St Andrew’s Methodist Church
“We at St. Andrew`s, are a worshipping fellowship within the local community, united with other Christians in Churches Together in Sheringham. We are called to worship, prayer and mission as we share the good news of Jesus.”
St. Andrew`s Methodist Church meets regularly for worship, which ranges from small prayer groups, Holy Communion services, Sunday morning worship, and Café Style worship. There are also fellowship groups which regularly meet on weekdays offering a warm welcome to all.
Worship on Sundays is at 10.30am. and Café Worship is normally the 2nd Sunday of month at 4.30 p.m.
Fellowship and friendship across the town community and the church community is very important to St. Andrew`s. There are many church activities, social groups, sports clubs and the Do drop-in Community Café, who meet regularly at the church. St. Andrew`s is very much part of the community and regularly runs events which appeal to locals, visitors and other churches. The July Flower Festival has gained a national reputation for spectacular floral displays and attracts people from far and wide, many booking their holidays to be here especially for it. September sees the church joining with the whole town for the 40`s Weekend and celebrating Harvest Festival.
There is always a warm friendly welcome for everyone.
History of St. Andrew’s….
Until 1966 Sheringham had two Methodist Chapels, these were situated in Station Road, (at the junction with New Road) and on Beeston Road. They were known locally, because of their sites within the town as `top` and `bottom` chapel.
In 1962 a decision was taken by the two societies to amalgamate and build a new Church.
So fund raising started for the new Church. This was done in lots of ways, and with many special events. The Sunday School children took part by helping to sell `Building Bricks`, these were books of paper bricks which were sold at 5/- (25p) each, to friends, family and anyone they could think of! Another fund raising idea was the tablecloth of signatures (this can be seen on the wall in the church). Grants were also obtained from various sources. A plot of land was bought along Cromer Road for £2,250 and in 1967 building started.
Dedication of the site and work materials took place on 28th May 1967 The foundation stone, which can be seen on the right of the main doors, was laid on 16th September 1967 by Alderman W. H. Hunter-Rowe JP. of Wisbech. The final cost of building the Church was £38,000.
On Saturday 22nd. June 1968 St. Andrew`s was opened, and the building dedicated by Rev. E. Gordon Rupp M.A., D.D., D.Theol., The President of the Methodist Conference and Principal of Wesley House, Cambridge.
The Church was named St. Andrew`s, after one of the fishermen disciples of Jesus. Andrew was brother of Peter, (and the Parish Church is Sheringham is St. Peter`s). The church has many symbols within it linking it to the sea – the pulpit is in the shape of the prow of a boat, the floor has a sea blue carpet, gold sand; there is a pebble beach wall. On the exterior of the church is a mosaic wall, in which a cross can be seen if you look hard enough, this depicts Christ is in the confused world.
We are always anxious to maintain the high standard of the facilities and since 1968 the original building has been extended to include a coffee lounge, toilet facility for the disabled, store room and a pitched roof erected over the original flat roofed halls. The side Chapel has also been developed into the Poppy Room and new audio and visual systems have been installed in the church.