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History of the Church Organ 

The two-manual and pedal Rothwell Pipe Organ was originally built in 1927 for the George Cadbury Memorial hall, on the Bristol Road in Birmingham. This was in memory of one of the two brothers who founded the famous chocolate firm. The pipes were installed at the rear of the stage and also above the proscenium arch.

Earlsdon Methodist Church's first pipe organ, which was obtained second-hand in 1927, was a 3-manual and pedal pipe organ by Connacher, Sheffield & Co of Birmingham. Because it was installed in a tiny chamber at the front of the church there was no room for anyone to tune or maintain the instrument, and by the late 1960's it had totally collapsed.

Mr Frank Hutchinson, a member of the church choir at the time, hearing that the church was seeking a replacement organ, offered to purchase the Rothewell organ from Birmingham where the hall was being sold to Birmingham University, the organ being no longer required.

In 1970/71 this was installed in the space previously occupied by the old organ and the choir stalls. The appearance of the sanctuary was modernised, and included the present louvred screen in front of all the pipes. This rebuilding was undertaken by Harris Church Organs of Birmingham, and the organ was provided with a console made from a domestic electronic instrument.

The console and organ gave good service over the years, right into the new millenium, but by 2004 many faults were developing in the instrument and a refurbishment appeal was launched. Over the next seven years the organists donated their wages, various members gave generously, and fund raising concerts were held.

Proposals for the refurbishment plans were discussed with about 12 organ-building firms, and those by Cousans Organs of Leicester, submitted by Mr Ian Carter, were the ones finally approved. In 2011 sufficient money to do the most urgent repairs and renovations was accumulated and the work began in January of the year.

All of the pipework (except for the very largest pipes) was removed from the organ and thoroughly cleaned and repaired; reed pipes were fitted with new tuning springs; flue pipes were fitted with new tuning slides; and all of the wind supply bellows were re-leathered, as were the auxiliary chests for 8-foot stops and the pedal division.

Organist Will Light obtained a pedal reed stop called the Ophicleide from a church in Beulah Hill, London, which was disposing of its pipe organ. This rank of pipes was by Robert Hope-Jones, a well-known organ builder in the 19th and early 20th centuries, who later went to America where he teamed up with Rudolph Würlitzer to develop the Theatre Organ - familiar in many cinemas in the 1930's and 1940's.

Mr Harris had added some small high-pitched stops to brighten the organ's sound in 1970, and now Will and Ian have added the deep bass tone of the Ophicleide to strengthen the bottom end of the tone spectrum and add what some would call "gravitas" to the full organ sound.(Others may have another name for it!)

My hope is that, with the work that has been done, not only will the sound of the organ be improved, but that the organ will be given a new lease of life, so that it can continue to lead the worship of Almighty God in Earlsdon fro many years to come - long after I and our present-day church community have departed.


Will Light, Organist 2011

This text is taken from the Souvenir Programme of the Grand Opening Concert 10th September 2011, played by Richard Hills F.R.C.O.

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Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
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Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

For when the church reopens.

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet at the Church Building (details below) for our Sunday Service starting at 10.30am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team.

Following the service we serve tea, coffee and biscuits. It is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to find your bearings. All refreshments are free.

Plan your journey: 

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Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There is a disabled toilet off the back of church.

Our Service

The main service begins at 10.30am, but when the music is led by our Worship Band, we have a few hymns &/or songs before the service starts. There is then a warm welcome from one of our Stewards. Church news & extra notices may also be given at this time. Our services are typically an hour long, with a mixture of hymns, prayers, bible readings and a sermon. One of our leaders will give the sermon that is bible based and that we can apply to our everyday life. We finish with a final worship song before a final prayer is said. (Sometimes there is an opportunity to receive prayer at the end of the service.)


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What about my kids?

As with Sunday Services, all children’s groups held at the church have ceased until further notice due to Covid-19. If you would like information of on-line Sunday Schools & other such activities available for children during this time please Contact Us.

 
Have you got children? Would you like to bring them to church?
 

Earlsdon Methodist Church aims to provide a safe & welcoming environment in which children can be themselves & have fun learning about our Christian faith. Please see our Sunday Services page for more information on Sunday morning groups for children.

 
Current mid-week groups available for children are as follows:

  • Parent & Toddler Group – every Thursday morning between 9.30-11 am. This is led by church members & is open to parents & carers with children aged 0-3 years.
     
  • Prayers & Bears – every Wednesday morning starting at 8.45 am. This is hosted by the church but led by Tulo & Sarah Raistrick from St Barbara’s C of E Church & is open to parents & carers with children aged ?).
     
  • Dayspring Steel Band – please follow this link for more information.

In addition to the above we now have two youth pastors, Ruda & Ady, & we welcome the new opportunities that they are bringing for our children & youth

 
If you have any questions about any of the above then please Contact Us .

Children

Getting Connected


Small Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, morning, afternoons and evenings.


Our groups include:-

  • Tuesday Prayer Lunch
  • Wednesday Fellowship
  • Wednesday Word
  • Dayspring Steel Band
  • Wellspring Café
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry
Check out Small Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a small group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.
  We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

Best Wishes