Opening of new church building at Freshwater, Isle of Wight

Opening of new church building at Freshwater, Isle of Wight

During the weekend of 20th and 21st September, more than 300 visitors came from all over the Island and mainland to celebrate the opening of a new Methodist Church building in Freshwater, West Wight.

 Four years ago Totland Methodist Church closed and the congregation decided to demolish Wesley Hall in the centre of Freshwater and embark on a new church building project. The vision for the new church is to be a ‘heart beat in the centre of the local community’, providing modern premises for worship, fellowship and outreach to all ages. It is ideally placed close by the local Health Centre, Library, Sports and Youth and Community Centre, Skate Park and local shops.

Churches Together in West Wight consists of eleven churches of five denominations and all work well together supporting this project financially and through prayer. The new building has also materialised because of generous grants from the IoW Circuit, Southampton District and Connexion plus the joseph Rank Foundation, Newton and Norwood Settlement, All Churches Trust, Beatrice Laing Trust, individual donations and plenty of fund raising activities.

Phase 1 of the new building consists of a very flexible worship area and a large hall costing around £450K. Phase two will provide smaller rooms upstairs at the back of the building with the installation of a lift for disabled users and will cost around another £50K.

CTWW fund a Youth Worker, Emily Fallick and this year she is being helped by Cameron Taylor, who is one of the Methodist OPP students provided by the Connexion. Together with another gap year student, Jonny Biss, this team are able to reach out to local young people, bringing and sharing the love of Christ through a variety of clubs and activities.

The opening weekend activities consisted of the cutting of a ribbon by the IoW High Sherriff, Claire Locke and one of the oldest members of the church, Vera Brignall. The Minister in pastoral charge, Rev Phyl Fanning led a short opening ceremony which included prayers for the future. Then the church remained open for the rest of the day, welcoming loads of visitors, providing displays about the history of the Methodist Churches in West Wight and serving delicious refreshments. A concert was held on Saturday evening which featured a local Men’s Choir and on Sunday, the Chair of the Southampton District, Rev Dr Andrew Wood together with Rev Fanning, led morning worship celebrating the new building and emphasising the opportunity for mission. After a shared lunch, the CTWW Youth team led a Family and Youth Worship time and the day closed with a Songs of Praise led by the Lay Worker in West Wight, Mike Hackleton.

Doreen Dace. 04/10/14

Mayor opens “Comfy Pew”

Mayor Jo Day opened a new community hub in Newbury Methodist Church on Monday ( 6th October). The recent building refurbishment has enabled a refreshment area to be created, and is now open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings 10am -12pm. Fairtrade filter coffee and a wide choice of teas are being served by a team of volunteers who provide a friendly welcome and have time for a chat. We are supported by donations to cover costs.  Minister Revd Maree Farrimond said, “It is great to have the support of our mayor in this community project. In the future we hope to expand our day time activities, along with giving visitors to our town an insight into part of our Heritage”. 


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