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Wondering Soul coverMETHODIST MODERN ART COLLECTION Wondering Soul Exhibition -
Coming to Leicester: May 3rd to June 9th 2019
For information on the four church venues and details of activities and events that will run alongside the exhibition, visit the event website:


Friday May 3rd: ORGAN CONCERT
at the start of the Modern Art Exhibition
 2.00pm - 2.40pm: Ralph Dransfield,
organist at Garston Park Church, Liverpool
will be giving a free recital as part of the opening of the
Wondering Soul exhibition

PRINTING WITH VEGETABLES! Sat 11th May, 19.00-12.00. Come and get your 5-a-day in this family friendly vegetable printing workshop. Glenda Gibson will show you how to print with apples, celery and potatoes to make a beautiful card or picture that you can take home. FREE. To book visit



MAY 2019:   Wondering Soul

Fri 3rd May to Sunday 9th June

Bishop Street’s ‘High Profile Year’ continues with the  Methodist Modern Art Collection Wondering Soul exibition. There is an events booklet giving details of the four venues around the city centre plus dates and times for 24 related activities, workshops and talks during the exhibition. For up to date details, look online at

Tue 21st

Volunteer Breifing, 6.30pm here at Bishop Street. It is still not too late to get involved, with 3 weeks still run at all four Leicester churches. Are you able to offer a few sessions of being ‘on duty’ here or at one of the other Wondering Soul venues. If so, we need your help. Contact Beth on 07734 757805 or come along to the briefing session at 6.30 on Tuesday.

Thur 23rd

Introduction to Lino Cut Printing. Two of the artworks on display at Bishop Street are lino cut prints. A three-hour workshop at Bishop Street, with Jo Leatherland, is a chance to create you own design, which can then be printed on paper and fabric. This will include being able to print it on a cotton tote bag. Cost £20. Book via

Thur 23rd

LUNCHTIME ORGAN MUSIC: 1.00-1.30pm recital by Tim Lees, organist at St Mary’s Humberstone, and Royal Organist to the Sultan of Oman. A return visit by Tim to our lunchtime recitals, and sure to be an entertaining and uplifting musical half-hour.

Thur 23rd

TALK IN THE CHAPEL: 6.15-7.15pm: Methodism and Modern Art. Richard Gill and Miriam Stevenson on the place of British non-conformist religion for some leading avant guarde artists of the 20th century.

Sat 8th Jun

Urban Retreat: Free event, 10.00-4.00 at St Andrew’s, Jarrom Street, with Jamie Poole, who held an exhibition+workshop at Bishop Street a few years ago.

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LUNCHTIME ORGAN MUSIC: Fourth Thursdays of each month: 1.00-1.30pm at Bishop Street Methodist Church, Town Hall Square, Leicester, LE1 6AF.
TThursday May 23rd: Tim Lees, organist at St Mary’s, Humberstone.

The recitals are free, and will include a retiring collection towards the ongoing upkeep of the organ.

For details of more events around the visit of the Methodist Modern Art Collection to Leicester, see



Talk Society and Satire May 9th 2019TALK IN THE CHAPEL: Thursday May 9th 6.15-7.15pm at Bishop Street methodist Church, Town Hall Square, Leicester LE1 6AF: Society and Satire: Artists and Early Methodism. Miriam Stevenson and Richard Gill will explore the connections between the artistic culture of eighteenth-century, Regency and Victorian England and the Methodist Movement, and will feature John Russell’s scientific works and portraits, the Methodist sympathies of Gainsborough and the recently re-discovered Pre-Raphaelite, James Smeetham.


Sebastian CarringtonLunchtime Organ Recital, by Sebastian Carrington.
Thursday 25th April 2019, 1.00-1.30pm.

Sebastian is 13, and is being tutored in organ at Coventry Cathedral. Last year he attained Organ grade 8 with distinction, and has a DipABRSM in piano. He is also a highly acclaimed boy treble singer, appeared on ‘The Voice Kids UK’ in 2017, and has a CD of Arias and Art songs. More information, including a large library of Youtube items, is at The recital is free. Donations will be split between the upkeep of the organ and the development and education of a rising organist.

SUNDAY 17th March 2019
10.30 service with the President and Vice President
of the Methodist Conference

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Talk Zinthiya trust Feb 2019 to bitmap

TALK IN THE CHAPEL: Zinthiya Trust: The Story So Far. A talk by Zinthiya Ganeshpanchan on their work to alleviate poverty and abuse in Leicester and Leicestershire.
Thursday 21st February 2019, 6.15 to 7.15pm at Bishop Street Methodist Church,
10a Bishop Street, Town Hall Square, Leicester LE1 6AF. Admission free.


Recital Christmas 2018


Thursday 13th December 2018: Handel’s Messiah... Leicestershire... The World’’.
6.15-7.15pm: A talk with recorded excerpts from The Messiah, by Neil Crutchley, until recently the music critic for the Leicester Mercury, on some of the surprising local beginnings for one of the most famous classical music works in the world.

Talk Handels Messiah Dec 2018
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An exhibition of original paintings (framed and unframed) by local artist
Joyce Hulford
Friday 9th November until Friday 30th November 2018
painting details, Joyce Hulford

Joyce Hulford is now resident at
Aigburth Methodist Care Home, in Oadby
Talk Nov 2018 A4 war memorials landscape

      VENITE:  An exhibition of artworks based around some organ-pipes and other bits and pieces that were ‘left over’ during our recent organ renovation. Various local artists were challenged to re-work the items to create original artworks. The resulting exhibition, VENITE, will be on display at Bishop Street Methodist Church from October 17th to November 7th 2018.




Special exhibition for our Heritage Open Day, Saturday 8th September 2018
Pioneer Women Preachers of Early Methodism.Extraordinary women title 1

In the early years of the Methodist movement there were surprisingly wide opportunities for women to become preachers, both within their circuit of local Churches, and full time as travelling preachers. With the 2018 Heritage Open Days theme of ‘Extraordinary Women’ in mind, Bishop Street has compiled a display on some of these pioneer women preachers, both in the 18th century under the direct encouragement of John Wesley, and in the 19th century, particularly within the ‘Primitive Methodist Connexion’.  Leicestershire had two such notable preachers, one of whom, Elizabeth Evans, inspired the character of Dinah Morris in the novel, Adam Bede, and the other, Miss Buck, lived in Leicester but received invitations from across the country to hear her powerful and inspirational preaching.

The display will be on view in the Church Exhibition area until September 19th 2018.

Also on Saturday 8th September:-

  • our heritage room will be open,
  • dressing up clothes for children,
  • organ music at various times in the day
  • cafe open for hot drinks, light lunches and cakes.

Open 10.00am to 4.00pm on Saturday 8th September
Bishop Street Methodist Church, Leicester

Exhibition of Quilts from Pennsylvania

2nd September to 22nd September in the Exhibition area.

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There are  a selection of videos now available via Youtube. You can find them by searching for the Bishop Street Church youtube channel (feel free to subscribe). A series of four short talks by Richard Gill on the origins of Leicester Methodism begins with ‘A sermon at Butt Close’, at (Follow the links to find subsequent videos.)



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Talk in the Chapel: Thursday 28th June 2018, 6.15-7.15
The Sign of Jonah.
Why was Jonah so important in early Christian Art and Thought?
A talk by Miriam Stevenson and Richard Gill

From the New Testament onwards the 'Sign of Jonah' has held a central place in Christian imagination. The story of this Old Testament prophet has been celebrated as both a foreshadowing of Christ's death and resurrection and as a more personal emblem of despair and rescue. This talk explores the origins of 'the sign of Jonah' and its use from early Church writings to modern poetry. It also looks at the dramatic and surprisingly glamorous images of Jonah in early Christian Art and the association of this image with petition, particularly in the medieval presentation of the psalms. For a thousand years, the image of the prophet to Nineveh was an important symbol of the personal hope founded on the Resurrection. 


Talk Bill Myers Mark, flyer

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Talk Temperance Hall March 2018 landscape


Music at the Chapel Concert list spring 2018


Talk Gill Spatcher 2018


Talk Rob Charles 2018 A4


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Bishop Street talk - Christmas 2017


Simon Headley concert Sept 2017


For a details and photos of larger selection of Exhibitions, Concerts, and Talks held at Bishop Street over recent years, visit our Past Events page.


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