St. Andrew's Methodist Church, Cleethorpes

Built in Nineteenth Century: Originally Built in the 1860s ? Rebuilt in the 1970s

Mission to the Community

“Go forth therefore and make all nations my disciples; baptize people everywhere in the name of the Father, Son & Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all that I have commanded you. And be assured, I am with you always, to the end of time"

A Brief History

The Methodist Church was founded by John & Charles Wesley in the 18th Century. Both felt Gods call to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the length and breadth of England.

Discontented with the Church of England and feeling at a low point in his Ministry, John Wesley travelled to America in 1735. When the ship ran into an Atlantic storm he had the feeling his life was coming to its close. A group of Moravian Christians travelling on the ship showed no fear and John realised that they had something in their lives that he lacked. He fell into discussion with their leaders and over a few days he realised that they had a real faith in God and Jesus Christ.

Later in 1735 at a Christian fellowship meeting in Aldersgate, London he heard about how God can change the lives and hearts through faith in Him. His journal records “About a quarter to nine... I felt my heart strangely warmed I felt as though I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for salvation; and an assurance was given to me that he had taken away My sins, even MINE, and had saved me from the law of sin and death.” Charles had had a similar experience three days earlier and had written about this in the form of a hymn 'Where Shall My Wondering Soul Begin'

Primitive Methodists Came to Cleethorpes in 1824 and the first meetings were held in a house in Cambridge Street. The mall chapel was opened in June 1848 near the Council Office in Cambridge Street at a cost of £200. Within 10 years the building was too small and in 1857 land was purchased for a church on the corner of Mill Road at a cost of £900 with seating for 450. Within 20 years larger accommodation was need. Extra land was purchased and a new church and school rooms were added.

Across the road in St Peter’s Avenue stood Trinity Wesleyan Church built in 1848 and extended in 1872 when the Church stood on the edge of the road.

In the late 1860s, it was obvious that the need for two Churches within 100 yards was no longer viable and the two amalgamated on the Mill Road site under the name of St Andrew’s.

Within 10 years the fabric of the church was showing its age and with the high cost of maintenance it was necessary to consider the long term future. Complete rebuilding was accepted as being preferable to extensive renovation of the old property, with the exception of the Memorial Hall at the south end of the car park, which was maintained.

1922 - The Memorial Hall was built as a memorial to those who fell in the Great War 1914-1915 and was first used by the men of the church as a recreation hall with billiards/snooker tables. Later the hall was used by the young people particularly the Boys' Brigade.

1976 - a storm ripped off the roof over the organ and rain water flowed in, bringing forward plans to build the new Church.

The new structure would be much smaller and rooms would be multi purpose and maintenance free - sorry not possible. After much discussion the plans were agreed and work commenced.

There were many difficulties of operating a church during the building period. Church services were held in the Memorial Hall in cramped conditions. After the first demolition of the church and main hall only two rooms and the kitchen remained. At that time there was a large Sunday School, BB & GB together with a number of other large organisations operating.

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