Celebrating and Sharing God’s Love

Minister: Rev Bob Thomas.

Safeguarding Officer: Derek Painter  -

click here for contact details.

Sunday Service Times:

9.00am (on 3rd Sunday of each month only),10.45am and 6.00pm

Click to see Quarterly Preaching Plan

Welshpool Church:
13 High Street,
SY21 7JP.


Grid Ref.
SJ 222075

For a map of where the Church is, Click here 



The present Methodist church, at the top of the High Street, was built on a plot of land purchased from Powys Estates for £470 in 1863. Thomas Hazelhurst of Runcorn, a notable Cheshire businessman and generous benefactor to Methodist Chapels and schools, laid the foundation stone, and the church was officially opened on 2nd December 1864. The cost of the chapel, with its imposing stone frontage and spire, and designed by the eminent Victorian architect George Bidlake of Wolverhampton, was £2,300. It seated 600 people, and soon Methodism became the leading denomination in the town. Although not a listed building, it is situated in what is now a Conservation Area.

Substantial alterations were made in 1970, when the gallery and pews were removed, and a false ceiling was installed to conserve heat.

The church of today, whilst not as strong in numbers as in those heady days of the late 19th century, is still an active witness to God’s love, with morning and evening worship (and Afternoon Tea services during winter months) and a range of varied church-led activities throughout the week open to all. (See "Regular Activities")'.

The premises are also well used by some 20 local groups and organisations, and the church itself is the venue for regular prestigious classical music concerts arranged by Welshpool Music Club.

In 2016, the church completed a £200,000 redevelopment scheme, updating and refurbishing its premises to better serve the needs of both church and community in the 21st century. The installation of a lift now serves a refurbished 1st floor multi-use room to accommodate 40 people for worship, meetings, conferences, exercise classes and other events, and externally, a designated parking bay and drop-off area, with ramped access into the rear of the premises, has been created. The kitchen has been extended and re-fitted with new units and appliances to comply with Environmental Health requirements for food safety, and all the toilet facilities have been upgraded. In the worship area, the pulpit has been removed, new carpet fitted and the chairs replaced, opening up the church space for multi-purpose use. Improvements and enhancements to the High Street frontage include replacement doors with glazed panels, new handrails and notice boards.

These refurbished and upgraded premises should serve both church and community users well into the foreseeable future as High Street Methodists continue to “Celebrate and Share God’s Love” with all.

Janice Rhodes    2019


Forthcoming Activities in 2019:

An Up-dated Calendar for this year - click here.

"Singing our Way Into or Out of Belief" with John Bell, hymn writer, Iona Community,  on Saturday 9th November 2pm

Winter Fair, on Saturday 30th November at 9.30am

"The Inn Crowd" by Roger Jones, sung by Jubilate, on Sunday 15th December at 6pm

Carol Service on Sunday 22nd December at 6pm 

Crib Service on Tuesday 24th December at 4pm and Midnight Communion starting at 11pm

Mid-Week Movies - This is a new initiative at Welshpool not only for our church family but especially for those in the Community who are lonely, or find it difficult to get out. Transport can be provided. Taking place on the first Wednesday of every month, at 2pm, the films are shown on the big screen in the Meeting Room, tea and biscuits are served, and there is time for a chat. Bring a friend, or come alone and make new friends. All are welcome, and there is no charge.

For further details of Welshpool Methodist Church click here.

Recent News:

Jubilate Singers

The Jubilate Singers and friends from around the area enjoy learning "A Musical in a Day" with Annie Routley and the Christian Music Ministries team, November 2018

Regular Activities:

Weekly Coffee Morning on Mondays, from 9.30am, with Bric a Brac and Secondhand Book Stall.

- 10.00am to 11.15am on Mondays.

Parents and Toddler Group
, Mondays 1pm to 2.30pm.

Bring and Share Lunch, first Sunday in the month

Bible House Fellowship Group, alternate Tuesdays, at 7.30pm

Contemplative Prayer - You are all welcome to contemplative prayer as part of your journey with God. "Listenting for God in the silence" will be a half hour of silent prayer held at Welshpool at mid-day on the first Thursday of each month led by Rev Bill Rowell.

Mid-Week Movies, first Wednesday of the month, at 2pm

Meditative Prayer Group, first Thursday of the month, at 12 noon

Bible Reading Group, second and fourth Thursdays in the month at 12 noon

Craft Group, fourth Thursday of the month at 7pm
Friday Fellowship on third Friday of the month at 2.30pm.

Gallery Discussion Group, third Friday of the month, at 7pm

Walking Group, fourth Saturday in the month

Saturday Friendship Lunches on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 11am until 2pm.

Walking with Friends (meets the 4th Saturday of every month).

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