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. Cathy Arscott
Tel. 01225 702232
(Pastoral Responsibility for:-Melksham United, St. Aldhelms, Corsham, Whitely Methodist,and Monks Chapel)
Location; In Melksham High Street in the town centre, opposite loyds Bank and adjacent to the Kings Arms. There is car parking behind the church 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.
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.
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
Dates for your Diary - 2017
Other events may be arranged later, so please watch the Newsletters and Notices.
Bible Fellowship dates for Lent and Easter 2017
We are meeting every Wednesday morning at Melksham United Church during Lent to study “The Joy of the Gospel”. We begin at 10.30 am would love you to join us.
|Wednesday 8th March 10.30 am||Week 1: The Joy of the Gospe|
|Wednesday 15th March 10.30 am||Week 2: Going Forth|
|Wednesday 22nd March 10.30 am||Week 3: Saying yes and saying no|
|Wednesday 29th March 10.30 am||Week 4: Proclaiming the Gospel|
Wednesday 5th April 10.30 am
|Week 5. Making the Kingdom present in our world|
|Wednesday 12th April 10.30am||Week 6; Being filled with the spirit|
Services during Holy week
Thursday 13th April Passover meal at St Aldhelm’s 6.00 pm (Booking will be necessary - more details to follow shortly.)
Friday 14th April 1100am Walk of Witness Meeting at the Town Hall and finishing at Melksham United for hot drinks and Hot Cross buns.
Friday 14th April, 6.30 pm Good Friday reflective service at Melksham United
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. Cathy Arscott|
|Worship Leaders||Mrs. Margaret Henry, Mr Frank Arscott.|
|Church Secretary||Mrs. Pamela Packer|
|Church Treasurer||Mrs. Val. Asselbrough|
|Gift Aid Secretary||Mrs. Geraldine De'ath|
|Church Council||Revd. Cathy Arscott (Chairman) P. Packer(Sec.) V. Asselbrough, (Treas.) D. Asselbrough, M. Packer (Property), Mrs Patsy Samm F. Arscott. Mrs. Geraldine De'ath D. Henry.|
|Area Meeting Reps||Mr. D Henry, Mrs. V. Asselbrough|
|Worship Committee||Revd. Cathy Arscott (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, Mrs M. Bennetts, Mrs Sue Coe, F. Arscott, Mrs. P.Packer|
|Lettings||Mrs Val Asselbrough (Commercial lettings coordinator) D. Henry|
|Organists||Mrs. Margaret Henry. Mrs. Helene Pieczko. Digital Hymnal when required.|
|Choir||Mrs. Margaret Henry (Leader), Mrs. Valerie Harrold (Secretary)|
|Property Committee||M. Packer (Secretary) Mrs. V. Asselbrough (Church Treasurer) S. Harrold, G.Knapp D. Shufflebotham, Mrs. P. Packer, D. Henry.|
|Women's Fellowship||Mrs. M Elliott (Secretary)|
|Cradle Roll Secretary||Mrs. M. Bennetts|
|World Mission Group||Vacant|
|Flowers||Mr David Asselbrough|
|Christian Aid Rep.||Vacant|
|Publicity||Mrs Natalie Willis|
|Newsletter/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|
|Communion Stewards||Messrs G. Knapp, S. Harrold, D. Mann, G. Jamieson, Mrs. Mollie Perraton. M. Packer.|
|Vestry Stewards||Messrs. G. Jamieson, D. Mann, D. Roderick, Mrs. P. Packer, Mrs. G. De'ath.|
|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||Revd. Cathy Arscott|
Regular Church Meetings
Church Congregational Meetings take place twice a year and Church Council Meetings take place five times per year.
Alternate Monday afternoons at 2.30 pm
Mrs Margaret Elliott
1st and 3rd Wednesday. Meet in the lounge at 2.30 pm
Mrs Molly Perraton
Alternate Wednesdays at 2.30 pm. Meet in the lower hall
|Mrs Margaret Henry|
|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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