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Bishop Street Methodist Church

10a Bishop Street, Town Hall Square, Leicester, LE1 6AF  UK, Tel 0116 255 4111


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Bishop street frontage - July 06 watercolour

We are a mixed Christian congregation of all ages and from four continents, with a 10.45am Sunday service.

We have a chapel in Leicester city centre which was built just over 200 years ago, and continues to be a place of Methodist Christian worship on Sundays. The Church also now has an ‘everyday life’ of art, music, self-help groups, a daily café, crafts, talks and discussions, midweek prayers, Friday Christian meditation and a variety of other daytime and evening activities and events both in the church and the range of rooms for community activities.

We are in Leicester Trinity Methodist Circuit, and are part of the Churches Together in Leicester City Centre.

Our Sunday Services and Sunday School are held at 10.45am, and we also have a short mid-day service at 1.00pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, a Bible study group meets at 12.00 on Thursdays and new for 2019, at 10.15-10.30am on Fridays, a relaxing, Christian themed meditation.


The church roof is a big area ideal for a lot of panels, which will really make a difference both to our carbon impact and the cost of our daytime electricity use, if only we can pay to get them installed. If you know anyone who might be able to make a contribution to bridge the funding gap and make our activities more sustainable, please pass on the details. Cheques can be sent to the church, payable to Bishop Street Methodist Church. More details (including information on a sponsored bicycle ride) for online donations at

CURRENT TOTAL IS £14,000 towards our total of £23,000, but visit the justgiving site above to see if that has gone up! Thanks for any contribution you can make.


Saturday Sept 14th is our Heritage Open Day, and the Church will be open 10.00am to 4.00pm No booking required. We now have lots of printed material about our building and heritage so call in to see what is here. The Heritage Room will be open, and church registers made available for family historians, plus photographs, displays and historic items. Tours of the building, including the gallery will be available on request. To mark the themne of ‘PEOPLE POWER: then, now, always’ we will have displays on some memorial brasses,  and a feature exhibition on the Tolpuddle Martyrs. Also, opportunities to try on dressing up clothes for children, from periods in our 200 years of history.

Bike and Stride Day for Leicestershire Churches Trust. Our church will be open for both Heritage visitors and for those doing the sponsored bike and stride around Leicestershire Churches, from 10.00am to 4.00pm of Saturday Sept 14th 2019. (refreshments available from the Chapel Cafe until 3.00)

SPONSOR A STRIDER! Tanvi Pate will be doing a sponsored walk to visit 10 churches within the city for the bike-and-stride event, to raise money for the Leicester Historic Churches Fund and our own church funds. She will be looking for sponsors  so please contribute if you can.

TALK: The Sport Front: Wartime Britain at Play, 1939-1945.Tuesday 17th September at 7:30pm / Bishop Street Methodist Church. Part of the Urban Observatory series of talks, this will be delivered by Dr Matt Taylor who is Director of the Institute of History at De Montfort University and a member of the International Centre for Sports History and Culture. He has written widely on the history of sport and recreation in Britain and beyond, including The Association Game: A History of British Football (2008). Part of Heritage Open Days fortnight. Free to attend. 

Our Heritage Room (aka The Vestry), was officially opened by Dr Jill Barber, during her year as Vice-President of Conference, on September 24th 2015. Come and have a look at some of our Church Heritage. (Other than for the Heritage Open Day, contact us in advance if you are making a special journey, so we can ensure someone is there to open the Heritage Room). Bishop Street Heritage Room was first launched in September 2014, to provide a place for developing our Heritage displays and research.  ‘Mission Matters’, a Methodist publication, featured it in the article you can download here (pdf - 518Kb)

ONLINE EXHIBITIONS: A selection of online exhibitions can be found at ‘view_online’.

WELCOME to STUDENTS: We offer a warm welcome to students from both universities. See our Student page for details of some upcoming events.

Chapel Cafe

OPENING TIMES: The Chapel Café  is open for refreshments:
Light Lunches - Paninis, sandwiches, salads, baked potatoes and more.
Fresh coffee, fine tea, fabulous cakes, and a relaxing space to enjoy it.
Open weekdays 10.00-4.00,
and Saturdays 10.00-3.00

Sample menu from April 2018 shown below. (Prices and availability may vary over time). Call in and see us. The Zinthiya Trust

Cafe menu 1

Cafe menu 2




Listening service ear logoA Listening Ear’: a volunteer listener is on hand on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, available through the Chapel Cafe. There are two 'slots' at 11am and 11.45-12.30. If you'd like to speak to a church member who's been trained in listening skills, please see the designated person sitting in the café. (Download a pdf poster).


PRAYER: We are a church that values prayer, and there are daily prayers at 1.00pm for anyone who finds themselves in Leicester City Centre. Our members are encouraged to pray daily. For a Prayer for Today, see the prayer on the National Methodist website.

Eco-Congragation. Help to reduce your impact on the environment by reducing your carbon footprint. See our eco-congregation page for a selection of top tips for your home.

Top tips for saving energy and reducing climate change


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