Located on the main road (B5375) through Appley Bridge, an expanding commuter village on the outskirts of Wigan, the church was built in 1859. It was extended a number of times over the next 50 years. In 1971 a sports hall and other facilities were added when it merged with a neighbouring church and adopted the present name.

Whilst still retaining its traditional old village atmosphere, a variety of worship styles are offered. Sunday Worship is at 10.00 a.m. and varies from week to week. The first (and Fifth) Sundays each month feature a traditional style worship. The second Sunday normally includes the celebration of Holy Communion and may also include Baptisms. On the third Sunday the emphasis is on Praise and Prayer - the format varying each month. On the fourth Sunday the uniformed organisations are on Parade for All-Age-Worship. On the first Wednesday each month there is a quieter, meditative, service at 7.30 p.m.

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Church in pictures

 See the history of the Church building in pictures, from 1859 to the present.

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Church History

2009 was the 150th anniversary of The Vale Methodist Church.

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Our minister is the Rev. Rachel Deigh, 01942 248644.

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Vale Methodist Church,
Skull House Lane,
Appley Bridge,
Wigan WN6 9DJ

External Organisations

SK School of Dance

Established in 1974 as the Susan Kielb School of Dance, SK Dance Studio offers dancing classes in ballet, tap, modern, national and street-dance styles to adults and children of all ages.  Meets in the Church Hall various days of the week.  For more information go to www.skdancestudio.co.uk.


Tai Chi

A local Tai Chi instructor holds a class on Fridays at 7pm (plus Saturday at 9am until April).  For more information ring 07950480891 or go to www.bushinkai.org.uk



Children of God Sunday Club (COGS)

COGS is the Vales sunday school for children ages 3-14 and meets during most Sunday services.  They don't meet during a parade service, which is the 4th Sunday in a month.  The children start in the main service and move to the church hall after about 15 minutes.  COGS meetings start with a prayer and a game before the children break up into age groups and learn something about the bible.  Any child attending the Sunday service can attend if they want to.   For more information please ring 01257 255277.

Boys Brigade

For boys aged 5-11 meeting Thursday nights Anchors 6.30-7.30pm, Juniors 7.40-8.40pm.  Various outdoor weekend excursions.  For more information please ring 01257 252316.

Girls Brigade

For girls aged 5-18 meeting Monday nights 6:15-7:30pm.  Various outdoor weekend excursions including Duke of Edinburgh award.  For more information please ring 01257 255675.

Craft class

Various craft activities in a social setting, meets at 2pm Tuesdays, September-April.  For more information please ring 01257 254054.

Bowling club

Bowling  at AMF Wigan, usually the last Wednesday on the month.

JAM Youth Group

Run jointly with All Saints Church, a youth group for 10-13 years. Good food, great games and a chance to explore faith,  alternate Wednesdays 6.30-8pm.  For more information please ring 01257 253881.

Hall Hire

The Vale has a main hall (13*7m) and sports hall (12*5m), with kitchen and toilets.  This is available for hire for activities compatible with the Church (e.g. no alcohol).  For more information and bookings please contact 01257 253415.