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PeoplePower_fullcolour_RGBSaturday 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)

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. 

Thursday 26th September 2019, 1.00-1.30pm at Bishop Street Methodist Church, Town Hall Square. Philip Bricher, organist at Holy Trinity Northampton, will be playing for our monthly ‘fourth-Thursday’ recital. In his recital, Philip will be marking the deaths this year of two celebrated organ composers, Noel Rawsthorne and Peter Hurford,
 and will be particularly including items of a rather “Town Hall” nature.
No charge for admission, with a retiring collection towards the upkeep of the organ.
Chapel Cafe will be open.


‘THE ORGANIST ENTERTAINS’: Saturday 9th November 2019, 2.30pm at Bishop Street Methodist Church, Town Hall Square. A concert of popular and light classical music by Nigel Ogden. Admission £10 (children under 12 free), payable on the door, including light refreshments at the interval. Nigel Ogden, for many years the presenter of BBC Radio 2’s ‘The Organist Entertains’, now spends his time travelling across Britain to play recitals on theatre, Church and cathedral organs, and we look forward to this return visit to the recently restored and highly regarded Bishop Street pipe organ


Nigel Ogden Organ Concert, 9th Sept 2019

And a date for your diary: Handel’s Messiah, Saturday 14th December 2019. Come and listen, or better still, come and sing. Rehearsals 10.00am-1.00pm. Performance at 3.00pm, with Knighton Orchestra, conducted by Paul Jenkins. Details: Rev. Fran Rhys.


HUM is here ! // it’s FREE!!! Look out for dates at,
7.00-9.00pm in the Church.
Leonie Dubarry-Gurr puts it like this: “Drop in / Drop out whenever you want ~ if you don’t wanna sing just come and listen. This ain't a choir, everyone has their own voice ~ we just gonna sing with no judgement or formality together til we cry / laugh / both / make friends / break out in sweet harmony / transcend to another dimension / etc. I just wanna sing with you x Everyone is welcome x”


Coro Nostro Midsummer concert 2019Music in June 2019

Talk Methodism and Modern Art May 23rd 2019 landscape


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. 


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Good Friday Service 2018 landscape


Talk Temperance Hall March 2018 landscape


Music at the Chapel Concert list spring 2018


Talk Gill Spatcher 2018


Talk Rob Charles 2018 A4


recital Christmas 2017 landscape


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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