooms in the building. 
  • Computers – the Church has a Laptop computer for use with the projectors and also a stand-alone desktop computer located in one of the smaller rooms.
  • Loop system - There are two separate Induction Loops in the buildings one for the worship area and adjoining room and one for the main hall.
  • Microphones - Both wired and radio microphones are available for the preacher to use.
  • Other Facilities – these are available via a mixing desk with facilities to use CD music in the worship area and portable amplifiers are used for the main hall and for outside work.
  • CCL Licence - the church has a CCL Licence for words to Hymns/Worship Songs and for showing videos and for the playing of music.

Participation:

Many members of the church are willing to read Bible Lessons when required for worship and the Senior Steward will make such arrangements when notified in advance.  Other participation in simple drama sketches is also possible when prior notice is given.

Children & Young People:

  • Sunday Worship – there are usually some young people present for Sunday morning worship although there isn’t a Sunday School or Junior Church.  There is usually a good number of children present for Baptismal Services.  There are also occasionally some children present for special afternoon services but these are low in number (usually less than 10). 
     
  • Monday Club – when the Sunday School ceased to exist at Halmer End some fourteen years ago we introduced a Monday night club for children aged 5 to 11 and this does have Christian teaching as part of its programme.  We frequently have a waiting list to join this club which we have limited in number to 30 children.
     
  • Christingle Service - the annual Christingle Service is now held on a Monday evening and this is attended by Monday Club Children and Brownies as well as their families with usually an attendance varying between 50 and 70. 
     
  • Brownies – the Brownies do occasionally come to Sunday Worship and take part in the annual service of Remembrance in November.  They also do occasionally hold a special Act of Worship on Thursday nights to which other adults and families are invited and there is usually good support from the Brownie families for these times of worship. This Brownie group is now the only group in the parish of Audley.
  • Stay & Play for the Under 5s with parent/carer – the church introduced a new Stay & Play group in October 2013 as a joint venture with a nearby Anglican Church.  The leadership team is drawn from both churches and includes our minister. This is going well with between 15 and 25 children plus parent/carers each week of school term time and it includes a Bible Story time.  Additional leaders are now required to help with this group.
     
  • Youth Fellowship – the church is working towards establishing a new group for the 12 to 15 year age group because children who cannot come to Monday Club for the 5s to 11s age group are asking for something for them.  It is hoped that some form of youth fellowship group will be established.

Criminal Records Bureau (CRB/DBS)  

Halmer End Methodist Church presently has 14 people listed for CRB/DBS purposes as working with children and young people and additional Verification Letters for people working with the Brownies.

Adult Groups

  • Unity Choir - the church has a choir, the Unity Choir, which is ecumenical with members from our own church and other nearby Methodist and Anglican churches.  New members are always welcome.
  • Craft Group – the church has a small but very busy Craft Group which plays an important role in the creative life of the church.
  • Over 60s Youth Club – this new group started in May 2014 and meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm.   

Activities:

  • Although small in membership this is a very busy rural church and in addition to the Church groups there are other external groups using our premises.  These include an archery group who meet in the premises during the winter months and a Medieval Defence group which meets each week throughout the year.
  • There is a regular meeting of the Church Outreach Committee which seeks to reach out to the local community with the Christian message.  This committee also ensures that the memory of the 156 men and boys who died in the Halmer End Minnie Pit Coal Mining disaster of 12th January 1918 is kept alive.  Outside the church, by the front door, is a brass memorial plaque to all who died in that disaster and events are organised by the committee to ensure their sacrifice in search of coal is never forgotten.  This disaster was one of the worst in the country.  

Charity Support

The Church supports the following charities each year in addition to others which are supported as the needs arise:

  • Leprosy  Mission
  • Methodist Homes for the Aged MHA
  • Action for Children
  • The Gideons (for New Testaments to pupils at Sir Thomas Boughey High School)
  • Royal British Legion
  • Operation Christmas Child
  • Newcastle Staffs Foodbank

Weekly Programme

Sunday

10.00 – 11.00 am

Morning Worship

 

2.30 pm

Worship at ‘The Poplars’ Residential Home in Alsagers Bank – arranged once every 6 weeks

 

3.00 – 4.00 pm

Afternoon worship for special services

Monday

6.00 – 7.15 pm

Monday Club for 5 to 11 year old children

 

6.00 – 7.30 pm

Messy Church – held every 3 months

Tuesday

12.00 – 1.00 pm

A Lunchtime Bible Study Fellowship – as announced.  These operate on 6 weekly cycles for particular subjects which include special seasons of the Christian Calendar such as Lent and Advent.  The format is that each person brings a packed lunch, the Church provides the drinks and the study session lasts for 1 hour.

 

7.30 – 9.30 pm

Lyme Valley Indoor Archery Practice – in winter

Wednesday

9.30 – 11.30 am

Stay & Play for the under 5’s

 

2.00 – 3.30 pm

Over 60s Youth Club - first and third Wednesday of each month

 

6.15 – 7.00 pm

Chip ‘n’ Hymn Evenings – dates as announced.

 

7.30 – 9.00 pm

Unity Choir Rehearsals

Thursday

6.00 - 7.30 pm

Messy Church which alternates with Monday evenings
 

6.30 - 7.30 pm

Brownies

 

7.30 – 9.00 pm

Church Craft Group

 

8.15 - 10.15 pm

Wisdom of Medieval Defence Group

 

 


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