Sunday worship is held at Coniston weekly at 11am. We remain careful about Covid issues, whilst gradually restoring an increasing degree of normality. We ask everyone to use the hand sanitiser on entry and to sit well spaced out in the chapel. We do not take up a collection but a plate is placed at the door for gifts to be made on arrival or departure. The wearing of face masks has become optional. When Holy Communion is celebrated we take extra care to protect all.
Coniston is a small rural village, set in the heart of the Lake District. The resident population of about 800 is greatly increased during the height of the holidays season by visitors seeking the peace and quiet of our fells and lakes, as well as the cultural attractions associated with this area.
Coniston Methodist Church is similarly small with congregations added to by our visitors who always receive a warm welcome; indeed, one couple told us that after 50 years of worshipping in Methodist churches ours was the warmest welcome they had ever received! Part of the welcome comes from our small chapel which, with its surrounding garden, is kept in immaculate condition.
The churches in Coniston all work well together through Christians Together in Coniston. Together we jointly employ a children and youth worker and hope that in the near future this will be extended to cover the whole breadth of our community. A regular Fair Trade Coffee morning has been another feature undertaken by all and this too is to be developed soon by way of caring for Coniston after Covid. For 2021, Christians Together in Coniston distributed sunflower seeds for the flowers to brighten up the village and what a difference they made to our chapel garden!
Joint services with other denominations are held several times a year, particularly at Christmas and Easter and occasions such as our united Remembrance Sunday service in November. We also do joint support for Christian Aid, raising more than £1300 in each of the last two Christian Aid Weeks (even during the pandemic), an average of more than £1.50 per head of population!
Chris Clark, Coniston's recently appointed Children's, Youth & Community Worker, is making his mark. He has launched a newsletter which you can read here.
To contact Chris, call 07594 775046, or email him
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