We are a mixed Christian congregation of all ages and from four continents
We have a chapel which was built just over 200 years ago, and continues to be a place of Methodist Christian worship, but now includes a wide range of other activities and events both in the church and a range of rooms for community activities of many sorts.
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.
ONLINE exhibition: If you missed the Free the Seeds ‘Global Justice Now’ exhibition about farmers in India and Bangladesh and how the power of corporate seed companies impacts on ordinary people - it is still available online (2.1Mb) at www.bishopstreetchurch.org.uk/assets/Free_the_Seeds_online_guide.pdf
Pipe Organ Restoration
Phase Two is now complete!. The pipes are all installed, and at last the Swell pedals are working!
Phase One involved repairs and redecoration requiring scaffolding across the organ area, which was finished by mid 2016. The ‘motors’ (that control the flow of air to different stops) are back from the repair workshop, as is the mighty 97 year old electric motor that pumps the air to the bellows.
Phase two involves the casework and pipes. Cleaning and repairs to the historic casework has now been completed by Renatus. Display pipes have been repainted and reinstalled by Henry Groves Ltd who are also doing the major task of methodically working their way through the refurbishment of the many sets of pipes. Each of the hundreds of pipes has to be taken out, cleaned and repaired in the workshop, and then restored to its original position and regulated to match up the tone and volume. The console is back from the workshop, with a new electronic networking system, so that all the information from the console will now be sent via a modern network cable, instead of the vast bundles of wires from the 1930s and 1970s, or the even more complex networks of linkages and air-pipes that would once have controlled everything.
On 23rd February 2017 the last components were installed to complete the restoration - barring some settling in and final tunings. All the sets of pipes have been replaced, regulated and tuned, and the features, stops, pistons and so forth are in place. Read more about our historic church organ, and the renovation at www.bishopstreetorgan.org.uk.
We now have lots of printed material about our building and heritage so call in to see what is here.
Our Heritage Room (aka The Vestry), was officially opened by Dr Jill Barber, current Vice-President of Conference, on September 24th 2015. Come and have a look at some of our Church Heritage. (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)
OPENING TIMES: Our 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 10.30-3.00
The Chapel Cafe on Town Hall Square, in partnership with FareShare East Midlands, will host a Super Kitchen every Saturday from 12-2pm having launched on Saturday 18th July.
The Zinthiya Trust
Call in and see us.
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.
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