Sunday Worship 10.30 am
and also at 6.30pm
North Street, BA7 7AT
SO…….WHO ARE WE?
We are a Christian church and part of a group of churches known as the Somerset Mendip Circuit. We aim to welcome
people of any age at whatever stage in their journey of Christian faith. We have been growing steadily in recent years but have plenty
of room for you.
Typically around seventy of us meet regularly for worship on Sunday mornings. Evening services attract anything between
ten and twenty-five people.
We have a wide representation of age groups with a strong Junior Church for the under 11’s and a thriving
youth fellowship for the 11-18s.
Our worship varies from a traditional Methodist to a more informal, contemporary style. Praise and
healing services have become a valuable part of the life of the church too.
We are committed to ensuring that you receive a warm,
WHAT GOES ON AT THE CHURCH?
The present programme is summarised below and is open to anyone.
Sunday morning worship from
10.30 to 11.30 am
Services are led by the minister or a preacher from the town and area. We hope the atmosphere is relaxed but reverent.
On the first Sunday of the month the service will include Holy Communion to which all are welcome.
We have a strong group of young
people of all ages. Those under age 11 meet in the lower hall. Those over this age meet in what is called “The Upper Room” where some
lively debate takes place.
We have multimedia presentation facilities for use in our services with a sound system and hearing loop.
Coffee is served after most services so there is a chance to get to know one another.
Sunday evening worship: These services 6.30
to 7.30 pm
The services are often adapted and presented in a more relaxed and informal way including a monthly "All Age" worship.
A SHORT HISTORY
1784 John Wesley visited Cary, the first of 5 visits.
1785 Adherents secured a preaching house with stable.
1789 Castle Cary Society of Methodists part
of Shepton Mallet circuit.
1850 Castle Cary head of separate circuit.
1905 Amalgamation with Glastonbury
circuit to form Mid-Somerset Mission.
1839 Present church opened (free of debt by 1877). Lofty Georgian
building, consisting of church and gallery, with a large schoolroom beneath. Initially variously used for teaching
of juveniles, a day school, a Temperance meeting of the foundation of the Good Templer's Lodge.
1874 High pews and
old fashioned pulpit removed and replaced by modern style pews. Central chandelier replaced by gas brackets (gas had come to Cary
1875 First organ purchased.
1889 Chapel renovation. Preacher's vestry erected
1895 Present organ erected; 28 additional seatings added.
1897 Manse, Wesley
Villa, built in Ansford Road (now an old people's home, as is previous manse The Hollies in Florida Street). £1,200 for land,
legal fees, building and furnishing.
1898 Chapel roof repaired. Interior decorated and beautified. A
new board floor was put in the schoolroom at a cost of £70.
1914 Organ removed from gallery to new organ chamber
at the back of the pulpit. New choir stalls fitted. 2 new vestries built and hot water heating apparatus installed.
New windows installed of cathedral tinted glass. Extra lavatory provided. Gas lighting brought
up to date. Rev. Luke Wiseman, ex President of Conference preached at re-opening.
1950's & 1960's Removal of
front pillared portico (unsafe). Change to electric under-pew heating in church and gas heaters in schoolroom. Major refurbishment
and decoration in church. Choir pews removed and accommodation for choir made at side front. Pulpit removed to opposite
side front, leaving larger communion and preaching area.
1970s Installation of built-in kitchen in schoolroom.
150 years celebration.
1990s Installation of Stannah lift from schoolroom to church. Restoration of graveyard
1980s Onward schoolroom increasingly used for 'outside activities'.
2000s Church completely
redeveloped with modern visual and sound equipment. Organ and all pews removed and reception area widened to promote open and
welcoming atmosphere. New toilet available at rear of the church.
2010s Kitchen in schoolroom
re-sited and modernised. An additional toilet with baby-changing facilities installed.
inherited Grade II listed building provides us with a good centre to focus our worship and belong to a warm fellowship.
SO IT’S ALL ABOUT CHURCH, IS IT?
- Well, yes. And, then again, no.
The church has long had a reputation for being a base for other
activities. Currently, the building is also used for:-
- Monthly Luncheon Club for Senior Citizens.
- 'Coffee for all' is held weekly.
- A Railway Enthusiasts Club
- Monthly quiz evenings on Sunday at 8 pm
- Bridge Club (most Thursdays at 7 pm)
- Gardening Association (first
Thursday of the month)
- Ceramics Group
- Dramatic society rehearsals
- Council meetings
- Castle Cary Choir rehearsals
- Family parties
also host events and seek to encourage the use of the premises for such activities as:-
•Concerts by choirs and individual performers
•Exhibitions of artwork
•Meetings for organisations
And this is just the beginning. If you have ideas, we’d love to hear them.
ARE OUR PRIORITIES?
We have spent time considering our priorities to try to ensure that all we do is in line with our calling from
God. We did this in the light of two related calls from God - to worship Him with all that we are and have and to help others to know
Him, worship and follow Him too.
The purpose of Castle Cary Methodist Church is
To worship God and to make His love known.
of Christ we do this by
•Providing opportunities for all to discover Christ as Lord and Saviour.
•Welcoming everyone and allowing
them to discover, develop and use their gifts and abilities, and enabling them to live as His followers in the community.
through worship, prayer, teaching and love for all that God is entirely relevant today.
•Supporting prayerfully, practically, emotionally
and financially local, national and international needs in line with the teachings of Christ.
Mondays (fortnightly as advertised) Women’s Friendly Hour from 2.30 to 3.30 pm
A group for the young at heart. Here you will find
friendship and support as well as an opportunity to share in a varied programme of talks, activities and outings.
Tuesdays - Parent
and Toddler Group from 10 am to noon.
A place to make new friends and share the joys and challenges of parenting! Over the years,
we have been able to invest in a large range of toys, rides and games for pre-school children.
It’s a good way for parents and carers
to relax and to chat while the little ones occupy themselves in a safe environment.
Wednesday - 'Coffee for all' 9.30 am - 12.00
Mondays (Day-time) Thursdays – Home Groups from 7.30 to approximately 9.00/9.30 pm
Some groups meet in the afternoons and, occasionally,
mornings. These groups meet in homes of members of the church to discuss, share, pray and encourage one another in their faith
and understanding of the Christian way of life. Our hope is that everyone will find ways in which they can grow in faith and get to
Every other Friday – Cornerstones from 7.30 pm – whenever we finish!This is a social group meeting fortnightly for fun,
games, art, films or quizzes and is followed by a light supper. Again, it provides a “taster” for new members thinking about joining