Bedale & District Methodist Church

Home » Resources » News » Bedale & District Methodist Church
B&DMC new
Opening day 6
Opening day 2
Opening day 1
Image: 20190601_112716(0)
Image: 20190601_112618
Image: 20190601_112539
Image: 20190601_112518
Image: 20190601_101435
Image: 20190601_102611
Image: 20190601_103520
Image: 20190601_110627
Image: 20190601_110812
Image: 20190601_101404
Image: 20190601_095752
Image: 20190601_084538
Image: 20190601_083641
Opening day 7
Opening day 4
Image: 20190601_090007
Opening day 3

The weekend of June 1st/2nd we officially reopened and rededicated the Methodist Chapel in Bedale. And what a weekend it was!
We had been given the vision of a congregation from Bedale and surrounding villages worshipping together in new or renewed premises, and after almost 10 years of praying and planning, following the generous giving of congregation and grant-givers alike, work started last July, and we were able to move back in this June — and wow! What a difference! God was honoured in an amazing way — and we gave thanks to all and the glory to God.
The two previously separate buildings (one of which was accessible only up steps) and now joined, re-configured and totally accessible up steps and slope. The Architects (PPIY of York) have absolutely nailed the brief, and the previous rather dark chapel and hall have been transformed into light and airy bright spaces- whilst still retaining some of the features of the previous age.
4 Large screens in the chapel mean that everyone can see, however the area is set out, and whatever the occasion there. The connectivity flowing from the very large communal foyer enables "flow" throughout the building — the chapel, the hall, the meeting room, the kitchen and toilet facilities. Truly multi-purpose and functional, whilst bright and welcoming too, we are now able to welcome everyone. God and the community can be served from here in new and exciting ways- and worship, leading to service is our reason for being- as it says in the Bible (1JoHn4) "we love because God first loved us". Look for the beautiful artwork that symbolises that in the Foyer.
The re-opening weekend was full of excitement, people, exclamations of delight, wonder and surprise- not to mention a great deal of cake and delicious lunches!
Saturday afternoon included our opening act of worship, which it was my privilege to lead, with the Chair of the District (Rev Leslie Newton) bringing God's word to us. The architect officially handed the building back to us, and some of the many people who had had key roles in bringing this to fruition also took part. The chapel was full to overflowing with people praising God for all that has happened there.
Of course, all of this is the springboard for greater worship, service to others and use by the community. This is not the end, but the end of the beginning of this new phase of mission and service — and we are truly open to where God is leading us next.
Please do come along- have a look round — and see how you fit in to all of this — as we sang last Saturday "All are welcome" — and that means you.
All 3 of the areas can be booked for community use (Chapel, hall and meeting room) we are a Fair Trade, Makaton and Dementia friendly, alcohol free church- and we'd love you to come and be part of what is happening here. May God bless you and yours — .Rev. Kathleen Wood — (Minister)

You may also be interested in

Advent 1
Webteam: Fri 27 Nov 9:35am

Check out some of these great Christmas initiatives we are getting involved with this year:The Wandering Wise MenThe Wandering Wise Men are here to follow a star and take a journey with you. Each day through Advent they share a piece of the real story of Christmas with you or suggest an Act of Random Kindness you could do in the true spirit of the season. And occasionally they get up to...

Rainbow 2
Webteam: Thu 26 Nov 12:02pm

Worship for Sunday 29th November.Written services as usual plus an advent liturgy from Rev Ian Pruden >>>The You Tube service this week is provided by our https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ra5talbYMl8.11(District and led by Rev Leslie Newton...

Advent prayer space 3
Webteam: Thu 26 Nov 11:27am

##Advent Quiet DayRev Ian Pruden has created four films for an advent quiet day. Each film is 15 mins long and you can view them on the the Ripon Lower Dales You Tube channel.the links are here.Advent Film 1 Light Advent Film 2 Joyhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnULQNDWFI4.11(Advent...

© 2013 - 2020 Ripon and Lower Dales

resourcing church and community