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Horden Church



The building was erected in 1910 and has stood the test of time.

One can only imagine what the building has witnessed in its time. It has seen disasters like mine collapses, the sinking of the Titanic, coal strike (1926), two world wars, modern conflicts and disasters, closure of the pits and much more. The chapel has been there for people who needed help through difficult times.

Although the building has been around for over 100 years it was first known as "The Wesleyan Hall". It became known as Horden Methodist Church through the amalgamation between "The Primitive Methodist Chapel" and "The Wesleyan Hall" in 1958.

In the early sixties Horden had a strong boys brigade, chapel Sunday School and youth group. Through the amalgamation of the two chapels, it was decided to build a hall onto the 1910 chapel. On the 25 of July 1964 the new hall was opened complete with stage, side rooms and kitchen. The Hall became a major part of the chapel acting as a hand to reach out into the community.

However in November 2001 vandals broke into the building, vandalised the chapel and set part of the hall on fire. With the damage running into thousands and general repairs needed, a decision was made to demolish the hall and convert the main chapel into a multi-purpose building with general purpose room, fitted kitchen and facilities for the disabled.

In 2005 sufficient funds had been raised for work to start. The refurbishment took four months to complete and so, on its 95th anniversary, Horden Methodist Chapel reopened its doors with a full chapel singing that rousing hymn "To God be the glory, great things he has done".

Since the refurbishment the chapel has continued to grow in faith by reaching out into the community and inviting people to learn about the teachings of Christ. The new multipurpose building allows us to be very flexible in the way we worship and also in what we can offer the community of Horden. Throughout the year the chapel plays host to various concerts and events as well as worship & ecumenical services which are usually very well supported.

In 2010 the chapel celebrated its centenary anniversary with various services and events marking the major millstone. The chapel continues to grow and reach out into the community by maintaining the following activities:


Sunday Service, Junior Church
10.30 am - 11.30 am

Women's Fellowship Mondays
2.00 pm - 3.00 pm

Tuesday Club
1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month
7.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Coffee Morning
Alternate Fridays
9.30 am - 11.30

For Funerals, baptisms and weddings contact the Rev. Susan Richardson 0191 5657372