Caterham Methodist Church is situated on a main road, in a residential area with several housing developments nearby. It is a multi-purpose building.
The church is small, with a mainly elderly congregation, but on most Sundays we have a small number of children worshipping with us. It was established in the early 20th Century as a base for non-Conformist soldiers at the Caterham Barracks. (Those are now closed – and converted into a residential area called “The Village”).
First to be built were the “rest rooms” for the soldiers, followed by a traditional non-Conformist chapel. The building became an ordinary Methodist Church many years ago, and underwent a significant re-casting in the 1990s. The “rest rooms” are now on a Lease to Saturn V Gymnastics club, who do important work with people with learning difficulties. The “Church” became a multi-purpose space, which is very well used throughout the week.
Our worship follows a mainly traditional style, but we have a mix of traditional and new hymns. The first part of the service is geared to the young members of our congregation, with a suitable song, and talk or activity that caters for them. From time to time we hold an all-age service.
We provide a Sunday School and the children will normally leave us for the rest of the service except when there is all-age worship.
The Programme for use of the “Church” follows. Those which are organised by the Church are marked with an asterisk
Sunday 10.00am Morning Worship *
Holy Communion – one Sunday per month. All-age worship – occasionally.
Monday to Thursday 9.15am – 1.00pm, Friday 9.15am – 12.30pm Little Gems Nursery
Monday and Wednesday 7.30pm – 9.30pm Time to dance (private tuition only)
Tuesday 7.30pm – 10.00pm Coulsdon Folk Dance group
Saturday 10.00am to 12 noon (2nd in month) Coffee morning *