Worship Time: 10.30am
Minister: Rev Diane Grice
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Methodism came to Long Whatton some 220 years ago, but we don't know where people met for worship. Eventually, though, a Chapel was built behind some cottages and the preachers had to duck their heads to avoid the laundry hanging across the narrow lane. As membership grew the small Chapel was enlarged. In l9I2 a plot of land on the Main Street was acquired and the present Chapel was built with a schoolroom. When the then Baptist Church closed down in 1996, we were able to buy their chairs, remove and sell the pews and make various alterations with guidance and help from Rev Peter Brown. In October 2012 we celebrated the Centenary of the Chapel with various events over the weekend.
From 1987 onwards, monthly United Praise meetings were held with speakers from different denominations and the congregation chose their favourite hymns which was a great attraction. Sadly, these meetings were discontinued in 2004.
In 1988 the first Mission Aviation Fellowship Midlands Rally took place in the Church and this became an annual event which continued until 2005.
When the Scouts were looking for a meeting place in 1998, they were given permission to use the schoolroom for their headquarters.
The local Playgroup had to relocate in 2009 and now uses the church premises every week during term time.
The Long Whatton History Society also meets at times in the schoolroom.
Some years back, we started a Valentine's Tea, followed by a Strawberry Tea which have become popular. Last year we added a Christmas Tea and Carols which was very well received.
Other events are the Harvest Festival and Chapel Anniversary.
Over l0 years ago, a suggestion was made to have monthly United Services in the Community Centre, for closer co-operation with the two other churches in the village and to attract outsiders. Each church in turn has a say as to who will be the speaker, the choice of hymns/songs and the recipients of the collection. As Methodists we are choosing Christian charities and projects i.e. food banks in Mali organised by a local pastor, Fishermen's Mission or smaller organisations working in disaster areas.
A united Bible Study group meets every Thursday in one of the homes.
For a number of years also, each church in turn has been hosting 3 major events: the women's world Day of Prayer, the Good Friday Service and the Pentecost Praise.
The church maintains a page on the Leicester Villages website, www.leicestershirevillages.com/longwhatton/methodistchurch.html