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150 Years Anniversary: The Ninfield Methodists are celebrating 150 years in the Chapel in Church Lane, Ninfield in July 2021. This month’s talk is about that history and the people who contributed to the life of the Chapel over the years (see below). If you would like to come to the meeting, please book a seat by calling me on 892248 (leave a message if no answer). If your plans change let me know so we can give the seat to someone else.
Forthcoming Meetings: 7.30 in the Methodist Hall unless stated otherwise
July 8th Ninfield Methodist Church 1871 to 2021 by David Swales
August 12th The Sporting History of Sussex by Mat Homewood
September 9th Ashburnham by Maggie Evans
October 14th Tbc Jo Seaman tbc
November 11th Napoleon’s Last Days on St Helena by Brigadier Hugh Willing
Monday Morning Pavilion Open 10am - 12 The last Monday of each month.
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The Ninfield Methodist Church: building is 150 years old this year with celebrations taking place on Sunday 4th July. It was built originally as a Christian Mission with the foundation stone being laid on 6th July 1871 by Catherine Booth, wife of William Booth who went on to establish the Salvation Army. Early records show a vibrant, well-attended place of worship with a very active Temperance Society!
In 1907 the United Methodist Church Act brought together the Bible Christians, the Methodist New Connexion and the Methodist Free Churches. The Christian Mission in Ninfield became a member of this group. However, from records and minutes it would seem that the congregation continued to use the title ‘Christian Mission’ rather than ‘Methodist Church’.
The Act of Union in 1932 brought together all three main branches (Wesleyan, Primitive & United) of the Methodist Church to form the Methodist Church of Great Britain. After this time our village church was known as Upper Ninfield Methodist Church to distinguish it from Lower Ninfield in Russells Green.
In 1958 the original Christian Mission Hall was refurbished and a new entrance porch built. The old doorway was bricked up and a carved wooden plaque erected on the gable wall. The plaque was part-paid for by Mr Claude Langdon of Standard Hill House and carved by Douglas Noble from Bexhill. It shows John Wesley preaching outdoors and his words, ‘The best of all is God is with us’.
A booklet outlining the chapel history “Telling Our Story” is available for a £5 donation to church funds from David Swales (892248)