West Bergholt Methodist Church



West Bergholt Methodist
West Bergholt Methodist Church
Where are we? Service Times Who are we?
Contact us Regular Activities Forthcoming Events
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From 1st September 2019 the Methodist Churches at Mile End, Boxted and West Bergholt have amalgamated to form The Well Methodist Church. They will be worshipping together at the former Mile End church building, whilst they pursue the vision of a new church plant in the nearby Chesterwell neighbourhood centre.

There will continue to be events and activities in West Bergholt.

For more Information please see The Well Methodist Church page and the Well website.


After 139 years of Methodist Ministry in our Chapel in West Bergholt, and after much prayer and discussion among our members, a decision was made to cease Sunday worship at the end of August 2018. With an ageing congregation and numbers falling we sadly decided that it was no longer reasonable to continue regular Sunday morning services. The Colchester Circuit is marketing the site for sale .

We will continue our activities in the hall, as part of our outreach in the village, for as long as we are able.

Where are we?

West Bergholt Methodist Church, 73 Chapel Road, West Bergholt, Colchester,


Service Times

There will no longer be services in our Methodist Chapel in West Bergholt on Sunday mornings. Sunday morning services will take place at The Well Methodist Church, Mile End at 10-30am. Transport will be available, leaving the village at 10.00am. If you would like a lift please contact Judith (01206 241969) or Andrew (01206 242511).

Mid-week Worship

We have started a new venture, a mid-week worship activity on the first Wednesday of each month. This takes place at 11.00 in our Church Hall, Chapel Lane, usually led by our Minster, Rev Ken Chalmers . All are welcome to join us.


Who are we?

We are a group of Christians from different backgrounds, meeting to share in worship, learning, fellowship and service to others.

We are in a growing village (population circa 3,500), popular with commuters (nearness to North Station) but distinct from Colchester, being separated by A12. The church is situated in the centre of the village. The present church building was built in 1879 but there has been a Methodist presence in the village even longer.

The small fellowship has a significant profile within the community through a variety of well supported regular activities.


Contact us

  • Minister – Rev Ken Chalmers – 01206 545253 – revken.chalmers2@outlook.com
  • Senior Steward – Mrs Judith Fletcher – 01206 241969
  • Link Newsletter – Mr Andrew Wilks – 01206 242511 – awilks1op@btinternet.com
  • Hall Bookings – Mr David Kay – 01206 243574


Regular Activities

  • Our Fellowship Group meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday at 2.30pm in our Hall, Chapel Lane, CO6 3EF. There is an annual program of a variety of invited speakers and activities. All are welcome.
  • We hold monthly Coffee Mornings in our Hall on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 10.00 to 11.30. Coffee or tea and a biscuit 50p. There are homemade cakes, bric-a-brac and card stalls. All are welcome for a relaxing social occasion.
  • There are Coffee & Craft mornings for young families during the school holidays. These take place on Monday mornings in our Hall, Chapel Lane, CO6 3EF, from 10.30 to 12.00. Charge of £2-50 per family. Coffee and cakes for parents and children included. Six different craft activities on a theme for the morning. Closes with Bible story linked to theme.
  • There are Silver Sunday Afternoon Teas on occasional Sunday afternoons from 3.00 in our Hall, Chapel Lane, CO6 3EF, supported by the local Scout group. Aimed at elderly members of community, particularly those who are lonely and isolated. We have worked with local Churches, Care Network, Parish Council, Essex Community Agents , Colchester Borough Homes and Age UK to try and reach target audience but still feel there are more we could reach out to if we could make contact.
  • Our new Bible Study Book Club meets every third Wednesday of the month at 10:30 am in our hall. All are welcome.


Forthcoming Events

Worship at The Well – Mile End at 10:30 am (except as noted)

  • Mar. 1st Rev Ken Chalmers
  • Mar. 8th Mrs Anne Worker
  • Mar. 15th Rev Lynsey Heslegrave & Rev Ken Chalmers with communion
  • Mar. 22nd Mr Jonathan Sparkes – Mothering Sunday
  • Mar. 29th Rev Ron Smith
    (N.B. British Summer Time begins – do not forget to put your clocks forward one hour.)

If you would like to come to any of our services, or any other church activities, but would need a lift, please phone 01206 242511 or 241969.

Other Events

  • Monthly Mid-week Informal Worship
    Please join us for our monthly mid week informal worship activity in our hall on the first Wednesday of the month at 11.00am. All are welcome.
  • The World Day of Prayer
    This will take place on Friday 6th March at St Mary’s Church A Women led service this year prepared by Christian Women of Zimbabwe who call us to:- “RISE ! TAKE YOUR MAT AND WALK” Please join us for a Soup Lunch at 12.30pm, followed by a Service at 1.30pm. All are welcome to join us.
  • Lent Course
    St Mary’s are running a 3 Parishes Lent Course on Monday evenings at 7-45pm in the church hall on the following dates: 9, 16, 23 and 30 March.
    The course is based on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book for 2020, called ‘Saying Yes to Life’, which has been written by theologian and environmental and social activist Ruth Valerio. Her book takes a fresh look at the biblical story of creation and reflects on how God might be calling us to care for his creation today. It’s full of practical ideas for individuals and churches to engage with.
    All are welcome to take part in the course, which will be a mixture of listening to a talk and a time for reflection and discussion. You don’t have to come to every session, just come to what you can. We will be very pleased to see you!
  • Memory Worship
    Wednesday March 11th at 2.00pm
    The Ark, Highwoods Methodist Church, CO4 9FF
    Worship for those with and without Dementia takes
    place on the second Wednesday afternoon of each
    month. An informal service will last about 30 minutes,
    followed by refreshments and social time, craft
    activities and games, providing an opportunity of
    friendly conversation. If you would like to come along
    and need transport or just want further information
    please speak to Andrew (242511).
  • Coffee Morning
    The next Coffee Morning will be on Wednesday 11th March from 10:00am – 11:30am in the Church Hall. Gifts for Cake and General Stalls would be appreciated. Books and greetings Cards will be on sale.
  • Bible Study Book Club
    Our Bible Study Book Club meets every third Wednesday, next meeting Wednesday 18th March at 10:45am for an 11:00am start, at Sylvia & Andrew’s home, 76, Mumford Road. All are welcome
  • Fellowship
    Our next meeting will be at 2.30pm Wednesday 18th March. The speaker will be Mr Bob Finch speaking on Hong Kong. All are welcome.
  • Quiz Night
    Saturday 28th March at 7pm in the Hall. TABLES OF FOUR at £20.
    Light Refreshments will be served. You are welcome to bring your own nibbles and soft drinks (sorry no alcohol allowed). Book your table by contacting JUDITH (01206 241969)
  • Circuit Activity Day
    Saturday 4th April at The Ark, Highwoods: The Circuit Activity Day studying the Gospel of St John had to be postponed and will now take place as above. One of the unique features of John’s Gospel is the ‘I Am’ sayings; seven ways in which John shows us Jesus explaining who he is. In the afternoon session these seven sayings will be used as a series of prayer stations prepared by a nominated Church. We at The Well have been asked to prepare a station based on I Am the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25).
  • Coffee and Craft
    We will be providing fun activities for young families (children please bring a parent along) at our Coffee and Craft morning during the Easter holidays. This will take place in the West Bergholt Methodist Church Hall, Chapel Lane from 10.30 – 12.00 on Monday 6th April. Donations of cakes appreciated. For further details phone Andrew (242511). All are welcome.
  • Easter Sunday
    Sunday April 12th
  • Christian Aid week.
    May 10th – 16th

Hire the Hall

West Bergholt Church HallOur Methodist Church Hall is a separate building from the Church and is reached from Chapel Lane, CO6 3EF. The Hall is available for hire with kitchen, disabled access and toilets and parking facilities. All enquiries please to Mr David Kay 01206 243574.



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Village Website

We also have a page on the village website.



We welcome families for baptisms. Please contact our minister, the Rev. Ken Chalmers.