Rhodes Minnis Methodist Chapel

 

The Chapel was built in 1888 as a Bible Christian Chapel. It is unknown when it became a Methodist one but services have continued to be held over the years each Sunday.  Now sadly, it only has 7 members but it does attract visitors from time to time from other churches and especially from the nearby caravan sites and the holiday complex at Sibton Park.

Two Christian groups, the Caravanners & Campers Christian Fellowship (inter-denominational) and the Baptist Caravan Fellowship have held rallies at the Fir Tree Farm caravan site.  Each time they come they swell the congregation with their numbers, which can be anything up to 30 people, and they take part by reading passages of scripture and playing the organ.  The Baptists were here on Sunday, June 17th, 2007 and it was a joyous occasion when our chief steward, Chris Tutton received a plaque from Betty Fuller, the secretary of BCF.

Plans have been passed by the local Council for the demolition of the back room and building of new toilets and a vestry.  Fund-raising has been taking place over the last 7 years and it is hoped that building may start in 2008. Lunches, garden parties, quizzes have all helped to boost the funds as well as some generous donations.

Services are held at 9.30am on Sundays but with the occasional one at 3pm (at harvest festival and Chapel Anniversary). The local Lyminge newsletter gives the details each month.

You can be assured of a very warm welcome in this lovely small countryside Chapel.

(Contacts are Chris Tutton on 01303 862281 or Daphne Andrews on 01303 862865)