The Methodist Church in Bamford is a body of people within the local community, drawn together by the love of God in Christ, to worship, pray and try to follow the teaching of Jesus, by sharing, caring and encouraging others to know and love God.
Bamford’s minister, the Rev. Richard Towle, resides in Hathersage and has pastoral oversight of seven other churches in his section of the Peak Circuit. Services of worship are held each Sunday at 10.45 am and are led by the minister and local or visiting preachers. There is a ‘Sunday Group’ for children and young people.
On Wednesday mornings at 9.30 am folk (other churches included) meet for prayer. ‘Meet & Eat', organised by Christians Together in Bamford, is informal worship followed by refreshment and takes place in the hall monthly on Saturday evenings. The church takes a full part in all the activities arranged by Christians Together in Bamford and is happy that closer links are being forged between the churches. The chapel, built in 1811 and subsequently re-built and extended, stands on the main road but is entered from Taggs Knoll.
The hall beneath the chapel provides good facilities for church activities and for community use.
"The Story Keepers club meets weekly during term time in the Methodist Church lower hall for primary school children. Our children's worker Lin Chilcott, with help from local volunteers, leads the sessions which include games, videos, craft, singing and bible teaching. About 15 children meet each week and have a good time learning, playing and doing. The club is sponsored by the Hope Valley Christian Youth Organisation; for more information go to www.hopevalleyouth.org.uk"