We will be holding our circuit Zoom coffee mornings on a monthly basis through the autumn on the first Thursday of each month. Please join friends on Zoom from around the circuit on Thursday 2 September at 10.30am.
Listen with M is returning on Zoom at 1 pm on Monday 13 September for more wonderful stories read for us by Margaret Lintern. Everyone will be most welcome at both of these Zoom events.If you have not used one of our Zoom services before but would like to join in please email the Circuit Administrator.
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In August 2019 the decision was made to close Timberscombe chapel.
Sad though it is to lose another place of worship, the Methodist cause continues in the village.
On the last Tuesday of every month (except August and December) we meet in the Old Dairy, across the main road, at 2.30pm.
At our meeting we share in fellowship and prayer and enjoy an informal conversation about a Bible passage.
Of course, we always conclude with tea and cake!
Do join us.
'The wretched poor people of the countryside in the early 19th century received little support, material or spiritual, from the Parish Church': this was the situation into which the Bible Christian preachers came in the early 1820's.
A cottage fellowship for prayer and preaching was started in the shopkeeper's cottage at Timberscombe, and in 1833 Edward Cording and his elder brother James obtained the lease of the large farm and manor of Croydon Hall, where for the next 60 years passing preachers were assured of a true Christian welcome and hospitality.
In 1835 Edward built a chapel at Timberscombe and the present building, perched on the hillside near the Parish Church, was opened on March 2yth 1836. The membership remained for many years around 20-25, and Timberscombe shared in a Revival which started in Luxborough in 1858 and spread through much of the Circuit. But 10 years later, for reasons now lost, numbers fell right away and for a short time the Chapel was closed. However, the Chapel re-opened, members returned, and in 1884 there was another great Revival. Then economic depression and depopulation took their toll: the mines and slate quarries closed, and the young people, and often whole families, moved out to seek a better life elsewhere.
In 1907 the Bible Christian Church became part of the United Methodist Church, and in 1932 this United Church joined with the Primitives and the Wesleyans to make the present Methodist Church. In 1969 the original Bible Christian Circuit (Kingsbrompton) was amalgamated with two others to form the present West Somerset Methodist Circuit. These changes have had little practical impact, on the whole, on the small village Chapels like Timberscombe; what has had much more effect, and a wholly beneficial one, is the breakdown of the old enmity between Church and Chapel. The happy co-operation between Anglican and Methodist congregations, so evident here, would have been unthinkable 100 years ago.
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