Over Primitive Methodist Chapel


Over Primitive Methodist Chapel | By Keith Guyler, 1988
By Keith Guyler, 1988

Records give evidence that there were 9 members in a Methodist Society in 1824 and meetings were held in farm buildings before a house was registered in 1836. Over Chapel was built in 1848 and the word “REHOBOTH” on a tablet above the door which is a Hebrew word meaning “enlargement”. By 1857 a gallery was added to the Chapel so that more seats could be added to increase the seating to 140 due to the demand. In 1861 extra land was purchased and a school room was built where, in 1884, 112 children attended. By 1989 the chapel was going into decline and was in need of a total renovation which happened in 1990. The following year, the first service was held in the newly renovated hall and in 2013 it was reported that regular service was still taking place.




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  • Actually there is a mistake in my first comment: I actually visited the chapel three times. The one I forgot was a Methodist Revival Fellowship meeting in the mid 1960s. MRF meetings had a strong formative effect on my early Christian life, an effect which retains its influence to this day.

    By David Young (20/02/2016)
  • I have twice visited this beautiful chapel, and on the second occasion I came away wondering whether there might be a parable to learn here. On the first occasion, a Sunday, I and another man, whom I didn’t know, both believed we were engaged to preach there that evening. (It is a mystery how that should have happened in view of The Plan.) The other preacher had arrived first, so I sat in the congregation during the service instead of preaching. On a later date I was in the village again and had a camera with me, and as there was someone there (the cleaner, perhaps?), I asked whether I might come in, see again the pulpit where I had expected to preach, and – as the chapel is beautiful inside as well as out – take a photograph. I was told that was not acceptable, and I left without gaining admittance. So the door to Over remained closed to me a second time. A double disappointment.

    Then I pondered: Isn’t this just how the Gospel came to Europe? Paul attempts to preach in Bithynia, passes by Mysia, goes on to Troas, and is called to move on to Philippi, where Lydia and her entire household believe, are baptised, and form perhaps the first church in Macedonia. Like Paul (and many others), we sometimes want to do something for good, perhaps the best, reasons, but the door won’t open, we do something different, and God blesses it: in fact, God planned it in the first place!

    By David Young (23/09/2015)

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