Alison Mansfield (Right) is the Methodist Church’s new community worker for Horrabridge.
The Tavistock Methodist Circuit held a service to celebrate her appointment yesterday (Sun Nov 26), calling it “a giant step of faith”.
The Rev. Pam Stranks (Left in picture). superintendent minister of the circuit, said: “It is some years since the Methodist Church in Horrabridge was open for worship, and the local congregation joined with our Anglican friends at St John’s, but we are convinced there is important work for us to do within this community.”
Mrs Mansfield, a teacher by profession, will work out of the old Wesleyan chapel when it is ready for re-opening. Meanwhile, she is still talking with villagers and with the local minister, Philip Griffin, about how best to use the building. Contact her on 07855 794074 or at email@example.com
There is no plan to split the Sunday congregation again but the Methodists want to stress that their chapel will become a place of worship again, as well as a mission centre. However, it is losing its old pews – to be replaced by children’s play equipment.
Picture by Graham Skedgell