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Easingwold Methodist Church
Chapel Street, Easingwold, YO61 3AE

  • Aug 25th, 10:30 am - Mr John Freeman
  • Sep 1st, 10:30 am - Mrs Hilary Blake
  • Sep 8th, 10:30 am - Rev'd Elizabeth Cushion (Holy Communion)
  • Sep 15th, 10:30 am - Rev'd Vivien Firth

Times of worship 10.30am and 6.30pm each Sunday.

Groups include: Explorers and JMA for the young people; Network; House group; Social Committee; Cafe Church; Men's Breakfast; OASIS with coffee mornings.

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Methodism in Easingwold

The origins of Methodism in Easingwold are unknown but are thought to have begun with the preaching of John Nelson who passed through the town as a prisoner of the press-gang during the year 1744. However, it was not until 1768 that official records noted that the Easingwold Society sent six shillings (30p) to the York Quarterly Meeting as it was then part of the York Circuit. Thus the wheel has come full circle as it is once again part of the (new) York Circuit.

The persons who first invited preachers to Easingwold were John Skaife (the Parish Clerk) and his brother-in-law who was the Sexton of the parish! It is said that the first preaching place was a house on Stillington Road called Blayd's House (now Blaydes House) but after about a year, following the conversion of John Skaife, the meetings transferred to his house in the town.

The first chapel was built in 1785 at a cost of £140 and, when John Wesley preached there on Monday 8th May 1786, the Society had seventeen members under the leadership of John Barber. In 1815, a new and larger chapel was built on the present site in Chapel Street which cost £970. 13. 7. £970. 68p).

The one and only internment to have been made in the chapel forecourt is that of John Skaife (1766-1838) who was the grandson and name-sake of the aforementioned John Skaife, the Parish Clerk. The monument still stands in the garden at the left-hand side of the present chapel building. It was erected by his fellow local preachers who held him in very high regard.

The chapel worshipped in today was rebuilt and opened on Saturday 10th May 1975. The total cost of the rebuilding amounted to £41,031.85p (this figure included voluntary labour estimated at £3,300).

Today, the premises offer worship week- by- week as well as offering the ancillary rooms for use to the community for such things as Playgroup, U3A, and much more during the week. Very recently its value to the community has been recognised by the award of a grant to cover the installation of digital projection and an opportunity to update the audio equipment.

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