Castletown Methodist Church
Methodist Church traces its story back to the visits of John Wesley,
the founder of Methodism, to Castletown in the eighteenth century.
It is sometimes known locally as Arbory Street to distinguish it
from Malew Street when the former was the Wesleyan Methodist and
the latter the Primitive Methodist Chapel.
These two denominations were part of the union which formed the
current Methodist Church in 1932 and the two congregations in Castletown
united in the one building in 1975. Malew Street Chapel is still
a landmark in the town but is currently an office development.
Castletown Methodist Church is part of the Castletown Circuit,
one of three Circuits in the Isle of Man District which in turn
is part of the British Methodist Connexion. The church shares three
ministers with the ten other churches of the circuit. The Superintendent
Minister, Rev 'd Stephen Caddy, is resident in Castletown while
the other two live in Port Erin. The Minister in Local Appointment
is Rev'd Kath Corkish.
other churches in the Circuit are at Ballabeg, Ballafesson, Ballagarey,
Ballakilpheric, Colby, Croit-e-Caley, The Howe, Kerrowkeil, Port
Erin and Port St Mary. The Church has services every Sunday Morning
at 10.30 a.m. and either a service or a fellowship meeting every
Sunday evening at 6.30 p.m.
On the third Sunday of every month the morning service of "All
Age Worship" is an inclusive service so that all ages can worship
On the other Sundays there is a Sunday School also at 10.30 a.m.
Including ministers there are fourteen Preachers in the Circuit
regularly taking services and a timetable of who is where and when
is printed four times a year. This is known as The Plan and copies
are available at the church or on request.
Castletown Church has a second Sunday School in Ballasalla. This
meets in the Scout Hall at 10.00 a.m. every week. On the third
of every month this becomes a Family Service so that parents and
others can join the children in worship.
Other children's activities at Castletown include:
|The Toddler Group is at
the moment only on Mondays in
Term time 9.45 - 11.30 am
|Sessions still cost 50p
per family per session to include Craft, refreshments, Talk,
drinks and snacks
The "Craft Workshop" meets meets from 2.30-5.30pm on
Tuesdays in term time only and open to Toddlers and school aged
children - £1
per child to include craft materials, Talk, drinks and snacks.
Castletown Methodist Church held a "Christmas Craft Workshop" in
the October 2002 half term school holidays. A separate page records
the "Christmas Craft
There is also a Sunday School which is in operation each week
apart from All Age Worship. Sarah Griffiths takes the 3-years plus
and Walter Callister takes the older children, generally after
the second hymn in the Service.
Good News Club has now closed - further details to be confirmed.
There will not be
an All Age Worship Service in August owing to it being a 'holiday
month'; the next Age Worship Service is at 10.30am on Sunday
The Tuesday Ladies Group was started by Sister Lynne Sylvester
(she is now in a Circuit over in the UK) approximately 4 years
ago. It is a social
group for the Southern Circuit for the Methodist Church although
other denominations (and even non-Church goers) are encourage
to our meetings which are (usually) on the second Tuesday each
month. Sarah Griffiths is currently putting together the
2004-5 Programme featuring a variety of Speakers. Visits, meals
etc planned. If
anyone is interested in more information on the Group they can
contact Sarah on 01624 834632 or by e-mail
Throughout the year there is a varied programme of events. News
of Castletown and the other churches in the Circuit can be found
in 'The Methodist
Monthly' a local publication with a self-explanatory title.
Visit the family
Nativity Service held Sunday 15th December 2002