Methodism has deep and distinguished roots in Nailsea, beginning in 1789 when John Hall preached the first Methodist sermon on the village green. Just three years later the first chapel was opened on 5th August 1792 in what is now Chapel Barton in the Kingshill area, where it was extended, and grew through the 19th Century.
In 1914, the chapel was opened on our Silver Street site to be nearer the new village centre; the fellowship was moved from Chapel Barton and the two Methodist societies eventually united here at what we now call Chapel Precinct.
1960s - MYCON
In 1965 in response to a growing awareness of community need among young people and resourced partly by Somerset County and Central Government, we built the MYCON (Methodist Youth Club of Nailsea) a building that was not a church, but a Youth Centre.
1990s - A New Church
By the 1990s the town had grown, and our church was often bursting at the seams at Sunday worship. In early 1992, after 11 years of considering one building scheme after another to no avail, we asked a radical question: “What premises does God want us to have?” The answer involved a double challenge! In 1994 we replaced the old church with a larger, flexible, multi-purpose building with the community in mind. And we refurbished the MYCON building - now renamed the Wesley Building - to fit it for the wider range of community groups now making use of it.
The cross that stands at the front of the church is made from timber from the old church.
Present Day - Sharing Life
Twenty-five years later our church and community centre welcomes local people to community services, events and activities hosted by ourselves or by our partners on every day of the week. At the heart of this thriving hub – our ‘wider church family’ - is the commitment and prayer of our worshipping congregation. Our vision remains undimmed: to share life, abundant life, and with all.
We invite your prayers and support for the people who are responsible for running the Centre. We pray that we may serve the community not just as landlords of these buildings, but also as followers of Jesus who said: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” And “Love your neighbour as yourself.”