Littlebeck Methodist Chapel is a small rural Chapel situated in the heart of the Littlebeck Valley, on the edge of the North York Moors, 5 miles from Whitby. The Chapel was opened in 1890 to serve a larger community than at present.
The very popular Coast to Coast walk passes the Chapel door and the area relies heavily on tourism.
Our Chapel policy has always been Open Doors and a few years ago the decision was taken to provide visitors with facilities to make hot drinks, which has proven very popular as evidenced by the messages and prayer requests left by people from all over the world.
In 2013, using donations given in memory of Alice, a faithful servant and member of Chapel for almost 70 years, a shrubbery at the side of the Chapel was cleared, gravelled over and a picnic table installed. This has proved a practical way of outreach to visitors.
One of our congregation had seen an Australian Men’s Shed where men gather to do practical work-mainly wood and metalwork- to reduce isolation, foster camaraderie and provide renewed purpose.
There was no Shed in the whole of North Yorkshire until the SAMS opened in March 2016. Littlebeck Chapel offered the use of their schoolroom and the early “Shedders” ingeniously created equipment storage. Nobody knew what might develop but the activity was welcomed and news was spread by word of mouth and the local media.
Shedders now number around 25 with weekly attendances on Tuesdays and Thursdays totalling about 20. Ages range from 45 to over 80 and include those skilled and unskilled in trades and crafts from joinery, stick making, carving and wood turning.
Time is also spent in conversation and playing dominoes!
We have also started a monthly “Coffee Break” for ladies with an attendance of 12 or more and are looking for more ways to meet the needs of our far-flung community.
Sunday worship continues to be our priority and we also have a weekly Bible Study along with Winter Fellowship Groups.
We feel that Littlebeck Chapel is ideally suited for Quiet Days and mini conferences in the Spring and Summer months.