The history of Sark Methodist Church
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SINGING THE FAITH: A CHURCH ON THE MOVE
John Wesley wrote to Adam Clarke who was in charge of English work in Guernsey in 1787 expressing his concern for Sark:
“I observe on the map the name of another Island not very far from Alderney. Are there none that understand English in the Isle of Sark? If there are, I cannot tell whether you are not a debtor to those poor souls too”
Sark needed a French preacher. Two years later Jean de Quetteville was able to go to Sark. During this time meetings were held at Clos a Joan, Grande Dixcart and at a cottage on Duval farm on Little Sark. Some time later, Jean Vaudin made La Ville Roussel available.
A venture for the community of Sark
“To the glory of God, to benefit Sark Methodism and to be a blessing to the whole Island, I unlock the door of this building and declare it open; glad to note that this building is not only an invaluable, God given Sunday School, but also a bright hall, useful as a convenient centre to promote devotedly and effectively that social effort so needed in the present and which will perhaps be even more needed in the coming years”
(Mr H Le Feuvre; Guernsey Weekly Press; 1.5.1926)
These words were spoken by Mr Le Feuvre as he opened the schoolroom, which stood where the Sanctary Centre is today. His words are almost prophetic as he identifies the purpose of the space and the church in Sark.
As Sark Methodist Church seeks God's plan for the future of mission and ministry in this place, we pray and trust that by His grace and leading this space graciously given to us will be “a convenient centre to promote devotedly and effectively that social effort so needed in the present and which will perhaps be even more needed in the coming years”
Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established”. (NRSV)
NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD ~ GIVE HIM THE GLORY
Ebenezer Chapel was built on this site in 1796, costing £300. It was a small, plain, square Methodist Preaching House with a central pulpit and oil lamps. It contained a room known as “the Prophets Chamber” where visiting preachers could cater for themselves.
THE NEW CHAPEL ~ 1926
Loud singing coming from the Methodist Chapel on a Sunday morning disturbed the new owner of La Ville Roussel. A plot of land was given to the Methodists on condition they moved the Chapel, stone by stone, about three quarters of a mile to where it stands today.
Ebenezer Chapel was demolished in 1925 and the new Wesleyan Chapel commissioned in 1926. It cost £3500 to build and is the oldest Chapel in the circuit.
The stone laying of the new Chapel, which opened debt free, took place in April 1926. The generosity of Methodist Churches in Jersey and Guernsey was celebrated in the stone laying ceremony.
George Hamon and Betty Beaugie layed stone number 18 on behalf of the children of the circuit who raised £80 towards the building costs. The trowels are on display in the cabinet in the church.
In 1983 the board listing the names of donors towards the building fund was re-dedicated. The board was re-painted by Mr Brian Johns. Mr John Le Feuvre was the steward at the time.
Outside you can see the numbered foundation stones around the edge of the Church building. These have also been sympathetically incorporated into the new Sanctuary building.