On Sunday afternoon we celebrated 179 years of Methodist ministry and witness in Tibberton as we held the final service in the chapel. The service was led by myself – Rev’d Dr James Tebutt, Circuit superintendent preached and church steward Peter Gardener gave an excellent history of the chapel and its ministry. Over 100 people attended which, if you know this tiny chapel, was quite challenging but we did manage to get everyone in. Afternoon a superb tea was enjoyed by all following the service.
I say it is the closing of a chapter, because the story does indeed continue. The methodist members will continue to meet an to continue their ministry with a new venture planned called ‘Together at Three’ which will be held every 3rd Sunday in the parish church room and will be a time of fellowship with tea and cake and will hopefully attract members of the community for a time of sharing. In addition there will be joint services on Sunday mornings at Holy Trinity with shared leadership on alternate Sundays.
So, yes, as sad time but another chapter opens and the work goes on. Do continue to check in here to find out how this new venture unfolds – I am certainly looking forward to being involved in this new phase of the life of the Methodist church in Tibberton.