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Southfield Methodist Church, Paignton

Paignton (Southfield) Methodist Church is situated on Cecil Road, Paignton

Our Minister Revd John Haley also has responsibility for the other two Paignton Methodist Churches - Goodrington and Palace Avenue.

About our Church

Southfield Chapel is the oldest non-conformist place of worship in Paignton.

It's origin lies with a small group of Congregationalists who began meeting in 1816 under the leadership of the Revd T W Windeatt who was minister of a flourishing Congregational Church in Totnes,

These first worshippers faced considerable opposition and, for a while, met secretly in the kitchen of a private house. A Mr Richard Hunt gave the plot of land on which the Chapel stands,

The foundation stones were laid on 24 February 1818. On Thursday, 05 November in the same year, the completed Chapel was dedicated for 'the worship of Almighty God the preaching of the gospel.' The following Saturday, 07 November, nineteen men and women gathered for a solemn dedication service, and were constituted an Independent Congregational Chapel.

A month after the inauguration of the new church, the Revd John Sewell was invited to become the first minister. He was ordained in 1821, by which time there were 37 members and 100 scholars in the Sunday School.

On 31 December 1831, land adjacent to the chapel was purchased for a School House and Burial Ground, and a Burial Plan dated 1837 records provision for 24 graves in the forecourt of the chapel, and a strip of land at the rear reserved for burial, as well as a small number of interments under the actual Chapel and Schoolroom.

Eventually the Congregationalists decided to build a much larger chapel on a site in Dartmouth Road, and on 18 January 1884 the property was conveyed to the Bible Christian Trustees for the sum of £350.

In 1907 the Bible Christian Connexion joined with the Methodist New Connexion and the United Methodist Free Churches to form the United Methodist Church.

In November 1975, the history and character of the property was recognised when the Chapel and Chapel House were 'Listed' as buildings of special architectural interest.

Eight years later a considerable amount of money was raised to renovate the structure of the Chapel, and a replacement organ was purchased from Twelveheads Methodist Church near Truro. The Official Re-opening of the Renovated Premises and Dedication of the New Organ took place on 05 February 1983.

There are several memorial plaques in the Chapel, and it is interesting to note that the grand-daughter of two of the stalwarts remembered is a member today.

Southfield now has a membership of around 40, and is noted for its hearty singing led by a small but excellent choir, and for the welcome offered to visitors and holidaymakers.

Click here to read more of the history of our church.

We would welcome enquiries from coach parties to provide afternoon teas - please contact +44 (0)1803-557432

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Southfield Methodist Church

Southfield Chapel is the oldest non-conformist place of worship in Paignton.
Click here to read more about our history

We have regular Sunday Services at 10.30 and occasionally services at 18.30.


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The Prayer Circle meets once a month from 10.00 to 10.20 on Fridays prior to the Coffee Morning. 

Why not come along and join with us?

If you have someone or something you would like to be included in our prayers, please e-mail the Prayer Request link at Paignton (Palace Avenue) Methodist Church website.  Thank you.

Click here to find out more about our beautiful pipe Organ.
If interested in learning more please contact +44 (0)1803-557432

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Southfield Diary Dates


Click here to see details of our Sunday Services


Tuesday 03 October - 14.00 - Line Dancing


Tuesday 10 October - 11.00 - Service at Little Oldway

Tuesday 10 October - 14.00 - Line Dancing and Golden Oldies Social Club


Thursday 12 October - 14.00 - Church Council Meeting


Friday 13 October - 10.00 - Morning Service

Friday 13 October - 10.30 - Coffee Morning


Tuesday 17 October - 11.00 - Service at Cornerways

Tuesday 17 October - 14.00 - Line Dancing


Tuesday 24 October - 11.00 am        Service at Tudor Court

Tuesday 24 October - 14.00 - Line Dancing


Wednesday 25 October - 11.00 - Service at Burnside

Wednesday 25 October - 14.00 - Chrysanthemum Rally


Friday 27 October - 10.00 - Prayer Circle

Friday 27 October - 10.30 - Coffee Morning

Sunday 29 October - 18.30 - Christians Together in Paignton United Service at Catholic Church, Cecil Road


Happy Birthday to Mr. John Hayman who will be 99 on October 29th.





Tuesday 07 November - 14.00 - Line Dancing


Friday 10 November - 10.00 - Morning Service

Friday 10 November - 10.30 - Coffee Morning


Tuesday 14 November - 11.00 - Little Oldway 

Tuesday 14 November - 14.00 - Line Dancing

Tuesday 14 November - 15.00 - Jewellery Display and Sale


Tuesday 21 November - 11.00 - Service at Cornerways 

Tuesday 21 November - 14.00 - Line Dancing


Saturday 25 November - 10.00 - CHRISTMAS FAYRE


Tuesday 28 November - 11.00 - Service at Tudor Court 

Tuesday 28 November - 14.00 - Line Dancing


Wednesday 29 November - 11.00 - Service at Burnside Court

Wednesday 29 November - 14.00 - Bible Study


CHRISTMAS FAYRE   is on Saturday, 25 November, 10.00 to 13.00, with various stalls, coffees and lunches.  We require goods for all stalls, please e.g. cakes, groceries, gifts, and donations towards the greengrocery stall.

We would welcome enquiries from coach parties to provide afternoon teas
please contact +44 (0)1803-557432

Click here to read the history of our church.

Contact Information

  • Minister: Revd John Haley - also has responsibility  for Goodrington and Palace Avenue Methodist Churches

  • Click here to view our Preaching Plan

  • Further information about the Paignton Methodist Churches can be found at the independent Paignton Methodist Churches website.