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Welcome to St John's

Built in 1782, our Grade 2 listed village Chapel  is one of the oldest Methodist Churches in the world still in use as a place of worship. It is on the edge of the Peak District in North Derbyshire. It is Grade 2 listed, and very much a living church with a small, regular and caring congregation.
Details of where we are and how to find us are on our location page. It also has details of our community with links to other local organisations, attractions and customs

Normally our weekly Sunday services are at 10.30am (though our monthly Messy church worship starts at 10.00am). Monthly evening services, generally of a reflective nature, are at 6pm. More details are on our activities page. Very occasionally services are held off- site, for example in the lounge of our local care home, Primrose Court. Known dates will be given below under "News and Coming events."
We are part of the High Peak Partnership  of churches in the Manchester and Stockport District of the Methodist Church in Britain. We also work together with St Matthew's parish church and St Mary's RC church as part of a local covenant known as Hayfield Christians together.

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We take a full part in Partnership and village life, and welcome anyone to join us, regularly or occasionally. A full range of activities are offered. The chapel has an induction loop, wheelchair access, and a disabled toilet. There is a car park, and a small garden, which is kept as a quiet outdoor space. The church has a Fair Trade stall, stocked with Traidcraft goods, open before and after our services. We also run an annual shoe box appeal, and have recently been a collecting point for clothing, toiletries etc. for the "Hope for Refugees" project.

Music is provided by either a pipe organ, a digital piano, or good quality recordings. The organ was built in1856/7 and had a partial rebuild in 1967. It is registered with the National Pipe Organ Register (provided by the British Institute of Organ Studies).

All are welcome and resources activities are available within the church for children.

Website update May 2022

Our activities have reverted to something like normal. Social distancing and mask wearing are acceptable but not required. All can be comfortably seated.

Sunday morning services are generally at 10.30 am and are also being “zoomed” by the High Peak partnership of Methodist churches, of which we are a part. These vary as to which of our churches they come from. They are ideal for people who are unable or unsure about leaving their home. Contact us for a link (differs from week to week). We generally offer a quieter reflective/meditative service on Sunday evenings at 6pm on 26th June, 10th July (a songs of praise service), 24th July, 14th August and 28th August.

The pattern varies for special occasions. Messy church is great fun for both adults and children, and replaces the “normal” morning service. This quarter they are on 12th June, and 10th July, There is a special service on 31st July when we will join with our local Anglicans at St Matthews for a united service.

A further option is to engage with live YouTube streamed services, such as those from Methodist Central Hall, Westminster (11.00 am every Sunday). For occasional visits, these give a sense of belonging to something bigger than our delightful but small, village chapel. These services supplement, rather than replace, our usual activities.

Usually, on Wednesday evenings at 8pm our fellowship (home) group meet for Bible Based activities We can now meet face to face. However, we are taking our usual summer break this quarter and aim to resume on September 14th.

We have been horrified by the war going on in Ukraine. We hold the situation in our prayers and have held kept our church open during the day for private prayer.

If you would like to join in any of these activities then please contact us via our website ( ) or email us at or use Twitter:@HayfMethodists.

St John's Flower Festival 22

Hayfield St Johns Flower Festival
Sun 3 Jul 2022 to Sat 9 Jul 2022

Our successful annual flower festival returns this year for the first time after the pandemic The theme is “Think of a world without any flowers". A well dressing adjoins the church and wells throughout the village will be dressed. Light Refreshments will be on sale. Parties are welcome (prior notification is preferred).

Saturday and Weekdays 11.00-4.30 pm. Sundays 2-4.30. pm No charge to view. Donations welcome.

Closing Songs of Praise service Sunday 10th July at 6.00pm

Hayfield May Queen 2022

May Queen 2022 arriving
May Queen 2022 church service

Further images of events can be found on our "Recent Events" page

Below: The local Open the Book team, incorporating some of our members, recently worked with Hayfield children to act out the feeding of Elijah by the ravens at their school

Feeding of Elijah by the ravens

"The Methodist Church in Britain is committed to safeguarding as an integral part of its life . This involves ensuring there is a safe environment for all activities and a quick response to any concerns. At St John’s we strive to ensure that all our activities are compliant with the national churches policies, procedures and guidelines details of which are on its website ( You can raise any concerns by contacting our safeguarding officer, via this website or in church most Sundays".

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