A relevant church...
From the outset, the Chapel has always sought to be relevant to the people and generation being served. In the 1950’s and ‘60’s, we were very much a fellowship for young families with hundreds of children coming through our Sunday School and other children’s activities. The ‘70’s and ‘80’s saw a flourishing youth work but in time many of these youngsters went off to university and never came back to the Midlands. By the ‘90’s the next generation of toddlers and children were a focus of our ministry.
By the early part of the new millennium, our numbers had become static and with very few young families, we sought God’s guidance for future direction. Whilst this soul-searching was going on, someone asked if we could take some of our older grandmas for afternoon trips to local garden centres and before we fully appreciated what was happening, the original 6 ladies had become 30-40 with men joining in as well. And so our 3GF group was born which led on to Coffee Morning, Holiday at Home, Walking Group and other groups and activities catering for the over-60’s. Through unexpected developments, God was leading us into our calling for this generation - to minister to an older generation often overlooked if they have money in the bank and seem comparatively fit and healthy. But often through bereavement or tragedy, they find themselves lonely and trapped in their homes. The caring friendship and fellowship found at the Chapel is often a lifeline which is truly appreciated.
Today this ministry of the Chapel to a particular generation is recognised by neighbouring churches and community groups and new people are regularly being recommended to come to the Chapel.
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