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SEAHOUSES METHODIST CHURCH

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Photo of the church and manse. The Methodist Church
37 Main Street
SEAHOUSES
NE68 7RF


Minister:
Revd Gill McBride.

Our Methodist Church is at the geographical, social and spiritual centre of the coastal resort and harbour village of Seahouses in Northumberland. Along with our holiday makers, it draws its congregation from a wider area including adjoining North Sunderland as well as Bamburgh, Beadnell and smaller villages dotting the farmland in between. Administratively, we function within the Lindisfarne Circuit: you can 'meet' Gill on the website.

SUNDAY SERVICES are held here on a regular basis, beginning at 10.45 am and 6.00 pm.

Some services are conducted by the Minister (resident in Berwick), but Gill also has pastoral charge of the church in Berwick. Local preachers, worship leaders and visiting preachers contribute to the spiritual wellbeing of the community. Among the regulars is Mr George Scott, local preacher from the village.

Seahouses Church was built in 1926 at a cost of £4,500, of which £3,550 was given by the shipping magnate and MP, Sir Walter Runciman. The design of the Church was based on an Italian Church, and is the only Seahouses building to get a mention in the 'Pevsner Guide to Good Buildings'. The first minister was the Rev T H Berryman who died in 1980 at nearly a hundred years of age.

Church construction was by ]ohn Tully (Builders) of Seahouses and Wooler. The roofer was Mr Harry Hanvey who travelled daily from Alnmouth to Seahouses by bike. During this time he caught the eye of a pretty Seahouses girl whom he later married. Their son, Harry, is still a member of the Church. The first person to be baptised at Seahouses Church was Mr George Dawson who is still a member.
The seating capacity of the church provides much the largest and most central venue for cultural and fund-raising activities within the village. These have included visits by Jimmy Cricket and Eurovision Song Contest Winner Dana, as well as choirs and other musicians from elsewhere in the UK and Europe. Excellent acoustics with seating on two levels provide ideal conditions, with in-house provision including the main organ, electronic piano and the built-in audio-visual system.

The central location is also convenient for tourists and shoppers to call in on exhibitions which are held from time to time, featuring the work of local artists, or in the case shown, the variety of local fishing vessels beautifully illustrated with models of different types and sizes. Boat models on display.
Some 2010 activities.
Fundraising book sale. In addition to the church facilities proper we are fortunate to have a large forecourt and entrance foyer with immediate access from the most shopping-dense centre of Main Street. A variety of community and fund-raising events take place, staffed by our faithful volunteers or visitors from other organisations.
Our other vital resource is the range of rooms tucked away behind, but connected to, the main church. Two meeting rooms, refurbished and modernised in 2011, are serviced by a storage area, kitchen and toilets. The Girls' Brigade, young people's group, Art group and our own Village Voices choir (click for details) meet here regularly.

A massive refurbishment with the installation of new facilities and equipment took place towards the end of 2013.
Click here for an illustrated account of the 2014 Rededication Service.

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