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Sunday Worship 10.30 am
and also at 6.30pm

Location
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, friendly welcome.

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.

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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 in 1853).
1875    First organ purchased.
1889    Chapel renovation.   Preacher's vestry erected (cost £125.12.2d)
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.
1989     150 years celebration.
1990s   Installation of Stannah lift from schoolroom to church.  Restoration of graveyard and garden.
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.
 
 
 
  
 
The inherited Grade II listed building provides us with a good centre to focus our worship and belong to a warm fellowship.
 
 
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