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.
Normally Central is much more than just a Sunday Church, with a wide range of activities spread over the whole of the week.
During lockdown, our Church building is closed, but the Church continues in virtual mode. Physical gatherings on Sundays, for preaching and prayer, will resume as soon as guidance
The ministers at Central are the Revd Sean Adair and Revd Mark Carrick.
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.
Being located in the town centre, outreach and service are important to the life of the church. During the week, 'Cornerstone', the church's Christian coffee bar and bookshop, provides an everyday welcome to visitors.
There are also weekday activities for Children and Young People, as well as opportunities for Christian Development; for building Fellowship, and for supporting Community facing projects.
A programme of refurbishments has recently been completed to make the building better suited to present-day needs.
The Covid-19 pandemic has curtailed many activities, and led to changes in others, but the Church as a people has continued.
Socially distanced services, which were taking place in the church hall each Sunday at 10:00 am and 11:30 am prior to the reintroduction of lockdown, will resume once permitted.
Plans are also being developed to re-open activities when possible, in compliance with Government Policy and subject to satisfactory completion of Risk Assessments.
A number of activities currently take place on Zoom, and all are welcome:
While physical gathering is restricted, efforts are made to maintain contact and provide
pastoral care in new ways:
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.
Central normally offers its congregation and community a range of additional activities and opportunities throughout the week. These activities are grouped below, and the links to more detailed information will be enabled as re-opening occurs.