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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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SOUTHFIELD PRAYER CIRCLE

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

April 2017

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June

 

2          Fri       10.00 am        Morning Service

2          Fri       10.30 am        Coffee Morning

           

6          Tue     2.00 pm          Line Dancing

 

8          Thu     7.30 pm          Local Preachers’ Meeting

 

13        Tue     11.00 am        Service at Little Oldway

 

13        Tue     2.00 pm          Golden Oldies Social Club - Line Dancing

                        3.15 pm          Talk about ‘Old Paignton’

 

16        Fri       10.00 am        Prayer Circle

16        Fri       10.30 am        Coffee Morning

 

20        Tue     11.00 am        Service at Cornerways

20        Tue     2.00 pm          Line Dancing

20        Tue     7.30 pm          Circuit Meeting at St. Andrew’s

 

27        Tue     11.00 am        Service at Tudor Court

27        Tue     2.00 pm          Line Dancing

 

28        Wed    11.00 am        Service at Burnside Court

28        Wed    2.00 pm          Bible Study

 

30        Fri       10.00 am        Morning Service

30        Fri       10.30 am        Coffee Morning

 

 

Happy Birthday to Mrs. Stella Dale who will be 91 on June 13th.

 

 

Tuesday 04 April - 14.00 - Line Dancing

 

Saturday 08 April - 10.00 to 13.00 - Easter Fayre with various stalls, coffees and lunches.  Items required for all stalls please, e.g. cakes, groceries, gifts and white elephant; also donations towards the greengrocery stall.

 

Tuesday 11 April - 11.00 - Service at Little Oldway

Tuesday 11 April - 14.00 - Golden Oldies Social Club

 

Friday 14 April - Christians Together in Paignton - 'Walk of Witness'

 

Tuesday 18 April - 11.00 - Service at Cornerways

Tuesday 18 April - 14.00 - Line Dancing

 

Friday 21 April - 10.00 - Prayer Circle

Friday 21 April - 10.30 - Coffee Morning

 

Tuesday 25 April - 11.00 - Service at Tudor Court

Tuesday 25 April - 14.00 - Line Dancing

 

Wednesday 26 April - 11.00 - Service at Burnside

Wednesday 26 April - 14.00 - Bible Study

 

 

May 2017

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July

 

4          Tue     2.00 pm          Line Dancing

           

11        Tue     11.00 pm        Service at Little Oldway

11        Tue     2.00 pm          Golden Oldies Social Club - Line Dancing

                        3.15 pm          Talk by Mrs. Anne Mills

 

15        Sat      10.00 am        Summer Fayre

 

18        Tue     11.00 am        Service at Cornerways

18        Tue     2.00 pm          Line Dancing

 

25        Tue     11.00 am        Service at Tudor Court

25        Tue     2.00 pm          Line Dancing

 

26        Wed    11.00 am        Service at Burnside

26        Wed    2.00 pm          Bible Study

 

28        Fri       10.00 am        Prayer Circle

28        Fri       10.30 am        Coffee Morning

 

 

SUMMER FAYRE is on Saturday 15th July, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm, with various stalls, coffees and lunches.  We require items for stalls please, especially cakes, groceries and gifts.  Also cash donations towards the greengrocery stall.

 

 

Tuesday 02 May - 14.00 - Line Dancing

 

Friday 05 May - 10.00 - Morning Service

Friday 05 May - 10.30 - Coffee Morning

 

Tuesday 09 May - 11.00 - Service at Little Oldway

Tuesday 09 May - 14.00 - Golden Oldies Social Club

 

Friday 12 May - 14.30 - Easter Offering Service

 

Tuesday 16 May - 11.00 - Service at Cornerways

Tuesday 16 May - 14.00 - Line Dancing

 

Friday 19 May - 10.00 - Prayer Circle

Friday 19 May - 10.30 - Coffee Morning

 

Tuesday 23 May - 11.00 - Service at Tudor Court

Tuesday 23 May - 14.00 - Line Dancing

 

Wednesday 24 May - 11.00 - Service at Burnside Court

Wednesday 24 May - 14.00 - Bible Study

 

Tuesday 30 May - 14.00 -

 

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY:     to Mrs. Gladys Barnes who will be 88 on May 30.

                                          to Mrs. Phyllis Land who will be 100 on May 31.


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.