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.
LUNCHTIME ORGAN MUSIC’
Thursday 24th May 2018, 1.00-1.30pm by Laurence Rogers (Organist Emeritus, Melbourne Parish Church, Derbyshire). A 30 minute free recital including some Bliss, Bach, Scarlatti and Match of the Day. The Chapel Café will be open for hot drinks and light lunches. Bishop Street Methodist Church, 10a Bishop Street, Town Hall Square, Leicester LE1 6AF [More...]
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.
Pipe Organ Restoration Now complete:-
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 involved 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.
In Spring 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, and at the end of September 2017 we held a celebration concert with Simon Headley, Musical director at Leicester Cathedral, to mark the completion of the renovation.
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 10.00-3.00
Sample menu from April 2018 shown below. (Prices and availability may vary over time). Call in and see us. The Zinthiya Trust
‘A 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.
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