The Methodist Church and Day Retreat Centre is situated in the heart of the High Street and is one of 17 churches that make up an ecumenical group called the Herts and Essex Border Ecumenical Area ( HAEBEA) ( www. haebea.org). It also belongs to Christians Serving Watton. The chapel was built on a plot of land that was purchased for £130 in 1890 and the first service took place on 14th October 1891.
The majority of the members and worshippers live in Watton-at -Stone and as Christians all play their part in village life. This has led them to be responsive to the spiritual needs of those with no experience of Church and those who have drifted away. A community meditation garden, which offers a quiet space of sanctuary, was created as part of the Church Centenary celebrations and local people donated plants in memory of their loved ones.
The church and hall have recently been refurbished to provide for day groups of up to 50 people to run self led retreats, quiet days and meetings. The church has modern comfortable, flexible seating and benefits from an audio visual system, power point/data projector and microphones. The hall is ideal for meals and break out areas and there is a fully equipped kitchen. For more information www.haebea.org/church/watton-at-stone-methodist.html telephone 01920 831165.
The Methodist Church building is not used for just 1 hour a week. It is at the very heart of the community and as such is used for Lunch club, Messy Church Cameo group for women, a card making group, a craft club, art class, knit and knatter group and various other regular and one off activities. These include socials, teas and children’s parties. Some of these activities are church related whereas others are for the community. Underpinning everything is worship and prayer.
Sunday services are held at 10.45am each week and children are very welcome.
We are a welcoming church and invite you to get in touch.
If you want to know more please contact the Revd Barbara Routley (Minister) on 01992 462881 or John Ellis (Senior Steward/Local Preacher) on 01920 830623.