A Warm Welcome Awaits

Pett Methodist Chapel has been serving the local community for over 175 years. The earliest part of the building was erected in 1848 by the Bible Christians, a group originating in deepest Devon, who brought their particular brand of Christianity to this area and beyond. The Bible Christians became part of the mainstream Methodist Church in 1907.

That original chapel now serves as the church hall, whilst the worship area is located in the “new extension”, added in 1956. The interior has been modified and updated over the years, and now provides a cosy and welcoming atmosphere, where comfy seating and modern audio-visual equipment sit comfortably alongside the more traditional elements, such as the pulpit, font and communion table. A beautiful stained-glass cross (actually a recent addition) floods the sanctuary with light and colour.

While worship remains very much our principal raison d’être, we share many links to the wider community. The mobile Post Office operates from the church hall most Mondays and Thursdays, between 12.30pm and 3.30pm. The chapel is also the base for the Archive Resource Centre, a voluntary group dedicated to preserving our written and oral local history.

Groups meeting regularly at the chapel include the Village Voices (a community choir which welcomes members of all faiths or none) and the Seaside sewing group, who do pretty much what their title suggests. We also have a drop-off point for the Rye Foodbank.

Much more information, including details of service times plus dates of other events and activities, can be found on our website at https://www.pettchapel.org.uk/

Illustrated History of Pett Methodist Church

An illustrated history of the chapel, originally compiled for our 150th anniversary in 1998, has recently been updated to mark our 175th. It is packed with pictures and provides fascinating information about how the chapel came to be built, and how it has adapted over the years to meet the changing needs of the local community. A copy can be read here.