Seaford, E. Sussex

The Methodist Church in Steyne Road was officially opened on 26th September l894 with services conducted by the Rev T. Martin and the Rev G.T. Dixon. Before that a small group of Methodists had been holding meetings in a local hall. A chapel followed in 1903 alongside the original structure and the church was licensed as a place of worship on September 11th, 1903. The President of the Conference, the Rev Marshall Hartley, preached at the official opening.

During World War I special services were held for the many servicemen stationed at the two large military camps in the town and a canteen was available to meet the needs of the troops.

Between 1981 and 1990 a programme of modernisation provided a spacious vestibule and a modern kitchen. The church is now in partnership with the United Reformed Church. The Methodist building is used for worship and the former URC building has been developed as a centre for ecumenical activities and for outreach.

Chyngton Methodist Church on the outskirts of Seaford was built in 1955 through the vision and encouragement of the Rev J.R. Veall. The site was bought for £250. The opening service took place on August 24th 1955 with Dr. W.E. Sangster as the preacher. After the euphoria of the early years there were some difficult times, but with the development of youth activities, especially the Boys' Brigade, the church began to thrive. The present worship centre was attached to the hall in 1988 during the ministry of the Rev David Ellis. The foundation stone was laid by Mr. R.E. Dearle, an active local preacher at that time. The church now works closely with St. Luke's Anglican church nearby, and plays a full part in 'Churches Together' in the town.

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