Methodist Church Holding Free Open Day As ‘Gift’ To The Community

The Methodist Chapel, St Mary's

The Methodist Chapel, St Mary’s

Free games, activities and even lunch are on offer at the Methodist Chapel this Sunday, 11th January, in what Reverend Charlie Gibbs is describing as “a gift to islanders.”

Charlie says the church has decided to suspend its normal service for the day and put on the special event that’s open to everyone, whether religious or not.

He says the congregation is usually small at this time of year and this is an opportunity to do something different.

And he got the idea from a very different tradition that takes place in the quiet winter months – the regular Scalextric sessions at the airport.

Charlie says he was impressed by how Airfayre Lounge operator Nigel Young sets up his huge track in the terminal building after closing time and invites islanders to take part. Nigel even provides free food.

Charlie feels this is incredibly generous and wanted to do something that would pay people in the community like Nigel back.

Nigel will be setting up his Scalextric track in the Chapel this Sunday.

The event starts at 10am, running through to 4pm, with coffee and cake in the morning, lunch, and activities such as junk modelling, jigsaw puzzles and party games in the Methodist Hall.

Charlie says they won’t take money even if it is offered. And he’s confident there’ll be something for all ages from toddlers through to our more elderly Park House residents.

He stresses this is a non-religious event, with “no strings attached” and he’s hoping to see people who aren’t normally seen in the church.

A separate spiritual session of Celtic Iona-style worship, led by Mary Ratcliffe, is being held in the Manse, rather than the chapel and hall, from 10.30am.