A Short History of Highworth Methodist Church
People have lived here in Highworth for many, many centuries and Jesus Christ has been worshipped here since Saxon times.
However, Methodism did not arrive until the 19th century, when in 1831 a group of missionaries visited the town. By 1838 the first Methodist chapel was built, and in 1842 another chapel was built on Lechlade Road (now known as the Silver Threads hall). By 1850 the first chapel was bursting at the seams, so it was decided to knock it down and a new chapel was opened in 1856 in the Elms.
By the early 1960s, the Elms chapel was proving too small, and the two groups joined together to plan and prepare. God led the 2 worshipping communities to walk in faith and ‘go for it’ to build the present church. In 1964 the new Methodist Church was opened on our present site, which was previously the ‘Welcome Home Field’ for soldiers returning from the war. By the mid 1980s, this building was also too small for the growing congregation and so a major extension and refurbishment was undertaken, again with much prayer, consultation and sacrificial giving. The enlarged church was opened in October 1992.
In 2014, we celebrated the Silver Jubilee of the present building with a number of celebrations and events, which culminated with a presentation of the Christian musical of "Snakes & Ladders".