Mortimer West End Chapel (just called ‘The Chapel’) is an open and welcoming local Christian community of people from across the area who are committed to loving God and serving others. There are around 75 people who are part of the church family, from across the age ranges and backgrounds and from several nationalities. Our services and gatherings have a real sense of joy and love and welcome. We believe that everything we say and do is act of worship and service to God, so we try to connect our whole lives into a tapestry of discipleship. We meet in small groups called LIFE groups during the week (which are open and inviting and outward focussed) and in a congregational style gathering on Sundays, with lots of other things going on across a given month.
Our home is a grade 2* listed church building called Mortimer West End Chapel. It was built in 1798 and there has been a Christian community using the site ever since. The building is nestled in five acres of woodland and countryside and, alongside the original chapel, we also have a school room (now used as a community and meeting hall) and a wooden chalet which is divided into two meeting rooms. We run a youth and children’s programme on Sundays and use all the rooms on the site to accommodate the various age groups and their activities.
We are relaxed and informal in our style of gathering and committed to exploring our Christian spirituality and its expression. We remain committed to the Bible and its teachings whilst at the same believing that God acts and speaks today. We are open and expectant of Him moving amongst us both when we gather and when we are dispersed.
As a local church, we are committed to serving one another and serving our neighbours in mission. We are also committed to learning and growing together. We prefer not to use labels – so we refer to ourselves as a community of people, with Christ at the centre, where all are welcome.
Its patron, at the height of the 18th century evangelical revival, was Selina, Countess of Huntingdon. There are currently 20 churches in the English Connexion and about double that number in the Sierra Leone Huntingdon churches; a link that stretches back over two hundred years. The chapel currently supports projects in Sierra Leone.