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Bishop Street talk - Christmas 2017

The ‘Who’s Who’ display about characters in the Town Hall Square Narnia Christmas scene is also available online, so people with the right technology can read about them while looking at the scene.  With the council display on this CS Lewis classic novel right on our doorstep, the visual guide to the various characters on view is a good way for us to link up with that. You can have a look at them in The Chapel, along with a display on Narnia and Christianity, or have a look online at

There are also 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.)

CHRISTMAS EVENTS: With the Town Hall Square Christmas illuminations now up, it is a good moment to good moment to visit the decorations, perhaps call in and look at our Narnia display, or come along to some of our Christmas events:-

·   Sunday December 10th: Inspiration Evening: 6.00-7.30.

·   Thursday14th (tbc): Talk in the Chapel, 6.15pm - Richard Gill & Neil Crutchley:
              The Ultimate Christmas Hymn ...?

·   Sunday 17th: Nativity Play and Carol Service, followed by Christmas Lunch in the Church.

·   Monday 18th: Sing Christmas. Carols in the Square – 7.00pm

·   Thursday 21st: Lunchtime organ recital and carol singing: Carols and Music for Christmas: 1.00-1.45.

·   Sunday 24th Christmas Eve Service, 10.45am.

·   Monday 25th Christmas Day service, 10.00am.




Simon Headley concert Sept 2017


Sunday 1st Oct, 6.00-7.30pm: Inspiration Evening
Bring voice or instrument! Stay for food if you can

Inspiration Evening 1 Oct 2017
Talks November 2017


Talks May to July 2017

Talks list, Spring 2017c






Coro Spring 2017


Free the Seeds Poster webEXHIBITION: Free the Seeds – a ‘Global Justice Now’ exhibition about farmers in India and Bangladesh and how the power of corporate seed companies impacts on ordinary people.

Now also available online at




Poetry Event 1 Dec 2016 Flyer for Web


Talk Christmas Music 2016

TALK IN THE CHAPEL: Aspects of Christmas Music. Neil Crutchley, sometime music correspondent for the Leicester Mercury, will share a further selection of Christmas pieces on Thursday 15th December 2016, 6.15-7.15pm at Bishop Street Methodist Church, Town Hall Square, Leicester. Admission free, with a retiring collection in aid of our Church organ restoration.


Leaves Grass Alan CaineLEAVES / GRASS
Paintings and drawings by Alan Caine

3rd - 29th November  2016






Photographic exhibition: What Church means to me.

At the service on 14th August, when we completed our Bicentenary year, members of the congregation were invited to be photographed holding a board sharing their thoughts on “what church means to me”. The results are now on show in the Chapel Café, and a selection of the pictures can be viewed at the Art at the Chapel website.

What Church Means to Me web




ART AT THE CHAPEL: ‘Chinese Scrolls’: an exhibition of Chinese painting and calligraphy, is on display from 17th to 30th August at Bishop Street Methodist Church. Many of these beautiful hand-painted scrolls have Christian texts, and the exhibition is in collaboration with the Friends of the Church in China. The exhibition is free, and open during Chapel Café times: 10.00-4.00 on weekdays, 11.00-3.00 on Saturdays.If you know anyone else who might find this of interest, please pass on the details.

Chinese Scrolls exhibitiont


Tom Cross Poster webTOM CROSS Photography Exhibition: We are pleased to have this exciting exhibition of the photographs of Rev. Tom Cross, until 19th July, organised by Art at the Chapel. Please find an opportunity to look at the photos, of which there are framed, mounted and unmounted original photographic prints for sale. Tom developed, printed and exhibited his photos during 40 or more years as a member of the ‘Pen and Camera Club of Methodism’.












BS200 text blue, bigger dateThe foundation stone of our Chapel was laid in September 1815, with the first service held on August 16th the following year. From September 2015 to August 2016 we  celebrated our Bicentenary Year.








Talk William Gardiner June 2016



Nigel Ogden poster Feb 2016 v2

Christian Aid pentecost 2016

ORGAN CONCERT at Bishop Street Methodist Church
10A Bishop Street, Town Hall Square, Leicester, LE1 6AF
Nigel Ogden of Radio Two’s ‘The Organist Entertains’
Saturday 21st May 2016, 3.00pm (Doors open 2.15pm)
Tickets £10 payable on the door,  includes light refreshments
Under 18s Free
Proceeds towards our Organ Restoration Fund

For motre details on the concert and our Church Organ, visit


Pentecost 2016: Christian Aid event
on Saturday 14TH May 2016.
Christian Aid supporters from around the city abd county will be converging on Town Hall square from 1.30 to welcome the new Bishop of Leicester, and at 2.15 there will be a Christian Aid event in Bishop Street Methodist Church. Main speaker, sue richardson of christian Aid. Music from Gloria Pryce (Beauty and the Bass) and Mike Sole. Video installations by Nathan Obokoh.


notices page May 2016



BS200 text blue, bigger date


(Version 4: March 2016)



Sunday Services

16th August 2015, 10.45am: 199th Birthday Service. Preacher Revd David Vale

20th September 2015, 5pm to 7.30pm Warm-hearted Churches: a Celebration of Wesleyan heritage.

27th Sept, 10.45am Harvest Celebration, with gathering of ‘50:50’ Talents Challenge.

4th October, 6.30pm, Rugby Songs of Praise Service

1st November Chapel Anniversary, Preacher, Rev. Philip Beuzeval

Sunday 29th November, Advent Sunday and launch of Advent Jesse Tree

Sunday 16th March, 10.45am Passion Sunday, former minister, Rev. Keith Hackett

April 2016, Preaching Series on the theme of Mission and World Methodist Weekend

Sunday 17th April, 10.45am: former minister Revd Gary Hall

Sunday 8th May, 10.45am, former minister, Rev. Andrew Lunn

Sunday 15th May 2016, 6.30pm, Whitsun Celebration Circuit Service, preceded by Grand Reunion Tea

Sunday 14th August 2016, 10.45am Celebration Service of 200 years of Worship at Bishop Street




Thursday 24th September 2015, visit by Vice President, Dr Jill Barber.

Thur 12th Nov: Talk in the Chapel – Jane Austen, Methodism and God. 6.15-7.15pm

November 16th - 20th, 12.45-1.15pm Lunchtime Discussions with Members of Different Faiths, organised through Christians Aware.

Thursday 28th November, 6.15pm Talk in the Chapel: Christmas Words – Howard Smith

Thursday 3rd December, 6.15pm Talk in the Chapel: Christmas music – Neil Crutchley

Thursday 28th January 2016, 6.15-7.15: Talk in the Chapel: Haloes and Rainbows, a talk by Dr Gillian Butcher, researcher in space science in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester.

Thursday 2nd February, 6.15-7.15: Art at the Chapel Creative Service, drawing on the inspiration of the Exhibition, ‘Weaving Women’s Wisdom’, on display in the Church

Thursday 19th May, 6.15-7.15: Art at the Chapel Creative Service, drawing on the exhibition for Christian Aid Week.




Saturday 28th November 2015, 7.00pm: Beaufort Entertainers of Desford, ‘In Praise if Christmas’, a Concert in aid of the Organ Fund.

Saturday 12th December 2015, 7.30pm: The Old Dalby Singers – Christmas Concert in aid of Age UK.

Saturday 13th Feb 2016, 3.15pm Elgar Society afternoon Concert

Saturday 12th March 2016, 3.00pm Women Composers. A Piano Concert by Gillian Butcher.

Saturday 30th April 2016 6.30pm concert by Kainé Gospel Choir, including scratch ‘Bishop Street Choir’.

Saturday 21st May 2016, Nigel Ogden, Organ Concert, 3.00pm



Heritage and Social Events

Saturday 12th September 2015, Bike and Stride and Heritage Open Day

Sunday 20th September 2015: Richard Gill guided walk – John Wesley’s Leicester.

Friday December 4th: 6.15pm Church Christmas Evening Meal.

Wednesday 20th April 2016 Interfaith Pilgrimage to places of Worship in Leicester City Centre organised with Christians Aware, 10.00-4.00

Saturday May 14th: Morning Christian Aid Pentecost gathering - details to follow

Saturday May 28th: Heritage Fair, hosted by the Leicester Civic Society.

Saturday 25th June: Church Seaside Outing




Coro Concert 9th April


Talk Great War 7 April 2016

Good Friday 2016


piano recital 2016

weaving exhib left

Exhibition: For the whole of January 2016 we have the travelling exhibition, ‘Women’s Weaving Wisdom’. This was a project that drew together diverse groups of women in many parts of Britain, including Leicester, to produce a series of ‘Carpets of Wisdom’, and in the process learn from each other about the wisdom of their home communities, lives and faiths. In the light of current rises in religious tensions across the world-the Weaving Women's Wisdom project is a tangible demonstration that women off all faith can work creatively for peace. And produce something beautiful!

The exhibition will be open during cafe opening times, until Tuesday Feb 2nd. For more information about the weaving project, visit the Touchstone Bradford website.

weaving exhib right

Gillian Butcher Talk 2016 poster


Advent Exhibition: The Tree of Jesse — The Lineage of God’s Grace.
Who was Jesse?  What is his significance to the Old and New Testaments in the Bible? How have Christians used the image of the Tree of Jesse in Art and in Liturgy? Find the answers to all these questions at our new exhibition in the Church, during Advent 2015. And if you can’t make it into the Church, re-visit here in a few days time, and the information will all be made into an online exhibition as well.

Tree of Jesse Exhibition 2015


Beaufort Entertainers, Nov 28 2015 landscape

Christmas Words 2015

Christmas Music 2015

Old Daly Singers, Dec 12 2015 pic


EXHIBITION: BS200: An exhibition to mark our Bicentenary, with panels on how baptism, communion, weddings, burials, and ordination have been marked over that time. Also, a section looks at the world-wide spread of Methodism through the eyes of people now based at Bishop Street with memories of Zimbabwe, Malaysia, Ghana and The Caribbean.
This exhibition will be returning and evolving during our Bicentenary year.



SAVING A CENTURY: May 27th to June 24th 2015-

Saving a Century - Vic Soc exhibition


This exhibition of photographs and case studies from around Britain showed examples of the best Victorian and Edwardian buildings and structures that the Society has campaigned to save, and some that have been lost. It demonstrates the Society’s success in changing public attitudes towards the architecture of the nineteenth century, and its continued relevance for the twenty-first.




Richards Leicester: Online ExhibitionHow Leicester saw Richard III and how we see the Leicester he knew. We put on an Exhibition and three Talks in the Chapel, to mark the re-interment of Richard III.

The Exhibition, Saturday March 21st to 28th, Richard III’s Leicester: photographs of late-medieval Leicester locations accompanied by ‘John Wesley’s Leicester’. Now also available online.


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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