Melksham United Church
The Melksham Methodist Church and the Melksham United Reformed Church combined some 40 years ago along with other churches in the Mid-Wilts United Area. In 2009 Mid-Wilts and West Wilts United Areas merged. See details on the Home Page. We are located in Melksham High Street in the centre of the town opposite Lloyds Bank and adjacent to the King's Arms. There is parking behind the church, accessed through an archway, 20 metres to the left of the church.
The United Church building was originally built as a Methodist church in 1872 and has an impressive frontage with giant Corinthian columns beneath a large pediment – and with Italiante decorations carved round the door. The building is Grade II listed. When the two denominations united the Methodist buildings were retained and the URC building sold, becoming the Rachel Fowler Community Centre.
A survey of the building revealed that substantial work was required to restore the roof and this was completed in July 2005, at a cost in excess of £22,000. More recently the church has completed a comprehensive refurbishment project. Although complicated by its listed building status, the plans were all approved and a robust programme of fund-raising was undertaken, substantial grants were generously donated by LANDFILL, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and several other charitable institutions.
The finished building retains a peaceful and welcoming atmosphere with an added flexibility of use and modern technology. The entire area is available for hire (see below) and a warm welcome is given to our regular charitable users and all who come to the church for Worship.
The church is also, of course, available for all your spiritual needs from weddings, christenings and funerals and for more details of these please contact the minister.
In a world of busyness and stress we seek to offer a sanctuary of peace and hope through our worship, our welcome and our offers of practical help. We are an inclusive fellowship where all are welcome and everyone is given a seat and a voice.
Revd. Heather Wilson
Tel. 01225 702232
(Pastoral Responsibility for:-Melksham , Whitely Monks Chapel
and Shared Pastoral Responsibility for Bradford-on-Avon )
Location; In Melksham High Street in the town centre, opposite Lloyds Bank and adjacent to the Kings Arms. There is car parking behind the church for up to 12 cars, accessed through an archway 20 metres left of the church.
Address; High Street, Melksham, SN12 6JU.
Sunday Services are at 10.30 am every week
Junior Church for children. 10.30-11.30 am, first and third Sundays of the month.
MELKSHAM UNITED CHURCH
Melksham United’s Bible Study Group will begin in the New Year on Wednesday the 17th of January (not the 10th as originally discussed) at 10.15 am [for coffee/tea] and 10.30 am to begin. This will be held weekly but each study stands alone so it is not compulsory to attend the previous week or the following one. In fact, if you are only able to attend one or two, we will be pleased to welcome you.
Our last study will be held on the 21st of March, leaving Holy Week free for reflection.
The Study is entitled, "Love is ... found at Easter." The sessions focus on the events leading to Holy Week and beyond. These include readings about, Jesus washing the disciple's feet at the Last Supper, Judas leaving the Upper Room, Jesus' teaching on the true vine, Jesus' sacrifice unto death and His post resurrection appearance. This Group Study is distributed by the Scottish Bible Society and is conducive to conversations around Scripture. Please come and join us and contribute to these conversations. I know you will be blessed. Heather
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Sunday 14th December at 6.0 pm. Candlelight Carol Service, and at 5.0 pm for hot drinks and mince pies. Led by Revd. Heather Wilson
Sunday 24th December at 10.30 am. "Journey to Bethlehem" - a nativity play. Led by Revd. Heather Wilson. COme and join the whole congregation involved in this act of worship
LITTLE GEMS. Parent/Child Minder and Toddlers Group every Thursday 9.45 to 11.30 (open all year round). This is for children from 0 – 5 years. We do not charge, but we do accept donations.
JUNIOR CHURCH. If your child / children are not currently attending Church activities and you would like them to find out more about what it means to be a Christian. Staff, have a variety of fun activities day-to-day Christian living designed to support their understanding and increase their knowledge of what the Bible holds.
We are sensitive to the needs of different ages and abilities.
Staff undergo appropriate safeguarding checks and training.
There is no charge for the children to attend.
The sessions last from 10.30-11.30 while the Service takes place. You are welcome to just turn up with your children or to contact Mrs Nina Austin, Leader, for more information on 01225 705866.
Do come along any Sunday. Activities at tables in Church are also provided for children during the Service and an area for toddlers to play.
SAFE GUARDING. Click HERE for the church safeguarding policy
Click on the picture on the left for more information about Melksham United and for background details of the refurbishment project now completed.
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|Minister||Revd. Heather Wilson|
|Worship Leader||Mrs. Margaret Henry,|
|Church Secretary||Mrs. Pamela Packer|
|Minute Secretary||Mr G> Jamieson|
|Church Treasurer||Mrs. Val. Asselbrough|
|Gift Aid Secretary||Mrs. Geraldine De'ath|
|Church Council||Revd. Heather Wilson (Chairman) P. Packer(Sec.) V. Asselbrough, (Treas.) D. Asselbrough, M. Packer (Property), Mrs Patsy Samm Mrs. Geraldine De'ath D & M. Henry. M & M Elliott|
|Property and Finance||Mr M Packer (Chair). Mrs M Packer (Sec) Mrs V Asselbrough (Treasurer) Mr D. Asselbrough, Mr S Harrold, Mr D. Henry. Mr G. Knapp|
|Area Meeting Reps||Mr. D Henry, Mrs. V. Asselbrough|
|Worship Committee||Revd. Heather Wilson (Chair) Mrs. M. Henry (Sec'y) Mrs. V. Harrold, Mrs. V. Llewellyn, Mrs. N. Austin, Mrs. G. De'ath. Mr F. Arscott. Mrs P Packer.|
|Junior Church Leaders||Mrs. N. Austin (Leader), Mrs M. Bennetts, Mrs Jasmine Evans. Mr Huw Evans. Mrs J. Crundell|
|Lettings||Mrs Val Asselbrough (Commercial lettings coordinator) D. Henry (Assistant)|
|Organists||Mrs. Margaret Henry. Mrs. Helene Pieczko. Digital Hymnal when required.|
|Choir||Mrs. Margaret Henry (Leader), Mrs. Valerie Harrold (Secretary)|
|Safeguarding||Revd. H Wilson, Mrs N. Austin (children and young people) Mrs N Willis (Vulnerable adults)|
|Women's Fellowship||Mrs. M Elliott (Secretary)|
|Cradle Roll Secretary||Mrs. M. Bennetts|
|World Mission Group||Vacant|
|Flowers||Mrs M White., Mrs J. Clarke|
|Christian Aid Rep.||Vacant|
|Publicity||Mrs Natalie Willis|
|Directory||Mr Derek Henry|
|Pastoral Carer's Co-ordinator and Prayer Circle||Mrs Patsy Samm|
|Action for Children||Mrs. Geraldine De'ath|
|Methodist Homes for the Aged||Mrs. Valerie Harrold|
|Communion Preparation||Mrs J.Bowery. Mrs M White|
|Communion Stewards||Messrs G. Knapp, S. Harrold, D. Mann, G. Jamieson, Mrs. Mollie Perraton. M. Packer.|
|Communion Assistants||Mr S Harrold. Mrs M Henry. Mrs P Packer. Mr D> Mann|
|Vestry Stewards||Messrs. G. Jamieson, D. Mann, D. Roderick, Mrs. P. Packer, Mrs. G. De'ath. Mr D Asselbrough|
|Welcome Stewards||Mrs J. Crundell. Mrs. G. De'ath,|
|Book Stewards||Mr. & Mrs. Harrold, Mr. & Mrs. Packer, Mrs. Llewellyn, Mrs. E. Thompson, Mrs. P. Samm, Mr. & Mrs. Elliott.|
|Notices||Mrs. G. De'ath, Mr. & Mrs D. Henry, Mr & Mrs M Packer and Mr. S. Harrold|
|Social Functions & Fundraising||Mrs M Henry (Convenor) V & D Asselbrough, G. De'ath, J & P Samm, S. Coe, M. Elliott, V. Llewellyn, P & M Packer, E. Thomson, M. Bennetts, D Henry|
|Melksham Family of Churches||Mrs V Asselbrough|
|Little Gems||Mrs J Bowery.,(Leader) Mrs V Asselbrough (Treasurer) Mrs G De'ath., Mrs M Elliott., Mrs E. Thomson|
|Friendship Group||Mr & Mrs Elliott, Ms V. Hugo (Treasurer)|
|Bible Study Fellowship||Mrs M. Perraton (Coordinator)|
|Rotas||Mrs G. De'ath|
|Mission Boxes||Mr J. Samm|
|World Church Group||Vacant|
Regular Church Meetings
Church Congregational Meetings take place twice a year and Church Council Meetings take place five times per year.
1st and 3rd Wednesday. Meet in the vestibule at 10.30 am
Mrs Molly Perraton
|Friendship Group - alternate Tuesday's 2.30 - 4.0 pm||Fellowship||
Mr & Mrs Elliott
|Every Thursday in the Lower Hall from 10.00 am||Little Gems||Mrs Joyce Bowery|
|Melksham United Church, having recently been substantially re-furbished, offers the building for hire to other organisations. Please click HERE for a poster for hiring purposes with details of accommodation and hiring costs.|
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