Burton Methodist Church
Methodist Minister: Rev. Ian Coates Tel. 01724 733307
Senior Church Steward: Mrs Christine Allison Tel. 01724 720844
The Methodist Church is centrally placed within the village and, besides the church itself, there is a good-sized hall available for community use with a kitchen and toilets with disabled access.
There is a coffee morning on the third Saturday each month from 10.15 am until 11.30 am which is open to all.
Coffee and Chat is on the third, fourth and, when applicable, fifth Thursday each month which beings at 2.00 pm and finishes at 3.30 pm People drop in as and when they wish. This is a very informal gathering for everyone.
The Sunday Service at the Methodist Church is weekly at 10.30 am. If there is a change we display a poster.
The Brownie pack meet in the hall on Monday evenings between 6.00 pm and 8.00 pm.
The Rainbows meet in the hall on Wednesday evenings between 5.15 pm and 6.45 pm.
The Church supports The Forge Project, a well established social action project based in a deprived area of Scunthorpe, harvest produce being donated in September and in the Spring the church organises a village collection of foodstuffs for the project.
During Lent there are Wednesday lunches where people of all faiths, or none, meet together for friendship and chat, with proceeds going to Christian Aid.
Pastoral care is available to all who are connected in any way to the Methodist Church and a team of pastoral visitors offer friendship and support, which is a well established practice.
We have close links with the Anglican church and hold a number of joint services.
If you require any further information please contact Mrs Christine Allison or Rev Ian Coates.
How Methodism first came to Burton
The early records of the arrival of John Wesley’s influence are, rather like the first influences of Christianity, sketchy to say the least.
Nevertheless, we know that there was a Methodist Society at Grimsby in 1759, twenty years after Wesley began his itinerant ministry, and that a ‘Class ‘ of that Grimsby Society was registered in Burton ten years later. The first meeting place was registered at the house of John Snowden in 1775 by the ’superintendent’ Rev Jeremiah Robertshaw. A second was approved at the house of George Lawson a year later by Rev Joseph Hooper. These were the foundation of Burton’s ‘Wesleyan’ Methodism whose first chapel was erected in 1840 just off the main street in what is now Norfolk Avenue.
‘Primitive’ Methodism (a branch that aimed to get back to Wesley’s evangelical and mission roots) arrived in Burton in 1819. In those early days the “church” was a branch of the Hull Primitive Methodist Circuit, but being only a branch it did not qualify for a minister to be stationed here. However, until 1855, at each quarterly meeting of the Hull circuit one of its 30 ministers was given pastoral care of Burton for a three month period. A chapel, known as “Burton Jubilee” was built in 1868
After Methodist Union of 1932 it was expected that congregations should merge. It is to the credit of the Burton congregations that, under the Rev Usher, they agreed to this after only nine years whereupon the Wesleyan chapel closed. The congregations have since met at ‘Jubilee’ Methodist.