After more than 280 years, Methodism in Ticknall is now at a crossroads. After the recent sterling efforts to raise so much money for our new roof we find once more we are under threat – but money isn’t going to help this time.
New circuit council rules regarding small rural chapels now state that we have to have 12 members of each church or join up with another church, making one joint council for both churches within four quarters or the circuit meeting after the 4th quarter has the authority to close that Chapel.
We have a beautiful grade 2 listed Georgian Chapel which has a longstanding historical significance in our village. I know in the past our village has given very generous donations to our chapel but this time money cannot help us. We need a congregation each week to show that our chapel is more than just an historical landmark on the village map.
I ask the villagers of Ticknall one question . . . When did God desert you, so you cannot give up an hour on a Sunday evening to thank him for your life and blessings?
God has never deserted me, it was I who left and when I entered Ticknall chapel I knew he had welcomed me home. I would love to make our Chapel into the house of song and love it once was, maybe with a choir and the congregation singing and rejoicing in the power of the lord but this cannot happen without new people and fresh ideas.
We need your support now, more than ever. So will you help one more time by giving up an hour a week to be a part of our community?