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Calderdale Methodist Circuit : Hebden Royd Methodist Church

Market Street, Hebden Bridge. HX7 6EU : Streetmap (link opens in a new window)

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Photo of Hebden Royd Methodist Church
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Painting of Jesus
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Hebden Royd Methodist Church: God inspired, Christ centred, Spirit filled

Our mission is to worship and serve God through our community to:

  1. Increase awareness of God's presence and to celebrate God's love;
  2. Be a good neighbour to people in need and to challenge injustice;
  3. Help people to grow and learn as Christians;
  4. Make more followers of Jesus Christ.

We offer you a warm welcome and invite you to share with us.


Email Hebden Royd Methodist Church .

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Rev. A Kathie Heathcoat

Email Kathie

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Senior Steward

Maureen Readle

Email Maureen


Mission Centre Manager (including room hire)


Phone 01422 843151

Our worship

Our Sunday morning services are held at 10:30am. We worship in a variety of different ways, some led by our minister, some by local preachers or worship groups. Each brings something of their own passion to our services – sometimes there is a focus on music, sometimes it is quiet and contemplative, sometimes we celebrate the traditions of the church, sometimes we are informal and energetic.

There is always a warm welcome for all who worship with us.

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Our Harvest gifts for the Food Support Drop In, Halifax
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Carols by Candlelight

Sunday School

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Happy Easter gift bags from the Sunday School

We have a small but growing Sunday School, led by a team of enthusiastic helpers with lots of different kinds of experience: teachers, parents, just people who remember being a child themselves! Regular team members are DBS-checked, and attend safeguarding training to make sure we are offering a safe experience for children. Our focus is on sharing our faith in a fun, interesting environment that helps children think for themselves.

The children take an active part in Sunday worship. The leaders use Roots so the children follow the lectionary theme with the adults.

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Prayer trees created by the Sunday School for an All Age service

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All Things Bright and Beautiful.
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Will Your Anchor Hold?

The Church took part in the Circuit Flower Festival at Mount Zion Methodist Church in 2017. Pictures show Hebden Royd Methodist's flower arrangements:

Messy Church

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Joseph's coat of many colours
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Decorated biscuits representing Joseph and his brothers

Our first Messy Church focused around the Old Testament story of Joseph. Children enjoyed various craft activities:

  • Decorated gingerbread men (representing Joseph and his brothers);
  • Decorated gingerbread men (representing Joseph and his brothers);
  • Coat of Many Colours collage;
  • Thumb print people (representing Joseph and his brothers);
  • Pharaoh's Mask colouring in;
  • Lego pyramids to build
  • Puzzle and activity sheets.

Monday group

This is a group open to all for friendly worship, discussion, bible study, prayer, chat and refreshments. It is led by group members and held in people's homes.

If you are thinking about some big questions and you want to explore them with others, but you are not sure that a formal church service is what you need right now, this kind of group might be what you are looking for.

So if you think this kind of group might be the right kind of thing for you, but you can't make Mondays, get in touch and we can have a chat about it.

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Soul Space

We are offering new ways of worship through Soul Space, an informal, inclusive and thought provoking mix of songs, poetry, spoken word and image around a central theme.

Men's Meal and Fellowship

We meet every two months on the third Friday at 6.30pm starting with a substantial two course meal followed by a speaker. Normally we have up to 30 men, open to church members and friends. We have been holding these evenings for 16 years starting at Mytholmroyd Methodist Church and continuing at Hebden Royd. We see this as a way of contacting men in our community and introducing them to church life.

Hebden Royd Ladies' Club

We have a Hebden Royd Ladies' Club which meets every other Tuesday, with alternate lunch and evening meetings. There are sometimes speakers, sometimes activities, and always a chance to share fellowship and socialise.

Tuesday Fellowship and Discussion

The group meet every month in different people's homes in Mytholmroyd on a Tuesday afternoon from 1pm and finish in time for people to pick up children from school. The group decides the topic for each month and take turns to lead. Topics covered include: Jezebel – is she as bad as she is portrayed? Tamar – fighting for her rights; Naomi – faithfulness and persistence; Esther – in the right place at the right time.

Food and Fellowship on a Thursday

On the first Thursday of every month a delicious, healthy meal is cooked and served by volunteers to be enjoyed together. It is open to everyone, but there are limited places, so if you are interested in coming along, make sure we keep a place for you by contacting us in advance.

Hebden Royd Churches Together

We have a good relationship with other churches in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd, with occasional joint services with St James C of E and Hope Baptist. We were happy to share our building with the Good Shepherd church from Mytholmroyd when their building was unusable for a few months after the Boxing Day flood in 2016.

Our community

Other groups in the community offer activities from our building; some of the activities that take place include:

  • Computer Classes
  • 5Rhythym Dance
  • Messy Play
  • Hepton Singers
  • Local History Society
  • Halifax Bee Keepers
  • Calder Valley Voices
  • Soup Dragon community café
  • Dance Festival

Hiring our premises

Please email the Mission Centre Manager (details above).

Please note that our Mission Centre Manager works on a part time basis. He will respond to you as soon as possible.


We have a hearing loop system. A screen, projector, laptop (for DVD and presentations) and sound facilities are available by prior arrangement.


We are on the main roadside leading to Todmorden just beyond the Co-op. We have on-site parking for about 12 cars. (Do not use the Co-op car park and check parking fees and restrictions if you need to park in town!)


The church building was opened in 1975 as an amalgamation of three Methodist societies in Hebden Bridge. It is the third chapel on the site which originally accommodated Salem, an offshoot of Heptonstall. The first church was built and opened in 1824, being replaced in 1885 by an imposing structure with accommodation for 1050.

Over the last few years, established Methodist churches in Old Town, Luddendenfoot & Midgley, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd, have all joined together in the Hebden Bridge building, creating our new community of Hebden Royd Methodists.

Hebden Royd Worship Team

Who are the Hebden Royd Worship Team? Graham, Maureen and Linda Denning, ordinary members of Hebden Royd Methodist church and St Michael's Parish Church, Mytholmroyd.

What do we offer? The Hebden Royd Worship Team take planned services in place of a local preacher or minister. We are not a music group (although we may use music in our services) and are not available outside of the planned dates (we also have responsibilities to our home church).

Our services are usually all-age worship based around a theme, such as the Light of God, Water, our Spiritual Journey, Heart & Soul, and Prayer. Instead of a sermon, we use readings, meditation and drama to create an atmosphere for worship.

Our services are particularly aimed at small and medium sized congregations as we encourage everyone to participate in some way.

Background: The Hebden Royd Worship Group grew out of a conversation between Graham and Tony Buglass in 2005 about the difficulty of filling the weekly preaching appointments for the churches in the then Upper Calder Circuit. Graham suggested forming a group to develop a service around a theme which could be gradually taken to all the churches in the circuit. The Hebden Royd Worship Team was born!

Contact The Hebden Royd Worship Team: Email Maureen