The Chapel in the Fields

Introduction to the Chapel in the Fields

Imagine there was a place called The Chapel in the Fields, a place of creativity, spirituality, hospitality, worship and a resource to the wider church.

Close to urban south Manchester, Sinderland Green Methodist Chapel is a small church in the countryside which has recently undergone significant refurbishment. The result is 'space' that embraces the heritage of the building and brings out the best of the Chapel, its beauty and simplicity. In addition, the countryside surrounding the Chapel offers a real sense of peace.

The Chapel in the Fields offers a safe space to church and non-church people alike and will be a base from which work is taken into schools, churches and the wider community. Godly Play will have a central place and the chapel will offer a Godly Play space to people in the North West and in particular the Manchester & Stockport, Liverpool and Bolton & Rochdale Districts, which do not have a purpose built Godly Play centre at present. The chapel will be ideal for training and for those wanting a first meaningful experience of what Godly Play is. Other forms of story telling and creativity will also be nurtured and developed, in particular through woodwork in a purpose built workshop. The rural location of the refurbished chapel makes it a perfect location for reflection and a non-threatening environment for people not comfortable with normal church premises.

The project is sponsored by the Manchester and Stockport Methodist District, and has the support of the North West districts through the regional chairs’ covenant relationship and of the North West Learning Network. The Chapel in the Fields is based in the Sale Methodist Circuit and the project is a partnership with the Circuit and with the present congregation of the chapel. Outside the church, networks are being built with schools, starting with the Greater Manchester schools RE hub.
We have the capacity through the chapel as a resource and a base to reach very large numbers of people and we intend to monitor carefully not just the numbers of people we touch but the effect we have on their spiritual lives. We believe that we can create a model for use of rural chapels and of practice in using creativity to support spiritual formation which could be replicated elsewhere in the country.

Capturing a Psalm 8 Moment

Psalm 8

Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?
You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honour.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet:
all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.
Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

paslm 8 photo

We would also like to receive your images to put on display in the Chapel and via our Facebook page. Please send them to us via email to kevin@tcitf.org.uk

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