The Methodist Church in Retford

by | 25 November 2023 | Community Event, Community facility, Retford, Social Group

The Grove and Hallcroft Methodist Churches work closely together to form the Methodist Church in Retford. For more information on the below or on services at either church, visit, search Grove Street Methodist Church on Facebook, or phone 01777 702330.

‘Christmas is a’Coming’ and services and events in both churches during December reflect the festive and worshipful time, starting with a United Churches service in the marketplace.
Service timetable below; all dates in December.

  • 3rd: 10.30am – Service with Holy Communion The Grove
  • 3rd: 4.00pm – Service with Holy Communion Hallcroft
  • 10th: 10.30am – Open Door Calm Space The Grove
  • 10th: 10.45am – Chapel Anniversary with Lunch Hallcroft
  • 10th: 4.00pm – Messy Church Christingle The Grove
  • 17th: 10.30am – Nativity Service The Grove
  • 17th: 4.00pm – Service Hallcroft
  • 24th: 10.30am – Holy Communion The Grove
  • 24th: 6.00pm – Carols by Candlelight Hallcroft
  • 25th: 10.30am – Christmas Day Service The Grove
  • 31st: 10.45am – United Service Hallcroft
  • 31st: 11.30pm – Night Service with Holy Communion The Grove

Service in the Market Square

On Sunday 26th November, representatives from the Retford Churches will lead worship in the square. They will be accompanied by the Elizabethan Academy Choir who will be singing carols to support the service. The service will be preceded by a parade led by the Blue Ice Cheer Leaders. The parade will leave the Grove Church at 10.20am.

Wrap up warm and join in – it’s a great way to start Christmas!


Star-studded Christmas Spectacular, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November, 10.00am to 5.00pm, The Grove
This Christmas event replaces the annual Star Festival for this year only and will be held in Chapelgate Hall at the back of the church, accessed via Union Street.
There will be craft stalls, activities for the children, decorating the Christmas tree, tombola and entertainment from the Edwardian Singers, Steven Carey, the Salvation Army Band, the Ukulele Group, the Community Choir and the Makaton Choir.

Advent Course, 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd December, 9.30am to 10.30am, The Grove
This year’s course will be based on the Narnia Chronicles, discussing CS Lewis’ classic tale ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’. All welcome; more details and a book from 01777 702573.

Thursday Coffee Morning
Throughout December, Hallcroft

Bright Hour, 7th December, 2.30pm, The Grove
Carol Service led by Reverend Julie Coates in the Albert Hall.

Saturday Elevenses Charity Coffee Morning, 10.00am to 12.00pm, The Grove
Meetings throughout December in the newly decorated foyer at the front of church. 9th December morning in aid of RNLI. If you would like to book a Saturday Coffee slot for your favourite charity contact Barbara Wison on 01777 710834.

Chapel Anniversary Lunch, Sunday 10th December, after 10.45am service, Hallcroft
Book tickets from 01777 948714.

Thursday Lunches Christmas Lunch, 14th December, 12.00pm, The Grove
Tickets £10.00; buy from Thursday Lunches (every Thursday at 12.00pm) before the event.

Food Hub, Fridays 22nd and 29th December, 2.00pm, The Grove
This popular Food Hub will be running again in the school holidays.

The Listening Place, Saturday 30th December, 2.30pm, The Grove
This is a special place you can come to when hope is at a low ebb or when grief has become unbearable and needs to be shared. You will find a quiet place and a small group of people who will listen and share over a cup of tea. Meeting in the Albert Hall; contact 01777 702330.