The existence of a Methodist building in the village goes back to 1870 to Ridley Mill where meetings were held in a two roomed cottage. When this proved too cramped another site was acquired and funds were raised for a building at the foot of Scar Steps. This building still stands and is now two cottages.
The church continued to grow steadily and in 1890 another building fund was started. The agreed site was at the south end of Mount View Terrace and the chapel opened on August 10th 1895 at a cost of £650. A hall was added in 1907 and there has been a programme of improvement and refurbishment throughout the intervening years.
The story of the growth of the church and the best use of its buildings for a new century continues as we move forward.
Pentecost 2013 saw the grand re-opening of the church premises following the major refurbishment that has been our ‘Vision 21’ for the last couple of years. Torrential rain on the Saturday did not keep people away and it was a pleasure to welcome friends from the village and throughout the Tynedale Circuit as well as further afield. The Chairman of the Newcastle upon Tyne District, Rev Leo Osborn, led the Sunday morning service and our former minister, Rev Maureen Lloyd, the evening one. Our then minister, Rev Jane Cook, shared in both services.
However, completion of the building project is just the beginning and not the end of things. The minister and Church Council have met together on a number of occasions to look at new ideas for the church to grow spiritually, as well as to make wider use of the refurbished premises.
The members, who have worked hard themselves over the fundraising period, are enormously grateful to a wide variety of groups and individuals who have given financial support. We thank the Tynedale Circuit for supporting our vision both financially and in prayer. We acknowledge the support of the wider Methodist Church, from a range of grant-making trusts for donations and loans, and an even wider variety of individuals who have given generously and supported the range of fundraising events held over the last couple of years.