Bunbury Trinity Methodist Church is one of the smallest in the circuit.
There are only a dozen regular members, with most living in the village. We do have regular visitors though especially when we have a special service.
The first Chapel was erected in 1806 on the site of, and behind, the present day Nook Cottage and Bryn Bank. It is recorded that the Rev. J.S. Stamp on Sunday 25th October 1835 preached Anniversary Sermons and “Collections were made in aid of the Trust Fund to Liquidate the Debt of the Chapel”. There are records which show that the “old” Wesleyan Chapel was bought by a Mr. Parton in 1873.
The new Trinity Methodist Church in Bunbury Lane was built in 1868 and opened in 1869 at a cost of about £1,000. Local farmers carted the bricks with teams of horses, and the builder was Mr. G. Livesley of Bulkeley. Mr. Livesey was recalled to examine the roof sagging; tie bars were quickly installed and buttresses erected outside to prevent further damage. There are records that the Wesleyan Chapel had a new floor in 1885.
Again in 1987 structural problems dogged the Trinity Chapel, for much of the main building was demolished and an unfortunate consequence was the loss of a fine pipe organ.
Fortunately the adjoining schoolroom was not affected and, with some structural work, has been refurbished as a Church.
The re-born “Trinity Methodist Church” was opened for worship on the 12th November 1988. Several marble and brass Memorials, including a War Memorial removed from the 1868 Chapel, are now in store.
Today we have a regular service at 10.45am each Sunday. We are joined with Tiverton for our services, so on the first Sunday of the month our Services are held there instead of Bunbury. In addition on the fifth Sunday of the month we meet with the Anglican Congregation when we attend St. Boniface Church at 10.30am.
During the year we will also celebrate Harvest Festival and hold a Carol Service. And the Fellowship meets every fourth Tuesday at 2.30pm when we have a guest speaker during the service and share tea and cake.
30 DECEMBER – BUNBURY METHODIST CHAPEL – AT ST BONIFACE
6 JANUARY – TIVERTON METHODIST CHAPEL 10.45
13 JANUARY – BUNBURY METHODIST CHAPEL 10.45
20 JANUARY – BUNBURY METHODIST CHAPEL 10.45
27 JANUARY – BUNBURY METHODIST CHAPEL 10.45
3 FEBRUARY – TIVERTON METHODIST CHAPEL 10.45 HOLY COMMUNION
10 FEBRUARY – BUNBURY METHODIST CHAPEL 10.45
17 FEBRUARY – BUNBURY METHODIST CHAPEL 10.45
24 FEBRUARY – BUNBURY METHODIST CHAPEL 10.45
Tiverton Methodist Church,
Huxley Lane, Tiverton,
Trinity Methodist Church,
Hurst Close, Bunbury