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Hamsterley Methodist Church

The Methodist Church

Usually referred to in the village as “the Chapel”, Hamsterley Methodist Church, located in the centre of the village, works in partnership with Hamsterley Churches Together. Joint services are usually held in the Methodist Chapel at 10.30am on the first and third Sundays in the month. Other services, meetings and discussions are held from time to time in the afternoon or evening and on weekdays.

Works to renovate and reconfigure the nineteenth century Methodist Church premises as a multi-purpose Churches Together Centre were undertaken in 2011. The aims of the Heart of Hamsterley Project are to sustain and grow the Christian presence in the centre of the village so as to make a vital and vibrant contribution to the community of the village and surrounding rural area.  Over half the cost of the building project was met by the Methodist Church nationally and locally, with donations also received from Durham County Council, a number of charitable trusts and from those who responded to a public appeal.

Church Services

The Millenium Yew Community Garden

The Millennium Yew Community Garden on land owned by the Methodist Church has been developed and is maintained by volunteers from the village community.

Other Methodist Churches

Hamsterley Methodist Church has links with nine other churches in the Bishop Auckland Methodist Circuit and with 19 other Circuits in the Darlington Methodist District which stretches from Weardale and Teesdale to Durham and Whitby.

As from 1 September 2014 the Bishop Auckland Methodist Circuit will merge with the Shildon Circuit.

What do Methodists believe?

You will find lots of interesting information about the Methodist Church nationally on

Members of the Methodist Church are called to
worship within the local church including regular sharing in Holy Communion, and through personal prayer.
learning and caring, through Bible study and meeting for fellowship so that they may grow in faith and support others in their discipleship.
service, by being a good neighbour in the community, challenging injustice and using their resources to support the Church in its mission in the world.
evangelism, through working out their faith in daily life and sharing Christ with others.


Minister: Rev. Keith Phipps: 01388 603142


George Richardson: 01388 764620


Mike Thorne: 01388 488164

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