MUDDIFORD

UNITED REFORMED

CHURCH

Please come and join us. All welcome.

For  more information please ring

01271 850438



Prayer for Peace, based on the words attributed to Francis of Assisi:

 

Make me a channel of your peace, 

where there is hatred let me bring your love,

where there is injury, your pardon Lord,

and where there is doubt, true faith in you.

 

Make me a channel of your peace 

where there's despair in life let me bring hope

where there is darkness, only light,

and where there is sadness, let me bring joy.

 

Make me a channel of your peace

It is in forgiving, that we are forgiven

and in giving to others that we receive

and in dying that we enter into eternal life.

 

 

 Sunday Worship at 10.00am 

every week.

 

You can join us in person or via Zoom. Please get in touch for the login details.

 

All ages are welcome.

 

Services for January 2023

  

   Jan 1    -    Mrs Helen Potter

   Jan  8   -     Revd John Robinson

   Jan 15  -     Mr John Symons

   Jan 22  -     Revd Rob Weston – including a talk by a

                      missionary from the London City Mission

   Jan 29  -     Mr Duncan Withall

                               

Services in February 2023 

 

   Feb  5  -   Tim Hedgecock

   Feb 12  -   Peter Edwardson

   Feb 19  -   Revd John Robinson

   Feb  26  -  Paula Littlewood

 



What was it?

A stone beside a stream?  Yes, a foundation stone for what was to become a place of worship for generations to come! It was 1845 and the local congregation, which until then had met in a small wooden chapel adjoining a cottage in Muddiford, were able to purchase a plot of land by the Colam Stream for a larger stone chapel to be built to house their growing congregation. The chapel built at a cost of £250, was almost entirely paid for by members of the parish and was officially opened on September 9th 1846. 110 people attended the opening service and the total offerings received on that day amounted to £11, equivalent to almost £600 today!  A generous benefactor paid for a solid oak front door, which is in place to this day. 

 

 

What's in a name?

Nothing is for ever; the building was initially known as The Independent Chapel, then Muddiford Congregational Church and since 1972 Muddiford United Reformed Church. Over the years different ministers have over-seen the church, different people have taken services, various folk have worshipped there but through it all the welcome and witness remain the same.

Similarly the early days of the Sunday School (led by John Prideaux for 36years) with anniversary services & festivals may be a far cry from a more recent youth club, but the message of Jesus has reached young people down the generations.

    On 22nd December 2012 when the Christmas decorations were in place, the building was badly flooded (you can't be much closer to water!). A disaster? Maybe but, as part of the re-ordering process, a decision was made to remove most of the pews and replace them with comfortable chairs; meanwhile a cross, crafted from one of the pews, was erected on the wall at the front of the church.