Orford Methodist Chapel
Orford Methodist Church is a more recent building than St. Bartholomew’s but has a significant presence in the village. It attracts a large congregation and regularly offers less ecumenical services with teas and art shows.
Orford's Methodist church is tucked away in a side road, an imposing sight with the ruined tower of the castle rising behind it. It is a perfectly Edwardian building, the foundation stone laid on the 29th October 1901. The style is very much that of Anglican and Methodist churches of the period, a large perpendicular window above an entrance portico, the red brick banded with white. The pinnacles create a deliciously independent faux-classical effect. Two corbel heads either side of the window grin and scowl in turn. All in all, this is a fun building.
It replaced an earlier Primitive Methodist building of 1837. At the time of the 1851 census of religious worship, Orford Methodist Society had a membership of 18, and was served by William Dolman, the Minister at Kelsale, who had a fair journey each Sunday. The old building held just 150 people, so was probably much smaller than its 20th Century replacement. It seems to have been nearly full every Sunday.
Simon Knott, December 2009
Minister: Stephen Caley
Telephone: 01394 450676
Suffolk IP12 2NQ
10.30pm & 6.30pm (4.30pm in Winter)
All age worship at 10.30pm, quieter evening service at 6.30pm
Prayer & Praise Fellowship - Tuesdays (fortnightly) "Something Different" - Thursdays (fortnightly) Wednesday Luncheon Monthly Coffee Mornings
SHROVE TUESDAY 12th FEBRUARY - COFFEE MORNING from 10.30am followed by LUNCH TIME PANCAKES.
LENT DISCUSSION GROUP commences on TUESDAY 19th FEB. At 10.00am until 11.00am and continuing each TUESDAY in Lent - This year’s theme: ‘LIVING SIMPLY’
CHAPEL TEA ROOM open every Monday 11.00am - 2.00pm throughout the winter. This very popular oasis of calm and refreshment is enjoyed by many - MORNING COFFEE and LUNCH is always available at a very reasonable charge! Also available, Preserves, Fairtrade Good, Books, Cards, Art and much more!
Every Wednesday LUNCH is served at 12.45pm – there is always room for you!
3rd February 10.30am Service arranged locally
10th February 10.30am Stephen Caley
17th February 10.30am Brian Loader
4.00pm Informal TEA TABLE SERVICE
24th February 10.30am Rev Martin Dawes - Holy Communion
3rd March 10.30am Richard Brooks