Who We Are

 

 

 

 

 

Dore Methodist Church is a small building that fills with worshippers every Sunday and hums with activities throughout the rest of the week. Our members and visitors come to the church for its sincere Christian worship and its warm atmosphere. There is a strong sense of belonging to a supportive, friendly and caring community, where all newcomers are quickly made welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The church building has a modern look - especially in the bright and cheerful interior - which shows little sign of its history. It originated as a chapel constructed by the 'Primitive' (that is, original or traditional) Methodists in 1861, when it was called more colourfully Mount Zion . This was a very suitable name in those days, as its location is just across the road from Dore's earliest known Christian site, once with a preaching cross.

 

 

 

 

150 years of Dore Methodist Church

The story of Dore Methodist Church and its people, as told in a commemorative history booklet written by Dr John Dunstan and published by The Dore Village Society in 2011, began not long after the death of John Wesley. A new movement, Primitive Methodism, came into being and took root in Dore when the local Wesleyans had faded away. The 'Prims' built their first little chapel on part of the present site in 1861, and enlarged it in the 1880s. For its first 75 years it catered largely for labouring families. Then the social make-up of Dore began to change and that of the chapel followed suit.

In the early 1900s it started calling itself a church, but for some it was still a 'chapel' a century later. Meanwhile its numbers have grown and it has seen three more phases of re-building.

The church building was remodelled and renovated in 1962 and 1998, and its school room in 2012. One of its proudest features is the stained glass window, installed in 1998, and one of its most modern features is the radio controlled clock, fitted in 2001 to commemorate the Millennium. (You will find further information in John Dunstan's The Story of Methodism in Dore 1790-1907, Sheffield 1980; and his Chapel Life at Dore In Its Local and Methodist Setting, Dore Village Society, 2011.)* 

 

The well-dressing at Dore village green in July 2011 featured Dore Methodist Church:

 

 

Dore Methodist Church is proud of its links with the local community. We open the doors for coffee each Saturday morning, and maintain close relations with Dore Village Society, the Probus Club, the Guides and Brownies, and other organisations that use the church hall. With our Anglican neighbours, Christ Church, we regularly hold joint services, exchange ministers, and cooperate in local activities. 

 

 

One of the most fruitful of our cooperative ventures with Christ Church is the Youthworker Trust, which works with the young people in Dore, helping them to discover the reality of Jesus Christ for themselves, and to grow in Christian understanding and in the ability to help others. The project began in 2004, and has developed exceptionally well, with support and help from many different members of the community. If you would like further information about the activities and management of the Dore Youthworker Trust you can visit its website: www.soulroots.org.uk


or contact Andy Stuart :

info@soulroots.org.uk