St Bartholomew’s LEP Church, Church Lane, Quorn, LE12 8DP
This is the only Local Ecumenical Partnership in the Circuit, a status that dates back to 1975 when the Methodist and Anglican churches in Quorn first came together. The United Church is served by a full-time stipendiary Vicar, the Rev. David Bowler, who has been in post since 1988 and has no other churches. Consequently the dominant tradition is Anglican, though both Ministers and Local Preachers conduct a significant proportion of the services. There are about 160 people on the electoral roll, while average Sunday attendance is about 90.
Three services are normally held each Sunday, at 8.00am, 10.30am (the best attended) and 6.30pm. An additional communion service is held on Thursday morning, and there is a well attended Messy Church on the first Sunday of the month at 4.00pm.
The granite building itself, Romanesque in origin with additions in each successive century, is Grade 1 listed. It contains a private chantry chapel in excellent condition, and the 14th century tower contains a peel of eight bells. Its 20th century extension, housing kitchen, toilets and various other rooms, was funded through sale of Quorn’s Methodist chapel a few years after the churches unified. A recently refurbished organ attracts high quality organists for concerts, and a four-part adult choir leads singing on Sundays.
The church also owns a well used and expensively refurbished hall nearby which houses a daily nursery as well as accommodating a wide range of church and other events. There is a close relationship with the C of E primary school, named after the church, where the Vicar is a Governor.
Financially the church is stretched to meet a full Parish Share to the Diocese as well as Circuit Assessment and the costs of an expensive building, so a regular four yearly cycle of funding campaigns is required to meet commitments.
In terms of churchmanship Quorn United is recognisably both Methodist and Anglican, its members acknowledging and respecting both traditions, and engaging in the wider life of both. Governance is in the hands of a ‘United Church Council’ which serves the dual purpose of Parochial Church Council and Methodist Church Council. Its members are all Trustees of the church. Church Stewards and Church Wardens form a single body which covers all the roles demanded of those offices.
Sunday Service Pattern
– 8.00 am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
– 10.30 am
- 1st Sunday Holy Communion (Common Worship book)
- 2nd Sunday Service of the Word
- 3rd Sunday Holy Communion (Common Worship book)
- 4th Sunday ‘Fresh Start’ (Informal and lay-led)
- 5th Sunday Holy Communion (Common Worship book)
– 6.30 pm Varied pattern of services
– 4.00 pm (normally 1st Sunday) in Church Room
– Thursday 10.00 am (Book of Common Prayer)
- Monday 10.30 – 11.30 am ‘Bart’s Babes’ pre-school
- Monday 7.30 pm House Group (fortnightly)
- Tuesday 7.30 pm BellRingers
- Friday 7.45 pm Choir
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