Church chapel hits its 150th anniversary

A Leyland in Tune concert at Midge Hall Methodist Church, Longmeanygate
A Leyland in Tune concert at Midge Hall Methodist Church, Longmeanygate

A Leyland church is celebrating an historic milestone.

It is the 150th anniversary of the Midge Hall Methodist Church chapel being built on Longmeanygate in Midge Hall and church members are 
already enjoying the celebrations.

And though there will be events and activities all year, it has been decided to focus the main celebrations on this 
coming weekend, despite the true anniversary being in November.

It starts with a Messy Church on Friday night with all the other Messy Church groups in the Leyland area being invited for a ‘Messy and Loud’ night.

This will include games and activities both on the adjacent field and indoors.

On Saturday, there will be an open day for all the different groups that have used the hall in the past or are still using the hall to demonstrate what they are about.

There will be singing groups, keyboard players, St Johns Ambulance, quilters, for example. The afternoon will continue with a tea dance which will compliment the on-field activities

In the past, children were encouraged to be ‘seen but not heard’ but, the children at Midge Hall will be central to all the activities and on Saturday evening, they will have their own activities which will lead to a sleep-over.

The Commemoration Ceremony will take place at 11 am, performed by MP Seema Kennedy assisted by The Mayor and Mayoress of South Ribble

There will be an Organ Recital by Elizabeth Harrison

Sunday will see a service of thanksgiving which will be led by the church’s two ministers, Rev Phillip Gough and Deacon Ellen Monk-Winstanley.

Also invited six past ministers who will also take part in the service.

Deacon Ellen Monk-Winstanley said; “It has served Leyland and Midge Hall specifically for 150 years and there’s a great deal to look forward to in the future.

“There’s a lot going on there, from the ladies all the way down to the youngsters.

“We’ve a lot going on this week, but there’s a lot going on on a regular basis.

“It’s known for its friendliness and welcoming all kinds of folk.”

She added; “It’s a real community church with a rural feel as well, which is nice as some people like rural churches.”