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Before the chapel was built the growing body of Knutsford Methodists had established an association with the Northwich Circuit, and this association continued for a further eleven years after the opening. Then, in 1807, by which time the Chapel had become a notable entity in its own right, the affiliation transferred to the Macclesfield Circuit.

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Church FrontThe style of the Chapel is Early English Gothic, built to a rectangular floor plan, 63 ft. by 37 ft. (19.4m x 11.4m). In the original-arrangement (still evident in the gallery at the west end), one aisle on each side divided the seating into three blocks of open pews, with inclined backs and book-rests.

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Knutsford Methodist Church,
Princess Street,
Knutsford,
Cheshire
WA16 6BY
 
 
Tel : 01565 652251
 

Knutsford Methodist Ramblers walk normally on the third Wednesday morning of each month throughout the year.

We tend to do short walks (up to 6 miles), mainly along field-paths and country lanes within easy reach of Knutsford, which we usually complete in time for a sociable lunch together afterwards. Our numbers vary between ten and twenty - and we are not speed merchants. As for age ..... we are young at heart! All are welcome.

Those wishing to join us - and the more the merrier - please contact Gill F or Barabara P, either on Sunday at Church or via the Church Office (any midweek morning - Tel. Knu. 652251).

It's a great way to get to know each other, and possibly to use up a few calories (although we soon put them back on at lunch-time!).

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Monday Club is open to all ladies - from Knutsford Methodist Church and any friends they may wish to invite. In order to provide an informal atmosphere the meetings are normally held in member's homes. Each meeting is opened with prayer; tea, coffee and delicious cakes are served at the end, as we enjoy a lovely atmosphere of friendship and care for each other. We meet normally on each 2nd Monday of the month (from September through to June), starting at 8.00pm. We nearly always have a speaker, and cover a wide range of topics. Suggestions are taken at the AGM to plan subjects that will be of interest to members. They range from serious contemporary issues, speakers with a Christian message, to more frivolous topics. We aim to show a caring Christian attitude by raising money for charities by a Bring and Buy, and other fund raising events, and by donating the residue of the subscriptions. If you would like to know more please contact Hilary K via the Church Office (any midweek morning), Knutsford 652251 More About Monday Club... Many new friends attending our Church here in Knutsford, or hearing about us in other ways, may wonder what Monday Club is. So here's a little more about us. We are a group of ladies of all ages who meet on the 2nd Monday of each month, for an informal social evening and cup of tea/coffee and cakes (always non-fattening of course!). We usually meet in the home of one of our members - a different venue each month, occasionally in the Church Hall, or have a meal out, as for our January meeting. In December we assist in the first of the Christmas celebrations with a Candlelight Carol Service. We begin our meetings with devotions, followed by a speaker or craft demonstration, or we may have a Christian theme, sometimes a very general theme, but always in an environment offering care and friendship to others. Some of us are members of Knutsford Methodist Church, and others may be friends not belonging to the Church, but all are most welcome. If you are new to the Church, or perhaps just haven't been along to Monday Club before, or not recently, then why not join us for one of our next meetings. We shall be delighted to see you. We have a full programme for the year - available in the Church Porch - do take a copy. If you would like to know more, or make contact with Monday Club, please call Hilary via the Church Office (01565 652251)

The Fellowship welcomes ladies and gentlemen from across Knutsford to our afternoon meetings and our speakers are chosen for their informative, entertaining and often humorous delivery.

Meetings conclude with refreshments and the opportunity to chat to one another.

Please join with us - you are very welcome and we would love to meet you.

No membership or obligation to attend meetings, just an open door and a warm welcome. We look forward to seeing you.

 

Tuesday Afternoon Fellowship enjoyed hugely informative and interesting talks in January, along with our trip to the Knutsford Little Theatre Pantomime to see Jack and the Beanstalk.

With 32 Fellowship and Church Family members attending together, our presence was certainly felt and a very happy evening was enjoyed by all.

Our particular thanks go to Christopher Templar for his exemplary driving skills with the community mini bus, which made this possible.

Our first meeting in February is on Tuesday 13th, when we hope to welcome Mr Roy Willis as he shares an illustrated talk on his trek through Northern Pakistan, with fabulous photographs and fascinating facts about this little-visited holiday destination!

As a consummate traveller, retirement has in no way abated his hunger for adventure and enthusiasm for travel.

 

On 27th February we will enjoy a talk entitled ‘Building a Lighthouse on the Bridgewater Canal’.

Mr Philip Austin is a keen local historian who reveals little known and often very humorous historical facts.

Why was it deemed necessary to build a Lighthouse on a canal and who decided it was a good idea and actually built it??

An accomplished speaker, Philip will entertain and enlighten us with this illustrated and interesting presentation.

 

Look out for a visit from Mr Bianchi Snr and Mr Bianchi Jnr from Arighi Bianchi on 13th March!

 

The Fellowship takes place every 2nd and 4th Tuesday in the month, beginning at 2.00pm. Details and dates will be included in Open Doors. For more details of future dates and speakers, please contact the Church Office.

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The musical and technical team providing contemporary worship in the church. KMC's Worship Group are committed to providing the best music and media they are able to in order to help create the best environment for the church community to worship God together.

The Start On 20th March 1738, the Rev. John Wesley preached for the first time in the town from the steps of a house near the George Hotel. If we take this event as marking the starting point of Methodism in Knutsford, then the opening of the present church in 1865 followed an already-established history of over 120 years of Methodist-style worship in the town. The very same steps from which it is believed that Wesley preached are now preserved (presented to the Chapel in 1932) in front of the current church building. An attached plaque quotes an entry from Wesley's diary at the time. Thirty seven years later (April 1775) John Wesley, then aged 72, returned and preached again in Knutsford, this time in a room near the Cross Keys Inn. He recalled, "The house would by no means contain the congregation. The street too was filled; and even those who could not hear were silent. This is uncommon, especially in a town little accustomed to this strange way of preaching: those who cannot hear themselves usually taking care to hinder others from hearing." The influence of Methodism across the country actually evolved as a Society within the Church of England. The initially small band of Knutsford Methodists grew in the same way, its members continuing to attend the Parish Church for morning services (and Communion) but also holding their own separate meetings in hired rooms and private houses. In 1789 the group established its own Sunday School but it was not in fact until 1796, two year's after Wesley's death and twenty one years after his second visit to the town, that the Knutsford Society of Wesleyan Methodists, having resolved "To build a place of worship that should be both commodious and respectable", finally achieved their goal.

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The Original Chapel

The chapel was built at the lower end of the Market Place, near the "Moor".

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The New Chapel
 

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