Minister: Deacon Judith Ireland
The organ in Withernsea Methodist Church was installed in 1913. It was originally hand- pumped, but was electrified in 1916. The original handle is still in place and could be used in case of a power cut, and if this happened now it could be an interesting way to exercise! Any volunteers? Fortunately we now have a ‘Clavinova’ in the main body of the church which is regularly used alongside the pipe organ.
To celebrate the centenary of the organ we had a treat in store. On Friday October 4th a recital was given by a very talented young organist, Mark Rowland. He began to play at a very young age and has conducted and played at venues throughout Europe. He was the Organ Scholar at Peterhouse, a college at the University of Cambridge in 2001. He was ordained as a Presbyter in 2011 and serves in Cardiff. Mark played a varied programme, with something for everyone. Works by Handel, Widor, Bach and Purcell were included. It was a wonderful concert and a treat for the soul. I’m sure that everyone there gave thanks to God for his incredible gift of music and for such people who bring their gifts to share with others. Thank you Mark.
Music was also the highlight on December 1st when Withernsea hosted a ‘Come and sing the Messiah’. What a wonderful start to Advent. What fun it turned out to be! ‘Everyone was welcome, no experience necessary’. The enthusiastic singers turned up in the afternoon with their copies of ‘The Messiah’ for a rehearsal, then without further ado the first half of Handel’s oratorio was performed in the evening. As most choirs rehearse for weeks if not months it was amazingly good given the short time of the rehearsal The choir was conducted by Dr Alan Spedding MBE and the organist was Paul Derrett. The soloists were Soprano: Pamela Waddington-Muse, Alto: Grace Farrell, Tenor: Ben Pieper and Bass: Kevin Ormond.
I’m sure we would all love to do it again sometime.
Sunday Services 10.30am & 6.30pm
Rainbows & Brownies Mondays Evenings (separately)
‘Yell and Natter’ for Parents and Toddlers get together on Friday Afternoons 13:00 to 15:00
Friendship Group Meets 2nd Monday of the Month in the evening
Worship Group – practices on Tuesday evenings
Lent & Advent Bible Studies are held
Various Social Events are held, see Church notices
Please contact Deacon Judith Ireland for further details.
The Roos Methodist Congregation no longer meet in the Village Memorial Institute but now join with the Anglicans on the first Sunday of each month at All Saints Parish Church.
On alternate first Sundays Methodist Worship is held at the Parish Church for all to join in. On other Sundays some of the congregation worship in other Chapels in the Circuit.