Chesterfield Road, Staveley, Chesterfield, S43 3XD
Welcome to Central Methodist Church located in Chesterfield's town centre. Central is one of Britain's larger Methodist Churches, with acts of worship and other activities drawing people from across the Chesterfield area and beyond.
We believe that Jesus invites all to belong to the Kingdom of God, and seek to provide a welcome to all, irrespective of their background or particular understanding of the Christian Faith.
Emphasis is placed on preaching in both word and action. The Sunday morning service is the focal point of Central's life as a Christian family and is designed to provide thoughtful and varied worship, with provision for children and young people.
The Covid-19 pandemic curtailed many activities and led to changes in others, but the Church as a people has continued. Developing a hybrid form of church, that meets both online and in person, whilst offering written material to those unable to attend, has become very important.
We meet at Central for worship and fellowship every Sunday morning at 10:30am. We remain vigilant and committed to providing a safe space for all who wish to attend. Therefore, we continue to operate within the best practice we have learnt during the pandemic:
It is important that we maintain a hybrid approach to ministry and so we have invested in technology that allows us to live-stream our Sunday Morning Worship and we continue to meet together online each Sunday evening, at 6pm, via Zoom. We continue to distribute written material, provide a 'dial-a-sermon' service by telephone, and produce our Daily Devotions through our social media platforms.
Being located in the town centre, outreach and service are important to the life of the church. Therefore, Central is much more than just a Sunday Church, with a wide range of activities spread over the whole of the week.
During the week, 'Cornerstone', the church's Christian coffee bar and bookshop, provides a warm welcome to visitors. We are delighted that Cornerstone has been able re-open its doors each Monday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday, from 10am – 3:30pm.
There are also regular activities for Children and Young People, as well as opportunities for Christian Development; for building Fellowship, and for supporting Community facing projects.
Methodists have been worshipping on the Saltergate site since 1795. The present building dates from 1870 and is Grade II Listed, with the largest 'coffered ceiling' in the country.
A major redevelopment in the 1980s incorporated the most elegant of the historical features and provides an impressive space for worship. Nominal capacity in the sanctuary following redevelopment was 450. The redevelopment programme included a large hall, kitchen, and several meeting rooms. By then, the Church had recognised the importance of reaching into the community, and a coffee bar and Christian bookshop ('Cornerstone') were incorporated.
Over thirty years later, a significant improvement programme has just been completed, including provision of a new lift to allow full disabled access to the Sanctuary, installation of new sound and video equipment, refurbishment of Cornerstone and development of a new meeting room.