Welcome to Bethel Independent Methodist Church, Wigan. We are a community church in Wigan, renowned for its wonderful singing, where you are assured of a warm and friendly welcome. Midweek activities include Ladies Fellowship, Choir, Youth Club, House Groups and Fellowship meetings.
We have two services on a Sunday; the morning service at 10:45am and the evening service at 6:00pm. We also have a Communion Service on the 1st Sunday in the month at the evening service and the 3rd Sunday in the month at the morning service.
When Harry Met William……….
World War Two veteran Harry Melling, from Bethel I.M. Church at Newtown, Wigan, enjoyed a meeting with royalty as he spoke to Prince William at a remembrance service in London.
Harry, a 98-year-old submariner, was a regular attender at Bethel Newtown’s morning and evening services, until he was attacked and robbed on his doorstep a year ago. Following that awful event, he appeared in the national press and in various TV interviews where his Christian spirit came out with him publicly forgiving the thug that attacked him, who has never been caught.
The Royal Navy spotted the news items and found that he is the oldest surviving submariner and since then he has attended various events in Scotland, London and Portsmouth. Prince William asked to speak to him at the Submariners’ Remembrance Service at Middle Temple Gardens and heard about his service in the 1939-45 conflict in the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean. Harry said, “Meeting Prince William was a very special experience, an honour and a pleasure. He was a gentleman and it was nice to talk to him about what it was like during the war.”
Harry still goes to Bethel services when he can and recently attended their WW1 Hot Pot Supper. He now looks forward to his 99th birthday in April.
A Celebration of the 100 Year Anniversary of the WW1 Armistice
On Saturday 10th November 2018, we held a social evening to celebrate this landmark date in history. This included fellowship over a hotpot supper, followed by an evening of music, poetry and songs relating to the first World War.
A table displaying photographs and memorabilia of WW1 was a focus of interest during the evening. This was greatly enjoyed by all who attended.