God demonstrates his love to us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us . Romans 5 v8.
Watton Methodist Church meets at the chapel on the High Street in Watton. The present building was opened in 1925 and replaced the smaller chapel still to be seen beside it on the High Street and which was itself built in 1863. The old chapel and its large rear hall were completely refurbished in 1988 and have now become the Watton Christian Community Centre (the W.C.C.C.), owned by the Methodists but managed jointly by the Methodists and St Mary’s Church. It now provides a major amenity for clubs and meetings of all sorts in the town.
There was a strong Methodist witness in Watton long before 1863 with both the Primitive Methodists and the Wesleyans having their own meetings in local houses converted into chapels. In 1932, when the various different Methodist Connexions combined, the present Church became the only one in the town.
The present membership is about 100. Watton Methodist Church is the only Church for miles around that meets weekly for Sunday evening worship as well as in the morning and it is the only Methodist Church within the East Anglia District whose membership has grown by nearly 50% over the past 25 years. This growth has been essentially due to retired people moving into the new housing in the town and while the Church still does not have many younger members, the new retired members have breathed new life into the Church.
To contact the minister: phone 01953 881438.
Times of Worship :
Sunday: 10.45am and 6.30pm . Tea and coffee is served in the pews each morning.
Wednesday “Shoppers’ Service” from 10.30 – 11.00am .
Church Activities :
Junior Church meets on Sundays at 10.45am , starting with the adult Church and then leaving them for its specialised activities.
“Wee Monsters’ Club” is a monthly children’s club for ages 5 to 11 , which meets in the Watton Christian Community Centre on the 2 nd Saturday in each month from 10am to noon . It started in January 2002 and provides Bible based craft work, games, story and song in a fun atmosphere.
House groups : There are a number of house groups meeting in homes, some every two weeks and some monthly. Current details can be obtained from the minister.
There is also a Prayer Meeting held in the church vestry every fourth Tuesday at 7.30pm .
The “Bright Hour” is a weekly meeting for ladies, meeting at 2.30pm on Tuesdays in the Church vestry during most of the year. It has a diverse programme and is well supported.
“Mothers and Others” is a monthly meeting for all ladies, whether church members or not, and meets at 7.30pm on the second Monday in each month. They met in a friendly and light hearted way with speakers and demonstrations on a range of subjects and the occasional outing of general interest.
A Parent and Toddlers’ group is run on Friday mornings in the W.C.C.C. from 10am to noon providing toys, coffee, warmth and an opportunity for a friendly chat.
A Banner making group meets in a home every other Wednesday from 2.00 to 4.00pm and has produced a number of beautiful wall banners on Bible verses and themes.
The Fellowship of Movement in Worship group meets in the church on the 2nd Friday in the month at 7.30pm . This is a group which investigates new dimensions in worship in a physical way through movement and dance. On the 1 st and the 3 rd Friday in the month, the Church Choir meets to plan and prepare music for worship.
While the Country Market (run by the W.I.) is in the front hall of the W.C.C.C. every Wednesday morning, the church runs a popular Coffee Morning in the rear hall which is open to the public from 8.30am to 11.30am .
In addition to all the regular activities of the Church, there are occasional Quiz Nights popular with the Church and friends, there is a superb Flower Festival in June. Local schools take part in Church on Education Sunday in February and there are the usual festivals during the Christian year. Watton is an active, welcoming Church which seeks new ways to bring God’s love to the community and to follow the example of Jesus in its daily life.