Worship Latest

In this time of church closure, we are still a part of the community. There follows a letter from Revd. John Hilton and a service for those who are in need of God at this troubled time 

From Revd. John C Hilton          Tel:      01695 625528       Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      

Dear Friend,

This week Janet and I should be on the Isle of Wight, a place that we have not visited before. The shutdown has put paid to that. So, we are at home trying to do a few things around the house and garden. This recent restriction to our movements has caused us to really feel for those with no garden or those who live in high-rise flats who simply cannot get out easily just for a walk or even sit in the sunshine. We must continue to pray for our land and indeed our world in these days. In particular those who are separated from loved ones, sometimes in difficult or tragic circumstances. So, I implore you to carry on praying.

We will return to our churches eventually, but when we return, may we not forget what we have learned about our faith and the value of things, deciding what is important and what is less so. Again, as before remember that if you need to talk then don’t hesitate to contact, myself, Jim Whelan or your Pastoral Visitor.

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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. John Hilton, 01695 625528.

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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.




Children of God Sunday Club (COGS)

COGS is the Vales sunday school for children ages 3-14 and meets during some 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.

Boys Brigade

For boys aged 5-11 meeting Thursday nights 7.00-8.00pm.  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.


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 255660.