St Bartholomew’s United Church
St Bart's is a united shared church, a status that dates back to 1975 when the Methodist and Anglican churches in Quorn first came together. The United Church is served by a full-time stipendiary Vicar, the Rev. David Bowler, who has been in post since 1988 and has no other churches. Consequently the dominant tradition is Anglican, though both Ministers and Local Preachers share in worship. Other members of the ministry team are a part time Family Worker and a licensed Pastoral Assistant. There are about 120 people on the electoral roll, while average Sunday attendance is about 90.
Three services are normally held each Sunday, at 8.00am, 10.30am (the best attended) and 6.30pm. An additional communion service is held on Thursday morning, and there is a well attended Messy Church on the second Sunday of the month at 4.00pm.
The granite building itself, Romanesque in origin with additions in each successive century, is Grade 1 listed. It contains a private chantry chapel in excellent condition, and the 14th century tower contains a peel of eight bells. Its 20th century two storey extension, housing kitchen, toilets and various other rooms, was funded through sale of Quorn’s Methodist chapel a few years after the churches unified. Music is led from a fine organ and a four-part adult choir leads singing on Sundays.
The church also owns a well used and fully refurbished hall nearby which houses a daily nursery as well as accommodating a wide range of church and other events. There is a close relationship with the C of E primary school, named after the church, and also with Rawlins C of E Academy, the Vicar being a Governor of both schools.
Financially the church is stretched to meet a full Parish Gift to the Diocese as well as Circuit Assessment and the costs of an expensive building, so generous giving is constantly encouraged. In terms of churchmanship Quorn United is recognisably both Methodist and Anglican, its members acknowledging and respecting both traditions, and engaging in the wider life of both. Governance is in the hands of a ‘United Church Council’ which serves the dual purpose of Parochial Church Council and Methodist Church Council. Its members are all Trustees of the church. Church Stewards and Church Wardens form a single body which covers all the roles demanded of those offices.
- Monday 10.30 – 11.30 am ‘Bart’s Babes’ pre-school
- Tuesday 7.30 pm BellRingers
- Friday 7.45 pm Choir
- Saturday 10.00 – 12.00 ‘Coffee & Chat